Friday, July 28, 2017

Weekend Update

This last weekend in July is filled with horse racing.  Saratoga is in full swing and as we approach the last month of summer, there are many unanswered questions regarding who is the best three-year colt this year.  Some of those questions may be answered this weekend as the horses prep for The Travers in late August and then the Breeder's Cup Classic at Del Mar in November.

The Haskell (G1)
This will be one of the best races of the season as the contenders, well, any one of them has a very good chance.  You'll see some familiar names - Irish War Cry, McCraken, Hence, Practical Joke, Battle of Midway, and Girvin.  There's a new name in there, too, Timeline, who poses to be a real threat.  This unbeaten (in four starts) colt has seemingly come out of no where but he is the real deal.  Is he the new Arrogate? The race will be televised on Sunday, post time is 5:47 pm EDT. My bet is on Timeline.  This will be a great race to watch for sure!

Monmouth Park, Sunday, July 30
9f (dirt), $1,000,000, 3yo, 5:47 PM (local)
P # PP Horse Sire Age/Sex Jockey Weight M/L Owner
1 Irish War Cry - Curlin 3/c Rajiv Maragh 118 5/2 Isabelle de Tomaso
2 Battle of Midway - Smart Strike 3/c Flavien Prat 118 5/1 Don Alberto Stable & WinStar Farm
3 Timeline - Hard Spun 3/c Javier Castellano 118 3/1 Woodford Racing LLC
4 Practical Joke - Into Mischief 3/c Joel Rosario 118 4/1 Klaravich Stables and W.H. Lawrence
5 McCraken - Ghostzapper 3/c Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. 118 9/2 Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC
6 Hence - Street Boss 3/c Paco Lopez 118 12/1 Calumet Farm
7 Girvin - Tale of Ekati 3/c Robby Albarado 118 6/1 Brad Grady
(Blood Horse)

The Jim Dandy at Saratoga (G2)
Some other familiar names will be battling the turf in New York as Always Dreaming and Cloud Computing race in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes.  These two have not met since the Preakness Stakes when a rested Cloud Computing stole the show and took home the Woodlawn Vase. 

Saratoga, Saturday, July 29
9f (dirt), $600,000, 3yo, 6:18 PM (local)
P # PP Horse Sire Age/Sex Jockey Weight M/L Owner
1 Always Dreaming- Bodemeister 3/c John R. Velazquez 123 - MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St Elias,
Siena Farm and West Point
2 Cloud Computing-  Maclean's Music 3/c Javier Castellano 123 - Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.
3 Giuseppe the Great - Lookin At Lucky 3/c Luis Saez 117 - Mossarosa
4 Pavel - Creative Cause 3/c Mario Gutierrez 117 - Reddam Racing LLC
5 Good Samaritan - Harlan's Holiday 3/c Joel Rosario 119 - WinStar Farm LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC,
China Horse Club, SF Racing Group

The Alfie Chronicles
I've been very quiet about Alfie but he is having a good year and I don't want to jinx him.  He's won a number of tri-colors and he's looking very good this year.  We're going to a new venue this weekend, but am hoping he continues his winning ways.


 Other Stuff
My sister highly recommends this book, as do all of her friends.  I have not started it yet but you might want to add this to your list....

Serena and Lily, one of my favorite stores is having a big sale.  Their Tent Sale is one of the biggest sales of the year.  

Happy Friday!

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