Last week, Barclay Tagg. This week, Shug McGaughey.

Last week, a Red Smith upset with Dave. This week, a Stuyvesant upset with Hunting. Thats how a Hall of Famer keeps up with a future Hall of Famer on their home grounds in New York.

But just like Tagg shipped into Churchill to complete a stakes double with favorite Bit of Whimsy, so did McGaughey ship back home to Louisville to win the Cardinal with favorite Criminologist.

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Looks like the good Edgar Prado is back. It was unusual that he returned to resume riding at Aqueduct. We thought more of an extended break following his most recent mishap we'd see him return in Florida. But he probably wanted to get the rust out, get his timing back.

All of it was on display in yesterdays Aqueduct finale. Saving ground, riding aggressively yet saving horse, he finished strongly to complete the daily double while being challenged by a rival in the stretch throughout. It was vintage Prado. The message was clear: Edgars back.

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This late in the fall at Aqueduct, its not often that debuting two-year-olds surface that show some extraordinary talent. In yesterdays fourth race, Saratoga Russell, not expected to be fast away from the gate, left the barrier like a shot. He set strong fractions, opened the lead out after straightening away into the stretch, and appeared home free.

Enter National Pride on the scene. He made a big stretch burst, settled suddenly, then went into overdrive, blowing by the leader inside the sixteenth pole, lunging out of his skin in the shadow of the wire to win going away in 1:09 4/5. His stride appeared a hundred feet long.

If you get a chance to see a replay, do so. His action at the finish was nothing less than remarkable. Cant wait to see it again myself.