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Saratoga Recap Week 4

Quick Call Recap (8-8-18) - Winner: World of Trouble

World of Trouble figured an elusive target if he handled turf, and that was the case in this sophomore turf sprint at 5.5 furlongs (yielding ground). The aforementioned chalk was quickly a length in front from the inside post under Irad Ortiz Jr., and that was basically all she wrote. He ended up a bit less than two lengths in front of his stablemate Fig Jelly at the finish, with Dirty another neck back in 3rd. The latter was my value top choice, and he made a run at the winner in the lane before ultimately settling for the show.  

NYSS Statue of Liberty Division (8-9-18) - Winner: Goodbye Brockley

My top choice Goodbye Brockley won in a thriller over Wegetsdamunnys in this flat mile turf stakes affair for NY-bred sophomore fillies (yielding ground). Byself, Crashing Connie, and Miss Jen were there early and nowhere late. Goodbye Brockley was perched in 4th under Luis Saez, and Wegetsdamunnys was on the move from the back of the pack. The winner had to deal with some traffic, but she extracted herself smoothly and got the bob in a tight photo finish. The runner-up was 2+ lengths clear of show finisher Kreesie.

Tale of the Cat Stakes Recap (8-10-18) - Winner: Always Sunshine

Post position and trips were the keys to victory in this 5-horse stakes affair at six panels on dirt. Morning line favorite and second betting choice My Boy Tate was hustled away from the inside gate. Mr. Crow was 4-1 on the line, and he took a ton of wagering action and was the betting favorite when the gates opened, but he was a bit slow to begin. Always Sunshine was comfortably drawn outside, and the Delaware Park shipper chased the pace and ran down front runner My Boy Tate to post a 2-length tally under Frankie Pennington. The remaining three entrants were necks apart, with Silver Ride landing the show over Pop the Hood and Mr. Crow. The latter had everything go wrong from the beginning, and had an uncomfortable journey throughout.   

Grade II Adirondack Recap (8-11-18) - Winner: Sue’s Fortune

The fractions were quick, and Sue’s Fortune stalked the pace from the outside post, got first run, and held off late runner Virginia Eloise to score by a 1/2 length. The latter was a good seven lengths behind the next to last runner after the opening quarter. She ran on nicely in the lane but was left with a bit too much work while clearly second best. Her stablemate Guacamole was clearly best of the rest in 3rd, and was followed by Mucho Amor, fading favorite Lyrical Lady, and Grandma Gertie.

Grade I Fourstardave Recap (8-11-18) - Winner: Voodoo Song

Voodoo Song and Heart to Heart were the two early runners, and they were either going to duel and set it up for the closers, or one of them was going to shake loose. The latter scenario played out. Voodoo Song burst clear by 3-1/2 lengths after a quarter, and had a five-length cushion after a half-mile. The race was essentially over at this point. Delta Prince was closing but could not make up the entire deficit and fell a neck short in a clear place finish. Divisidero rallied wide and outfinished Made You Look for show honors. Yoshida was making his first start since his trip to Ascot in June, and he was a flat 5th, followed by fading chaser Heart to Heart (disliked the footing).

$100,000 Lure Stakes Recap (8-11-18) - Winner: Inspector Lynley

This turf route affair was originally scheduled for August 4. The turf course was listed as good today, and top two finishers Inspector Lynley and Projected rallied from the back of the pack. The former was moving a bit quicker, and he tallied by a bit less than a length under Jose Lecano. Projected loves hitting the board, and he completed the exacta for Chad Brown. Conquest Panthera actually got first run, but he could not sustain his bid and settled for the show. Forge, Blacktype, Zennor, and Mr Cub were all prominent early, and each faded in the lane. 

Grade II Saratoga Special Recap (8-12-18) - Winner: Call Paul

This juvenile dirt sprint had two defections, and four horses went to the post. Call Paul was the favorite for the productive Irad Ortiz Jr/Jason Servis combination, and he went straight to the front (bumped at the start) and outgunned Tight Ten to win by a length. Tight Ten lugged in and bumped the winner, and safely held the place. Spinoff finished an even 3rd, and he might be the one to play out of this event. Seven of the ten main track races on Sunday went won by the front runner, and Spinoff just was not quick enough to keep pace with the top two. He was grinding away in the lane and ran okay considering the track profile. I would like to see Todd Pletcher give him a shot in the G1 Champagne at Belmont this fall. Meade, another Pletcher trainee, failed to get involved and trailed the compact field.

$200,000 Waya Recap (8-12-18) - Winner: Tricky Escape

They sure had problems with this event in 2018. It was originally carded on Aug. 4, but was canceled due to wet weather. It was rescheduled as the ninth race today, but the persistent wet weather was back, and this time it was moved to the main track and run at a mile and a quarter (originally slated for turf at 12f). The field was reduced to just four competitors, and Tricky Escape rode the speed bias to an easy front running victory over betting favorite Mom’s On Strike. The latter was my turf top, but I stayed away from this short field on the fast main track. The runner-up deserves some credit for rallying to finish ten lengths clear of Lottie and Savannah Belle.

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