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Top or bottom? Those are the choices in Friday’s Hallandale feature. Starship Aurora (7-2) just missed at the hybrid 6-1/2 furlong distance, her dirt debut after five races on either turf or the All-Weather.

Since her last she’s been working on schedule for Steve Dwoskin and Leonel Reyes takes the return call on the filly who was probably best last time, undone at headstretch before roaring home late.

However, it’s highly likely that Jose Pinchin has something to prove as he takes over the training of Atomically (6-5) after having spent the summer in the Todd Pletcher shed.

Atomically won two races for this barn to begin her career and she returns here for her first start since April 1.

Getting class relief dropping out of graded stakes, she’s worked every week since late July for her return and gets first Lasix for her return. Perfectly spotted here.

Taking Atomically to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Starship Aurora.

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  1. Riders Up on the top and bottom picks in EX and just for fun add a $2 fifty cent SF as well.
    The Man in the Glass suggested I play the extra two bucks, lol. See below for a more detailed analysis without analysis.

    SPR – Gulfstream Park – Race 8
    1st: 1, 8
    2nd: 1, 8
    3rd: 4, 7
    4th: 4, 7

    Bets (4)Amount: $0.50Total: $2.00

    The Man in the Glass

    When you get what you want in your struggle for self
    and the world makes you king for a day
    Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
    and see what that man has to say

    For it isn’t your father or mother or wife
    who judgment upon you must pass
    The fellow whose verdict counts the most in your life
    is the one staring back from the glass

    Some people may think you a straight-shooting chum
    and call you a wonderful guy
    But the guy in the glass says you’re only a bum
    if you can’t look him straight in the eye

    He’s the fellow to please never mind all the rest
    for he’s with you clear up to the end
    And you’ve passed your most dangerous difficult test
    if the man in the glass is your friend

    You may fool the whole world down the pathway
    of life and get pats on the back as pass
    But your final reward will be heartaches and
    tears if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

    The Man in the Glass said to “Go Carmine” with a Pricci ticket today at Gulfstream. Safe journey to all.

  2. Words of wisdom, McD; you do have your moments.

    Hopefully that wisdom includes the eighth at Gulfstream.

    Just for the record, George Sholty was my favorite… but everybody loved Carmine

    1. My “Out of the Gate” First Call jockey was always Johnny Ruane in the world of the thoroughbreds John. I was never as much a fan of the trotters and pacers, as I could never get a read if they were pulling back on the reigns or simply guiding their runner forward. The Coke machine rolling down the staircase at RR the night the crowd revolted, lead me to believe it was more pulling back on the reigns. Not that the flats didn’t have their share of cheater types and the like as well, through the 70’s, 80’s, and on and on as well. Buyer always beware, and be aware.

      Anyhoot, John Ruane was always my turn-to for out early. He was simply the best ever at it. I also favored Johnny Rotz as a turn to rider for his timing in a photo finish, somehow so often able to extend a runner’s neck just an inch or so at the finish, in order to steal a photo. Out first at the flats was most always John Ruane in a sprint race.

  3. The Chief certainly loved him, and any time I think of Ruane he was wearing the Hobeau colors–appropriate because their home-breds tended to have high early speed; Beau Purple (beat Kelso, of course), Beau Gar, etc., etc.
    My favorite on the lead was and is to this day Bob Ussery–especially from an outside post!

  4. Back in the sixties, an acquaintance who owned a Deli in East Rockaway touted me onto a pacer he owned. He gave me the horse only six times. Twice at RR, twice at Yonkers, and twice at Monticello. Oddly enough, I am thinking that the pacers name was “Inside Report”. He won all six times paying in the $20 to $40 range over the course of the year. I kind of conjectured maybe at the claiming level, it might have been a game of taking turns. I lost contact after getting drafted. My horseman days gave way to the world of U.S. Army Green.

    I was at Yonkers Raceway on the occasion of Satch Werner’s 76th (?) birthday. He drove from the rail position, and the horse to his immediate left goes offstride wiping out runners 3 through 8 as well. Satch was odds on in the race, so it sure gave the appearance of a present for the old timer. The term “boat race” comes to mind.

    Speaking of old timers, I am catching up to you John. At least the percentage of separation is less. I reach milestone 75 on Sunday. If I ever grow up, I’ll play off you as my benchmark, lol. Always exit leaving with a smile.

  5. * Scratched in Race 8.

    Change in wager:

    SPR – Gulfstream Park – Race 8
    An Indulto Superfecta Key Box:
    2nd: 4, 6, 7
    3rd: 4, 6, 7
    4th: 4, 6, 7
    Bets (24)Amount: $0.10Total: $2.40

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