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Handicapping Dominatrix SAUHBR Week4 Results!!!

Just give me the tall boots and the whip, ‘cuz I’m kickin’ BT’s butt in SAUHBR! 

BT just posted the accurate scores from last week (I’m sure glad he’s honest, because I cannot do math and he could so take advantage of me) and I’m running on a comfortable lead that just got better this weekend!!

In the Alabama, Proud Spell gamely held off Music Note in a thrilling duel down the ‘Toga stretch, with Little Belle 3rd.  The Distaff this year is gonna rock, if Proud Spell actually runs – the rumor’s flying that Fox Hill Farm is gonna skip the poly.  Music Note threw down, but she just couldn’t surpass the gritty Proud Spell.  Little Belle seems to me like one of those fillies that always shows up, may win a Gr1 but is always overshadowed by her stablemate and then turns out to produce a KY Derby winner.

In the Super Derby Prelude, Star Production, Numismatist and Golden Yank came in for another Tri! 

I also scored some points with Grand Coutourier, BTN, C Karma, Lethal Heat and Fancy Candy. 

As of today, the scores are: The Infield 101, Borderland Totalisator 95

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SAUHBR Week 4 SELECTIONS

I spent all freaking day & most of the night at work.  It was fun, but tiring.  And I nearly forgot to post my selections for Week4!! 

Here they are:

Alabama : 1)Music Note 2)Mushka 3)Proud SPell alt: Little Belle

Del Mar Oaks: 1)Storm Mesa 2)Lethal Heat 3)Misty Ocean  alt: Ginger Pop

Honeymoon S: 1)Candy Ball 2)Royale Madame 3)Nice Inheritance alt:Pretty Squall

Ontario Debutante: 1)C Karma 2)Dancingontheedge 3)Fanci Candi alt:Pretty Thngs

Super Derby Prelude: 1)Golden Yank 2)Star Production 3)Numismatist alt:Poni Colada

Sword Dancer: 1)Dancing Forever 2)Grand Coutourier 3)Better Talk Now alt:Presious Passion

Sorry for the slim post this week.  It’s Elvis Week & I’ve been practilly living at the mansion.

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TRIFECTA!BATTLE ROYALE HEATS UP LIKE AN AUGUST AFTERNOON!!!SAUHBR Week 3 RESULTS!

The SAUHBR action kicked it up a notch this past weekend, leaving Borderland Totalisator and me in a dead-heat for Total (amateur) Handicapping Domination – 65-65!!

YEHAW!!  TRIFECTA, BABY!  1st TRI in SAUHBR was hit by yours truly in the Secretariat Stakes!  Winchester (1)-by daylight-Plan (2)-Tizdejavu(1)!!  Winchester’s victory was so visually impressive he’s going into my new fave category, and the final time wasn’t that bad, either -2:01:76.  TRIPLE POINT BONUS! 12 points!!

But that’s not all — In the Beverly D, Mauralakana (4) and Communique (1) galloped under the wire for an EXACTA!! YESS!  DOUBLE BONUS! 10 points!

Then, as I predicted, the Million was the Euros’ race to lose — they swept the top 3 spots.  Spirit One lead them wire to wire, with Archipenko (2) and Mount Nelson (1) rounding out the tri.  I didn’t hit the winner, but I *did* get the place/show.  Stream Cat was 6th behind Einstein — the best US placing was 4th finisher Silverfoot, who may just have taken my advice on that John Henry juju.  3 points!

BT, on the other hand, didn’t have such stellar luck at Arlington — Tizdejavu got him 1 pt in the Sec, he was shut out in the Bev D, and Archipenko won him a point in the Million.  What happened to you, Glen?

Sunday’s 2yo Sprint Stakes were a little Crazier but I still did pretty decent with the picks …  BUT!  I have a Scoring Q that must wait ’till BT gets back to his computer!!

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GRASS & GO: Arlington Million XXVI/ Two-Year-Old SPRINTS! +SAUHBR Week3 PICKS

My race choices this weekend are polar opposites: Gr1 Turf classics on Saturday at Arlington, and Two-Year-Old Sprints on dirt/poly on Sunday!  Whee!

