Sunday, August 17, 2008

Monday Morning Saratoga Notes

It was a sun splashed weekend at the Spa, highlighted by the thrilling stretch run between Proud Spell and Music Note. Proud Spell now stands atop the 3 yr old Filly Standings. Of course with the Breeders Cup on a Synthetic Surface, don't expect Proud Spell to be running this October in the BC.

It felt downright strange to have a complete weekend of sun at the Spa. 32,344 were there on Saturday with a "spinner" inflated crowd of 65,598 coming out on Sunday. For an interesting monetary breakdown on the #'s and handle on a spinner/giveaway day check out Steve Zorns Blog.

Due to a family commitment I arrived at the track late today and was told that the coupon for the giveaway shirts were all gone. The place was mobbed when I first got there with many spinners carrying 10 shirts at a time. I find the giveaway days for the most part to be annoying as the non racing spinners just tend to crowd up the track with no interest or regard for the racing. Luckily the spinners departed early with most of them gone by the time the feature race, the John's Calls Stakes went off. With the spinners gone, I got a great spot along the Paddock fence to see 17 year old John's Call lead the Post Parade.

The picture above is of a sun splashed Cornelio Velasquez aboard Dancing Tin Man, 2nd half of a $27.60 exacta ticket I managed to cash in on the 7th race on Sunday.

The highlight of the weekend and the meet thus far was The Alabama Stakes. For all the bad things we hear about the sport, if that race doesn't get your heart racing, I don't know what does.

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