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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By now you know the players, probably have seen the past performances and have idea what these races are about. These are mine:


Most Probable Winner: Bellafina (9-5)

The Bet: Come Dancing (3-1) to win, boxed exacta

Exotica: Victim of Love (15-1) to complete exotic of choice

Grade 3 TROY

Most Probable Winner: Imprimis (8-5)

The Bet: Chewing Gum (9-2) to win, boxed exacta

Exotica: Key-boxing Chewing Gum in exotics of choice with Imprimis, Shekky Shebaz (5-2), and Pulsate (15-1)

Grade 3 WAYA

Most Probable Winner: Mrs. Sippy (6-5)

The Bet: Olympic Games (4-1) to win, boxed exacta

Exotica: Complete exotics of choice with Quiet Dignity (20-1)

Grade 1 TEST

Most Probable Winner: Gamine (3-5)

The Bet: Venetian Harbor (8-5) to win, boxed exacta

Exotica: Cold trifecta, top two choices with Mrs. Danvers (8-1) third.


Most Probable Winner: Tiz the Law (1-1)

The Bet: Tiz the Law to win, boxed exacta with Uncle Chuck (5-2)

Exotica: Trifecta Key: Tiz the Law over Uncle Chuck, Max Player (6-1), Caracaro (10-1) and South Bend (15-1)

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  1. Too bad that such a glorious card has to end with a whimper of a NY – bred race! I will pick the last horse on the last race,Banker T. Worse than a bitter pill after your favorite dessert.Why such crapola on such a day?Hmnnn!

    1. 1,one lost by neck, 1 got disquaified,three winners but not in that NY bred finale where the winner ,3,got bet in Exactas.Best races by that female horse at 7 f and by Tiz who by the way was picked against by the so called Television Handicappers who picked the 3 horse Uncle Choke.That 7 f race could have been in record time if she had any competition to push her faster.All in all a good New York Day,,too bad that there were no fans or applause for the winners.

  2. OTB, Will check out your sequence.

    Don’t be too tough on the finale; lots of empty barns this year–witness shorter fields almost daily–and they needed to fill 12 to take advantage of Travers day. It’s a big field and that’s what all track want in P4s and P5s…

  3. Wow ! Wide on both turns, wrapped up before the eight pole, won by daylight and Franco couldn’t pull him up after the wire. My hair is standing up. Impressive indeed. Caracaro is going to be a really nice race horse. Only getting better. Gamine is a freak and Venetian Harbor is another horse who should get better with age. Down the road.Trip notes. Look for Pivotal Mission who was in traffic down the lane and with a clear trip should get the money next time. The 8th race had so many trips I don’t know where to begin. Imprimis could have run around again and not get caught. Shekky Shebaz had a lot of horse late, clearly second best and chewing gum needs slightly longer six and a half to seven furlongs. Thanks again for all you do John.

    1. The pleasure is mine, Vincent, you make some excellent observations, thanks for sharing…

    1. So was Serenghety Express but an overlooked young female who I believe broke the record ,or close to it,was the trotter Ramona Hill,daughter of the “Invincible” Muscle Hill,who easily beat the young studs at the Meadowlands’ $ Million Hambo.Just love it when the ” weaker” sex destroys the young punks..That rich race deserved a few minutes attention but being harness opposite such a traditional Saratoga card was ignored.Someone should check the schedules for the exposure,PR,interest but harness seems to have no clues on that dept.No wonder that it keeps on losing patrons,purses,sponsors and visability even if with many of us that was our first ” Horse” sport,now an afterthought even with Million Dollar races won by prodigious fillies and mares.Shame on those who never knew how to Sell their best products!

      1. OTB, Knew of the result and I am yet to see the Hambo replay, will include that along with an assessment of the Travers Day undercard.

      2. You nailed it. First went to RR and YR but attribute that to evening racing. Would catch a bus in Manhattan to RR or take #4 train to Woodlawn Road for YR. Was on #4 coming back from YR one night when we passed Yankee Stadium which was all lit up. It was not baseball season but it was Mohammed Ali vs Ken Norton. Ali won in a close decision. Read that “Bullitt Bob” Meyer passed away. “Head and head, nose to nose for the lead.” Excellent announcer at YR for many years.

        1. Got to meet ‘Bullet Bob’ in Saratoga, called the races until his retirement and he sat in the row behind me at the harness simulcasts every Saturday. He had lots of friends, good man.

          1. I remember a young guy,maybe with curly red hair who would “call” the race at Roosevelt a minute before the start of the real race. He later became the race caller after Jack Lee.Was his name Oil or something similar ?

    2. Gamine had better choose the Oaks. She is tremendous. She has to prove she’s the equal of, say, Rachel Alexander. If BB does try something extraordinary, the Preakness would make more sense. First, let’s her her to excel beyond one turn.

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