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The “speed” is the horse to beat in the 5-1/2 furlong Quick Call today at Saratoga. We think we have the horse right here.

Jack and Noah (1-1) but there should be more pressure Friday than he had to handle going 6 furlongs at Belmont Park. We’re not sure how the mini-turnback will affect this sprinter.

But we know it will help his stablemate Old Chestnut (6-1) because his best work has been done in shorter turf sprints like this one.

The race they came out of already produced a next out winner. ‘Chestnut’ was jammed slightly leaving the gate and lost early position, leaving him with too much to do.

He benefits from a four pound weight switch with his mate and the race which he appeared to need. He’s been trained aggressively since.

The Spa turf has been cutting down the speed and we’re hoping that trend continues here. We’re going for the gusto.

Taking Old Chestnut to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with the favorite and the horse that split the Casse pair at Belmont, Turned Aside (2-1), who also will benefit from his last.

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  1. “What’s the sense in being Irish if you can’t be stupid?” was Irish fighter Billy Conn’s famous reply to reporters as to why he just did keep his distance from Joe Louis late in his title fight. Ahead on all cards, and fighting out of his weight class, all that Conn needed to do for the win was dance and box as he was much faster than the exhausted Louis. The heavyweight title was his until he decided that he would knock Louis out. End result, in Round 13, Billy Conn was the man on the canvas.

    Any hoot, all the same makeup captured in my DNA, I see your key exacta box John, but I am going with the fifty cent tri box, “boxing and dancing” with your runners in quest of the triple. Learning everyday as well I am said Sam, as I am also going with the value added win bet based on your counsel.

    Riders Up my friend! Hope we meet at the Cashier’s Window after. I’ve got you covered on the first libation.

    1. Transparency: As you may, or may not, know, I do the Feature Race for the NBC Albany affiliate WNYC during the Spa meet and the races are such that we’ve picked a lot of short priced favorites, most of which have won. I was getting embarrassed doing that and thought I’d throw deep here, albeit not frivolously.

      Old Chestnut made my horses to watch list last year at WO and in his last race showed a promising off-pace dimension. Obviously hoping the speed gets softened by the outside horse today. We’ll see, that’s why they call it gambling. Bon chance

  2. Rice horses are firing early at the Spa. I don’t expect this stable to cool off at this meet.

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