8:/2: Who would have ever thought that Midnight Bisou would finish second in a short field of five horses in the Personal Ensign? Unthinkable, but it did happen. It's called horse racing! Anything can happen at times, and there is NEVER a guarantee in horse racing :-( Although Midnight Bisou lost by only a neck to Vexatious, it must be disappointing in some fashion. Overall, to her credit, Midnight Bisou does have a stellar career! She can redeem herself in the Breeders Cup races.
In the Whitney, Tom's d'Etat finished third in a short field of 5 horses also. Improbable, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. and trained by Bob Baffert, won easily by two lengths at 3-1 odds. By My Standards who went off at 6-1 odds came in second and paid a nice, whopping $2 exacta totaling $38 (pretty good exacta for a very short field). I did predict Improbable as an upset because Improbable only lost by a length to Tom's d'Etat an earlier race. I figured there is a chance that Improbable could improve off that. But, as a heavy favorite at even money, there is no excuse for Tom d'Etat not to come in second!
8/1: Today is Whitney day! Four horses (By My Standards, Improbable, Code of Honor, and Mr. Buff) will be competing against the favored Tom's d'Etat at a distance of 1-1/8 miles. In the Personal Ensign race (#5), most likely, Midnight Bisou will walk away with a win at 1-5 or 1-9 odds. Expecting to see a winning price of $2.10!
7/26: In the Ballston Spa, it was very surprising to see that Sistercharlie couldn't pull it off in a short field. On the other hand, in Alfred G. Vanderbilt handicap, Volatile won by a length in a field of 4 horses! Whitmore finished second under Joel Rosario. We look forward to Tiz the Law's huge race in the Travers Stakes (coming up). Tiz the Law is clearly the legitimate and deserving morning line favorite!
7/16: It wasn't a beautiful memory when Beautiful Memory stumbled out of the gate, pulled up, and walked at 1-2 odds in the Schuylerville. Two long shots, Dayoutoftheoffice and Make Mischief came in first and second at 20-1 and 16-1 odds respectively. Thus, huge prices for win, exacta, triple, and other types of bets. In the fourth race, another long shot (Escape Fund) won at 35-1 odds and returned $71.00.
Are you getting excited? It's hard to believe that another thrilling Saratoga racing season filled with best horses and jockeys in the world is here! Saratoga Springs, NY will shine brightly on the map from now thru Labor Day weekend! On the home page, click Saratoga link and see all the major races for the entire Saratoga meet, my race selections, and much more.
Unfortunately, horse racing fans won't be able to attend the races in person, and people can bet via online only. Racetracks in neighboring states are allowing fans to attend in person around 25% capacity. Let's hope that New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, will permission to NY tracks to have the same excitement too.
My opinion is that, at least, the owners should be given permission to attend in person. After all, they spend millions of dollars to run their horses. With a span of hundreds of empty clubhouse and grandstand seats, owners would easily be able to maintain 25 feet from each other; much more than standard six feet of social distancing. The latest good news is that owners will be allowed to attend starting on Friday, July 17th! Yay!
This year will mark the first time that Travers Stakes will be the stepping stone as a prep race to the Kentucky Derby. Tiz the Law, winner of the Belmont Stakes, is the clear favorite to win the Travers. He will be stretching out to win at a distance of 1-1/4 miles; i.e., an extra 1/8th mile.
CONGRATULATIONS to Sackatoga stable, Barclay Tagg, and all the winning connections! A job well done and making it a nice, positive story for New Yorkers! Moral of the story....hard work paid off! To have Funny Cide and Tiz the Law winning major Triple Crown races (from Saratoga Springs) in 2003 and 2020 respectively is very impressive indeed!
Due to coronavirus pandemic, the impact on horse racing is so great that, even one of the most prestigious races, the Kentucky Derby, has been postponed to Saturday, September 5th (Labor day weekend). At least, the good news is that race will be run WITH horse racing fans in the stands; with a lesser capacity of people.
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