This year’s Million looks to be a Euro romp, unless by some chance Silverfoot catches the Jambalaya/Tin Man/John Henry spirit and pulls a major upset.  Archipenko is the early fave, with Einstein leading the US contingent.  But here are my picks:

 

1)Mount Nelson
2)Archipenko
3)Stream Cat

alt: Einstein

Mount Nelson just won a hard-fought Coral Eclipse stakes and O’Brien has been on fire this year.  Archipenko will give him a run, but I see the son of The Rock pulling through.  Einstein has to do scads better than he has in his last 2 to even get close to the Euros.  Stream Cat actually won his last out, at Arlington, so I give him an edge over the Scientist. 

Beverly D.

1)Mauralakana
2)Precious Kitten
3)Communique

alt: Ciao

Secretariat Stakes

1)Plan
2)Tizdejavu
3)Winchester

alt:Snoose Goose

 

SUNDAY: SUPER SPEEDY FUTURITY DAY

BEST PAL STAKES Gr2 Del Mar:

1)Captain Steel
2)Azul Leon
3)Charlie’s Moment

alt: S.S. STone

VANDAL Stakes Woodbine:

1)Silver Rocket
2)El Brujo
3)Bucephalus

alt: Win and Reign

Man, this turned out to be a short field.  The top three look pretty well matched, but Silver Rocket had the best workout.  

Northwest Stallion STRONG RULER Stakes Emerald Downs:

1)Burgundy Road
2)Enumerator
3)Toss’Em Again

alt: Nickel Nickel

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Haskell Heartstopper + SAUHBR Results Week2 BT 47, The Infield 39

Big Brown squeezes between Atoned (left) and Magical Forest (right) around the first turn in the Haskell. photo by mel evans/AP/bostonglobe.com

Big Brown squeezes between Atoned (left) and Magical Forest (right) around the first turn in the Haskell. photo by mel evans/AP/bostonglobe.com

What a race!  Big Brown nipped Coal Play at the wire in a thriller Haskell, despite every effort by jockey Desormeaux to lose the race.   I’m not saying Kent was trying to lose, but it just seemed like he wasn’t riding with any confidence in his horse.  After shooting out to the lead at the break, he immediately reined Brown back as Coal Play ran up to challenge.  The Big Horse followed Zito’s rabbit around the track in second, but when the time came to blow past for the win, he didn’t respond.  Coal Play opened up 2 lengths on him and Cool Coal Man and looked very much the winner.  It was more than halfway into the stretch before Big Brown responded to any of Kent’s urging, right-handed whip action.  He raced somewhat greenly, drifting far out to the middle of the track.  Still Coal Play lead, and Cool Coal Man was advancing (albeit sloowly).  Finally, in the last few yards, Big Brown’s mystical “energy button” kicked on, an he somehow managed to pass the pacesetter with enough momentum to carry him across the line 1.5 in front.  In the gallop-out, Brown fought Kent every step of the way, throwing his head up with his mouth hanging open.  It wasn’t pretty. 

For Brown’s next race, they should put Prado back on and see what a difference it would make.  Jock changes aren’t uncommon even with the Big Horses.  Jean Cruget got taken off of Seattle SLew.  Steve Cauthen didn’t always ride Affirmed.  Jerry Bailey didn’t always ride Cigar.  

The partnership between horse and rider was severely shaken up in the Belmont and in SUnday’s Haskell, it seems the ties finally broke.  If we’re only going to enjoy Big Brown 2 more times on the track, the connections would do well to consider the jockey switch.  The horse deserves the best chance he can get for optimal performance.  Especially if it’s up against Curlin, who he must beat for any Horse of the Year honors.

Of course, all of this will be moot if ZENYATTA goes in the Classic instead of the distaff.  That filly is the queen of the Cali condomtrack!   

SAUHBR WEEK 2 RESULTS!!

HASKELL: 1)BIG BROWN (4) 2)COAL PLAY 3)COOL COAL MAN (1)

OCEANPORT: 1)SILVER TREE (1) 2)GIANT WRECKER 3)HOTSTUFANTHENSOME

MATCHMAKER: 1)J’RAY 2)DYNA’S LASSIE 3)COZZI CAPITAL — NO POINTS!!  TOTAL SUCKAGE RACE…

WEST VIRGINIA DERBY: 1)READY SET 2)WEB GEM 3)REAL APPEAL — NO POINTS!  MAJOR BOMB RACE…

WV GOVERNOR’S STAKES: 1)ZANJERO (4) 2)BETTER THAN BONDS(1) 3)BARBICAN  EX BONUS 5

ROYAL NORTH: 1)AKRONISM (4) 2)BECKY SHARP 3)MARINA BALLERINA

TOTAL SCORE after 2 weekends: 39 POINTS!

