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It either takes lots of heart or lots of stupidity to go against the tandem of Christophe Clement and Irad Ortiz in Thursday’s featured New York Stallion Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile on the turf. We’re taking the no-guts, no-glory route.

Fresco (1-1) deserves to be favorite even if she technically is a maiden vs. winners, which wouldn’t be true if the nose-bob went the other way. It certainly was a ‘winning’ effort.

But Dixie Cannon (9-2) has much going for her. For openers, first-time New York-bred. Further, she’s the lone dual turf winner in the field.

Further, she owns competitive figures, has tactical speed and inside position and attracts Jose Ortiz, who should get first run on his brother here.

Maryland-based Kelly Rubley generally ships to the Spa for a reason and not just for the season–especially the 2020 season!

We’re taking Dixie Cannon to win at 3-1 or greater and boxing the Ortiz brothers in the exacta.

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  1. Tired of watching a couple of Japanese beetles copulating on a rose bush leaf, I opened the laptop and checked the pp’s of the race above. As usual all the entrants’ owners will get a check at a minimum of twice the cost of entering the race. Hoping a horseplayer, somewhere, will make a profit of $1400 betting the race.

    Fresco will be odds-on, thus the race s/be passed; come to think of it, aren’t most stake races in this category? A couple entrants are ‘fillers’ and do not belong in the race. My nose started itching when I looked at Officer Hutchey trained by Linda Rice and ridden by Lezcano. Why not? Worth a Jackson.

  2. On paper and considering the roll Mr Clement is on, Fresco is a deserving favorite. I think my horse has a better than puncher’s chance to upset. If I don’t win it, I’ll be rooting for your ‘Jackson’.

  3. I imagine, Mr. Pricci, that you got a bit exited when your selection turned for home on the lead. As I told Alice, Fresco is just toying with this field. Fresco would not have been so lackadaisical if Linda’s blue blood was in the race. Hope you bet a $100 exacta box. Doubt any horseplayer on the planet who bet the race made anywhere near what the blue blood’s owner received when his plodder staggered home dead last.

    Another stake race, another sucker bet for horseplayers.


    1. My wife has her mail in ballot and mine is on the way. If I had to, I’d risk my life to get this evil fascist out of America’s life.

      Yes, box the exacta, made pennies, tomorrow another day. When I saw where Irad had the favorite, at headstretch, I knew I was in trouble, trust me.

  4. John, I’m waiting for the day when the Democratic Presidential challenger has to respond to some serious questioning. I’m rooting hard against your selection in this particular horse race.

  5. Everyone’s entitled, the difference is the challenger knows what he doesn’t know, he will surround himself with qualified people who are smarter than himself, trusts science, is a uniter not a divider, is not a racist, mysogynist or sex offender, and has not put bounties on our troops, created a Secret Police that tear gases moms with arms embraced (1878 Posse Comitatus Act) , from the start took “no responsibility” against a plague, extorted an ally to help himself politically, profited from his office (Emoluments Clause) but can distinguish an elephant from a snake or a camel, so there is that…

    1. I could poke holes in virtually every point you made. I would agree that “the challenger knows what he doesn’t know” and will also wait to hear how he responds to critical situations where he knows far more than he’s been willing to disclose . . .

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