Saturday, July 29, 2006

Day 3 and 4

Day 3 was my first day of the Meet that I was unable to attend. I had work committments. Yeah, I know, work. Once in a while even during Track season we must work. It was hot and humid again on Day 3 and rained at times making the second half of the day sloppy conditions. Magnificent Song won for Todd Pletcher, giving me 3 straight feature stakes races wins. As I said before, go with the hot trainer at the Spa.

Day 4, Saturday, was once again Hot and Humid with early showers leading too sloppy conditions on the Track. I hit with in the sixth for a nice payoff on a $ 2 bet. Then tried the pick 4 on races 7-10, hitting on the first 3 only to see my 10th race pick, Mheara Maskey, lose in a photo finish. So close yet so far. Ended up $9.20 in the hole for the day and $48.2o in the hole overall for the meet. My goal for the Meet is too break even all while having fun, watching the horses and the beautiful people at the Spa.

Hard to believe only 32 racing days left.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Day 1 and 2

Hard to believe day one and day two of this grand meet is already complete.
So far we are at 100% attendance as we were able to attend both day 1 and day 2.

Day 1 was typical Saratoga weather in August-Hot and Humid. Attendance for day 1 was very good with over 27,000 in attendance and over 3 million bet in on track handle.The first stakes race of the meet was won by Cotton Blossom, trained by Todd Pletcher, last years leading trainer at Saratoga as well as the trainer of Flower Alley-winner of the '05 Travers.

If there is one thing you should remember when placing your bets at this meet-is that hot trainers who are run alot of horses at Saratoga win at Saratoga and continue to win. Expect the Pletcher parade of winners to continue.

Everything ran smoothly on day one at the track-although we did note rather long delays between posting the results of each race and annoucing payoffs.
Walked out of Day one at -$41.00 after missing a few trifecta's and seeing Desire to Excel slip coming out of the gate in the 9th, screwing up my combo bets in the feature race.

On Day 2, the spinners were out for Bobblehead day. Again, Hot and Humid. The feature race winning trainer was Todd Pletcher-now 2 for 2 in stakes races after 2 days. He won with 2 year old Scat Daddy in the Grade II Sanford Stakes. As for me left with a +$2.00 for the day and an overall -$39.00 for the meet after 2 days.

Have to actually work on day 3 tomorrow but should be able to sneak in at the end of the day to catch a race or two.

And they're off!

As the 138th season of Saratoga Race Course begins, this blog is simple in goals. We talk about the Track and everything we love about it. For the 2006 season we will try to attend as many race days as possible all why still working and juggling all of life's responsibilities. This amazing track seems to get more popular year after year, always standing for the best racing of any meet in the country, now matter what any politician or racing association may do to try to screw it up.
So lets go, as They're in the Gate!