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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Can You Believe…

• The last race Todd Pletcher won at Saratoga was 10 days ago, when The Leopard won race 2 on August 11? In the past six days, he is 0 for 18 at the Spa, where Bill Mott is currently running away with the trainer’s title. Where’s The Green Monkey when you need him? :)

• On that August 11 card at Saratoga, the $2 trifecta in race 7—Senor Enrico (a rare winner these days for Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy Jolley), Grand Strike and Open Sleigh—paid a whopping $10,148? Now, that’s a trifecta!

Channing Hill had two winners at Saratoga on Sunday—Pulla Fast One ($44.00) for George Weaver in race 3, and Again and Again ($23.60) in race 7? It doesn’t happen often, but when this young jockey brings them home, it’s usually at a huge price. Nice article on him here.

• It is just a coincidence that Johnny V’s potential ride in the Travers—Tiz Wonderful—is now “questionable”? Cornelio Velasquez will ride CP West, while Julien Leparoux gets the ride on Helsinki. Edgar Prado is on Sightseeing, while Robby Albarado rides Grasshopper. Garrett Gomez get Helen Pitts’ For You Reppo, and Kent Desormeaux’s up on Loose Leaf. How about JV on Rags to Riches??

• At Monmouth on Sunday in race 7, Dattts Our Girl and Maddy’s Heart deadheated for the win…just a neck ahead of Oh Deanne O and Succeed who deadheated for third? Just a head behind in fifth place was Gretchmiester. I’d love to see the photo.

• There’s another Multiply offspring hitting the racetrack? This unraced Easy Goer mare, who died this past May from complications with laminitis after foaling, has already produced G2 winner Desert Hero, G1 winner Corinthian, and undefeated three-year-old Vitruvius (who is entered in race 6 at Saratoga on August 23, by the way). Her two-year-old daughter by Pulpit (which makes her a full sister to Corinthian)—wittily called Be Fruitful—posted a nice workout on Monday at Saratoga, breezing an easy four furlongs in 49.42 (5/31). I am definitely keeping on the lookout for this young lady’s first start.

• My favorite perpetual maiden Four Acres, is at it again…he makes his 75th attempt at winning in race 1 at Suffolk Downs on Wednesday. One of these days, when he finally breaks his maiden—and mark my words, it will happen—those of you who make a small bet on him will reap generous financial rewards. Doing a little more digging recently, I discovered that Four Acres (not to be confused with the recent Prelude stakes winner Forty Acres) ran his first race at Hollywood Park on July 30, 2003—his jockey was Julie Krone, his trainer Jack Van Berg. In addition to Hollywood, he has run at Santa Anita, Golden Gate, Los Alamitos, River Downs, Beulah, Turfway Park, Hoosier, and Suffolk. The closest he ever came to winning—he lost to Judge Moon (in a 12 horse field) by a neck on December 5, 2006 at Beulah. He once went off at odds of 139 to 1. In five years of racing, he has earned less than $15,000, has never been claimed, and only had three trainers (in addition to his current trainer Bessie Nichols, he was also under the tutelage of Don Ropp in 2004). Come on, boy!