This race is just gettin’ started!  I have PICK POWER this week, and there just happens to be a few grass races at Arlington that usually draw a crowd up there in Illinois…

Sunday’s races are proving more difficult, though — I’ll figure something out before Wednesday.

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HASKELL INVITATIONAL + SAUHBR Week 2!!

BIG BROWN returns!!  I have a huge Haskell Post ready, with my favorite moments from Haskells past, but I will wait ’til tomorrow to post that.  For today, here’re my WEEK2 SAUHBR PICKS!!  SMOKE THIS GRASS!!

SAUHBR Week 2 Selections:

ROYAL NORTH Stakes G3 Woodbine:

1)AKRONISM
2)HALF SISTER
3)EENY MEENY

alt: GREEN DOOR

WEST VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S STAKES ungraded Mountaineer:

1)ZANJERO
2)ALEZZANDRO
3)MAGNA GRADUATE

alt:BETTER THAN BONDS

WEST VIRGINIA DERBY Gr3 Mountaineer:

1)RECAPTURETHEGLORY
2)MY PAL CHARLIE
3)PROUD KENTUCKIAN

alt: CHEROKEE ARTIST

SUNDAY

TAYLOR MADE MATCHMAKER Stakes Gr3 Monmouth:

1)PARIS WINDS
2)ECLISSE
3)WAQUOIT’S LOVE

alt:SOCIAL QUEEN

OCEANPORT Stakes Gr3 Monmouth:

1)BUFFALO MAN
2)PRESIOUS PASSION
3)SILVER TREE

alt: AP MAGIC

HASKELL INVITATIONAL Gr1 Monmouth:

1)BIG BROWN
2)COOL COAL MAN
3)MAGICAL FOREST

alt: ATONED

Also this weekend are a bunch of races in Cali, but the only one that really matters is the one ZENYATTA is running in, the Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar.  GO ZENYATTA!  At Saratoga, INDIAN BLESSING takes the Test Stakes, but I don’t think it will be as close as this one:

2002 TEST STAKES

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Commentator smashes Whitney field + Battle ROyale week 1 RESULTS

Commentator wins the Whitney 2008/phot from bloodhorse.com

Commentator wins the Whitney 2008/phot from bloodhorse.com

The old man did it again, 3 years after his first Whitney victory, he galloped home once more 4.5 lengths in front.  The Zito-trained gelding showed that he loves longer distances, as long as he’s left alone on the lead.  He also gave me some much-needed points on the ROad to the BC contest.

Best run of the day was turned in by Ginger Punch, who found a world of trouble in the Go For Wand.  Boxed in early, she ran trapped on the rail ost of the way & in the stretch she had to bully her way between horses to snatch the lead.  She won going away.  The Distaff division is so tough right now, with GP, Hystericalady, and Zenyatta, not to mention Proud Spell, Pure CLan and Zaftig on the 3 year old side.  Indian Blessing is a top sprinter, period. 

It’s already a close race in SAUHBR.  BT leads me by 2 points after the weekend.  We both hit exactas for bonus points (whoot!).  Here’s the breakdown:

Saturday:

GO FOR WAND:

1)GINGER PUNCH (4pts) 2)Copper State 3)Indescribable (Inside Passage & Spring Waltz scr, so by the scoring rules, they were replaced by Ginger Punch, the race favorite.  Because GP won, I got an extra point)

WHITNEY:

1)COMMENTATOR (2) 2)Student Council 3)Grasshopper

SAN CLEMENTE:

1)Storm Mesa 2)Tasha’s Miracle 3)MISTY OCEAN (1)

SUNDAY:

JIM DANDY:

1)Macho Again 2)PYRO(2) 3)Tiz Now Tiz Then

BING CROSBY:

1)STREET BOSS (2) 2)IN SUMMATION (2) 3)Jungle Prince BOXED EXACTA BONUS 4 points!

SEAGRAM CUP:

1)Artie Hot 2)True Metropolitan (1) 3)Palladio

That’s 19 Points for me.  BT got lucky in the Seagram Cup & hit an exacta for 6 points, which put him at 22 total.  The contest just got started, but already it’s a close race.

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