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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Presque Isle Meet Titles and Sunday's Stakes

The inaugural meet at Presque Isle Downs concluded on Saturday night. While Steve Asmussen earned the most money ($847,975) during the month-long meet, it was Thomas Amoss who captured the trainers’ title, winning $727,290 while running in only half as many races (55 to Asmussen’s 110). Amoss had 12 wins, 12 seconds and 11 thirds, for a 22% win and an amazing 64% ITM. Asmussen had only an 9% win, and 42% ITM. Those two far out earned the third place trainer Scott Lake, whose 54 starts earned him $334,785—15% wins, 39% ITM. With far less starters, Michael Maker impressed, winning 6 in 13 starts (46% win, 61% ITM), as did Paula Capestro, whose 10 runners resulted in 3 wins and 4 seconds (33% win, 70% ITM).

Miguel Mena took the jock’s title, earning a mind-blowing $1,598,275 in just four weeks! His 171 starters included 35 wins, 22 seconds, and 31 thirds, for a 20% win, 51% ITM. Corey Lanerie finished second, with $1,053,230 in 119 starts and 18 wins, a 15% win, 44% ITM. Although he lagged a bit in winners, Eddie Martin Jr. also had a good meet, finishing ITM 53%, earning $897,420.

It looks to me like Sunday’s big races, for most part, come up chalky—English Channel in the Hirsch Turf Classic, and Ginger Punch or Miss Shop in the Beldame—and I’m only interested in making some money, so…I’ll proffer Talent Search for the upset in the Vosburgh, and—if Lawyer Ron falters in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (which I hope not)—I like Political Force who won the G1 Suburban here this summer, or even Brother Bobby to take a giant leap forward.