Friday, August 29, 2008

Saratoga Last Weekend Notes

Friday is Twilight Racing-1st post 2:45 pm.

21 year old Jockey Jackie Davis, daughter of retired Jockey Robbie Davis, makes her professional debut today at the Spa aboard 2 year old NY bred Shifty Guy in the 5th race.

Curlin draws the 5th Post in the Woodward Stakes at morning line odds of 3-5. The odds will drop and I figure he will go off at 2-5 or maybe even 1-5.

If you are gonna pick anyone else to win, pick Divine Park. Trainer Kiaran Mclaughlin is red hot, he has won 7 of his last 13 starts since Travers Day and now sits atop the Trainers Standings at the Spa with 16 wins.

With Curlin taking the Horse of the Year, then winning big races as a 4 year old including the Dubai Cup, where does he stand among the greats? For a interesting read on this, check out writer MaryJean Wall's take on her blog "Celebrating the Horse".

Weather looks good for the weekend with Sun forecast for the entire Holiday Weekend. There is a chance of a shower or 2 on Saturday but not a washout and the latest forecast has the showers staying south of Saratoga on Saturday.

Attendance for Saturday to see Curlin run? I'll throw out a prediction of 26,200. Sunday is cooler giveaway day so expect the usual spinner inflated figure of about 55,000. Closing Day on Monday should bring out about 20,000 or so.


EquiSpace said...

Going with 27,500 and if there is an upset (highly unlikely) going with Wanderin Boy.

SaratogaSpa said...

Shifty Guy was scratched in the 6th race.