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Saratoga Stack 7.27.23
A Wednesday show from Echo Zulu
It was only a four-horse field for the Grade II Honorable Miss in the 4th race Wednesday at the Spa, but it didn’t matter.
#1 Echo Zulu, in her second start this season after running a good second to Goodnight Olive in the BCFM Sprint last fall, just rolled on the main track in the mid-week feature.
Sent right to the front, Echo Zulu never looked like she was in trouble, putting away a good horse in her own right Frank’s Rockette and bounding home by herself in the lane. Cool moment as the fans on the apron at Saratoga gave her a nice round of applause as she galloped to the finish line.
Good luck to the rest of the girls in the division trying to beat this daughter of Gun Runner. Although Steve Asmussen said in the post-race she may try the boys in the BC Sprint in the fall. Interesting.
She ran a 112 Beyer in the process, second best this year on the dirt, with only Cody’s Wish getting a faster number. Wow.
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Our play on Wednesday #9 Outlaw Kid did not go to the front as we had expected. He ended up rating wide off the speed, going four wide into the turn and then five wide in the stretch.
You don’t win turf sprints that type of a trip.
Add him to the watch list!
A couple of quick notes on the Wednesday card before we get to our Two Minute Pick.
Race 5: #12 Relate drew and from the AE list and made sense as a speed, especially if you accounted for Luis Saez getting aboard and saw the horse had shown speed in both efforts going longer last year. Gate to wire at 9-1 for Todd Pletcher. Big miss from me had no money in the race. Hope someone out there took advantage.
Race 10: A rough non-DQ of the winner #1 Indian Mischief. The horse clearly came over and impeded the progress of the runner-up #6 He’s a Lucky Guy. Comes over multiple paths in the lane, the runner-up has to steady while in full run and still holds second. To this degenerate gambler, that is a textbook DQ.
Except in NY, where the steward’s decisions seem as random as the algorithm for my Threads feed.
There is just no consistency. We’ll see a horse taken down at this meet for much, much less. That’s a lock. And that lack of consistency race to race in adjudicating fouls is a much bigger issue than this one, bad non-DQ.
As for Thursday, we have a family field trip planned. There is rain in the forecast so I’ll stick to a dirt race for our Two Minute Pick presented by NYRA Bets.
If the late double holds on the turf, I think #7 Dripping Gold can stay close to the front and win at a decent price in Race 9. In race 10, #3 Awesome Native looks like he’ll take to turf. And Linda is first off the claim, dirt to turf with #10 Tivy. Fun turf sprint.
Good luck if you’re playing. Comments are open below as always!