Nellie over at The Last Filly reminded me that perpetual maiden Four Acres ran—and lost—again recently, race 4 at Suffolk on September 4, finishing 7th in a 12-horse field. For those keeping count (like me), that was his 75th consecutive loss. He is still tied for consecutive losses with maiden mare Diamond Kind, who finished 3rd in her last race on September 2, race 1 at Timonium.
Get well wishes for Joe Bravo who suffered a broken left collarbone today after a fall at Belmont; been there, done that, so I know how he’s hurting tonight. He’ll miss 3-4 weeks, at least.
Southwestern Heat runs in the $60,000 Bergen County Stakes (race 7) at the Meadowlands on Saturday.
I promise, I will never again post picks when I only do a half-assed job of it. Thus, my Thursday predictions sucked. Pitch a Victory ($4.60 win) in race 1 was an obvious pick, although Tricky Image ($4.80 show) did well at nearly 15-1 in race 2. In race 3, only Tokyo made a decent showing, finishing fourth within a length of the winner, and I did fare better in race 4, with General Tommy ($9.20 win) defeating favorite Golden Hare ($3.00) in a new track record time.
As for tonight’s results—much, much better:
Okay, what the heck?!?! Who saw Memorial Storm ($141.40 win) as possessing a snowball-in-hell’s-chance of winning race 1? In his previous six lifetime starts, he has been defeated by an astounding 109 lengths—just over an average of 18 lengths per race! In his last two races alone, he lost by a combined 61 lengths. Trading Post ($3.80 place) and Hart Mountain ($4.00 show) rounded out the trifecta, so—as Meatloaf famously sang—two outta three ain’t bad. Two Seater scratched.
Nailed the trifecta ($564.20) in race 2—Chamberlain Bridge ($11.40 win), Vivaci ($14.80 place) and Mercantile ($2.60 show). Woohoo!
In race 3, June’s Approval ($11.80 place) beat out Vast ($3.00 show), but it was longshot Righteous Road ($22.60) who was victorious. Tizaire’s Hart finished sixth after battling for the lead until they hit the stretch.
Super Diva ($6.40 win) and Hold That Crown ($4.20) prevailed over Rowdy Haste ($7.40 show), so another two of three correct. Shes an Asset could only muster a fifth place showing.
Race 5 kinda stunk for me, with Onlynurimagination ($4.40 show) finishing in the money, behind Nevereveryield ($17.80 win) and Cruzable ($19.60 place). Favorite Super Danny finished dead-last in 11-horse field, while Book Bishop ran evenly late for fourth, and Launch Code went wide at the turn and could muster only eighth place.
Sok Sok ($2.60 place) did get beat—by a driving Little Nick ($9.40). Perfectly Played ($4.20 show) finished 4-1/2 lengths back in third, while Young Joe led but faded to fourth, and Mr. Flamboyant was back in sixth.
In race 7, Makin Peace ($16.60) just held on to win by a nose over Thaddeus ($3.00). Wow, I can’t believe he went off at just over 7-1 with that turf experience! Honestly, in handicapping all-weather surfaces, one of the first things I look at is turf breeding and/or experience. Well, on second thought, maybe I should be glad people aren’t looking at that—better price for me :) Dan Is Fast wasn’t fast enough, mustering a fourth place finish, while Chase the Blaze just chased his tail and came in dead-last.
And, finally—yeah, Joe!!—Major Mecke ($10.00 place) finished just a nose behind Saribinda ($17.80 win) in race 8, with Shawhan ($4.40 show) another three lengths back in third. Confirmed was never a factor and finished sixth, while Irish Emblem faded from early contention to land in eighth place. The replay is now available at CalRacing.com.