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HORSE RACING
TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds

Onemoreforarch - FTS from the hottest barn in the West, Bob Baffert; need not be much to beat these.

Moby Trick - Got bet last time and showed an improved effort; has some speed, expect him to show it.

Long Shot - Premier Image

Race 2 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up

Winsome Charm - Like the turn back in distance; his better races have all come over the synthetics.

Euroglide - Leap of faith that Rafael Bejarano jumps on a live one; been away 10-months, takes blinkers off.

Long Shot - Goldsville

Race 3 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Michael's Rose - Has run a couple races fast enough to beat these; beware, Neil Drysdale has an uncoupled entry.

Rising Honour - Big rider switch to Garrett Gomez; he's cashed three paychecks, but no world beaters in here.

Long Shot - Girl of Pangaea

Race 4 - 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

Proud Hillbilly - Was well bet in debut, overlooked in second start; showed a lack of respect for Faiplex racing.

Party Mandate - Good effort in last, repeat puts him right there again; offers good value at 9/2 odds.

Long Shot - Tom Bombadil

Race 5 - 6 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

Trueno - Tiny edge in a very difficult heat; many of these don't want to win, which makes it so tough.

Elusive Destiny - Second start off a 16-month hiatus; he has a lot of back class, is clearly the one to beat.

Long Shot - Smokenomore

Race 6 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $30,000, Claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds

Rainbow Goose - Made his debut down the hill a winning one; appears more than capable of repeating that race.

Achak - Ran well at 14/1 chasing the favorite in last; may be better than advertised in his Euro races.

Long Shot - Flashmans Papers

Race 7 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $40,000, Allowance, 2-year-olds

Connemara - Todd Pletcher brought this colt out for a reason; a warm-up for the Hollywood Futurity next month.

Ranger Heartley - Typical John Sadler claim is getting better and better; figures to set all the fractions.

Long Shot - Mr. Saturdaynight

Race 8 - 6 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

Objectified - Hated the dirt at Fairplex in last; his two synthetic races prior are both fast enough to win today.

Country Tough - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; like Joel Rosario up.

Long Shot - Glenwick

Best Bet - Objectified (race 8)

Santa Anita Sunday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/8/$41.80; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.40

Santa Anita Totals - 424/114/$687.00; Long Shots, 213/34/$359.40; Best Bets, 25/12/$47.20

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY - #7 Southern Hero (5/2) in race 2 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we'll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Stately Victor ran out at Churchill. Stats - 161/119/$909.90
 

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At the Gate - Wednesday

At the Gate - Wednesday

At the Gate - Wednesday
November 4, 2009


To nobody?s surprise, Zenyatta will take on the boys in the Breeders? Cup Classic on Saturday instead of defending her title in the Ladies? Classic on Friday.

The undefeated mare has won 13 races in a row and was installed as the 5/2 morning line favorite in a field of 13 that will go 1 ? miles over the Pro Ride surface at Santa Anita.

Second choice in the race is the European invader Rip Van Winkle, with Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird the third choice at 9/2.

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird is 12/1 on the morning line.

I?m thinking Rip Van Winkle may actually go off as the favorite, and even Summer Bird could take more action than Zenyatta by the time they load in the gate at 6:45 ET.



The word around the backstretch is Rip Van Winkle is battling some minor foot issues, and if that story gets some legs, that might scare a few away from the Aidan O?Brien trainee, who comes into the Classic off back to back smart Group 1 wins.

I will be spending all day Wednesday completing my handicapping reports for the two-day event. After spending all of Sunday doing some early handicapping and watching video of all of the prep races, I think there are several very vulnerable favorites we can beat.

I will have Friday?s card up by Wednesday night, and Saturday?s card will be available by Thursday evening.

In the meantime, we have a couple of days of action at Aqueduct to keep us busy.



Here is today's opening race from Aqueduct to get our day off to a good start:

AQU Race 1 OClm $25,000N2X (12:30 ET)
#5 Katskill Bay 6/1
#6 Heir to the Stone 2/1
#1 Afrikaner / #1a Ziptronic 4/1
#3 Rereadthefootnotes 5/2

Analysis: #5 Katskill Bay came with a wide run over a main track that was playing to outside stalkers and closers but could not make an impact late and checked in fourth. The third place finisher in the race was Tall Poppi, who came back to beat state bred Alw-2 optional claimers in his next outing on Oct. 24. This colt was third and second in his two previous starts, beaten less than a length in those outings. We get a positive jock upgrade to Edgar, which might be enough to make the difference.

#6 Heir to the Stone went gate to wire to beat NY bred Alw-1 foes in his second start against winners and has been on the bench since. The colt has decent works on the morning tab for the Violette barn that is 11% winners with horses returning off a +180 day layoff. The colt owns solid early and mid pace numbers and should be in the mix early and this is not a real deep field of second level runners here.

Wagering
WIN: #5 to win at 7/2 or better.
EX: 5,6 / 1,3,5,6
TRI: 5,6 / 1,3,5,6 / 1,3,5,6,8

Today's Featured Race of the Day from Aqueduct:

AQU Race 8 Half High S. (3:44 ET)
#5 Solar Flare 7/5
#2 Gold Trippi 3/1
#6 Timber Reserve 8/1
#7 More Than a Reason 5/1

#5 Solar Flare is making his first start since July where the five year old checked in third in the Salvatore Mile (G3). He regressed off a huge effort two back when he popped a 111 Beyer winning the Frisk Me Now at Monmouth Park back in May. He lands with the Tony D. barn that is 27% winners with newcomers to the barn. The works signal this guy looks ready to fire and the barn finds a good spot here in this overnight stake.

#2 Gold Trippi is coming off a runner up finish behind Biker Boy in a non conditioned optional claimer. The gelding owns a solid pace profile throughout with good late pace numbers and should get a good pace set up here. He also has won 2 of his 3 starts over the main track.

Live Longshots:
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their trifecta and superfecta wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win-place wager.

Aqueduct
R2: #2 Vamel 15/1
R2: #9 Bindle Stick 10/1
R3: #4 Viable 8/1
R5: #7 Press Only 10/1
R6: #4 Golden Caesar 15/1
R7: #3 Rogue Victory 8/1
R8: #6 Timber Reserve 8/1
R9: #1 Southern Princess / #1a As Promised 12/1

Good luck today!
 

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Dave Litfin Track: Aqueduct

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BEST BET: Solar Flare (8th race)


First Race


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1. Rereadthefootnotes 2. Heir to the Stone 3. Afrikaner

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REREADTHEFOOTNOTES returns with a trainer change, after succumbing through a fast pace at 4-5 nearly three months ago; both wins have come off workouts. HEIR TO THE STONE is another lightly raced sprinter with good early speed; several bullet works over the main track for initial N2x attempt. AFRIKANER has never been worse than second in six career starts; strong finish to edge KATSKILL BAY for place in first try this level, blinkers on.

Second Race


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1. Magnificent Max 2. Southern Hero 3. Itch

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Among the quintet of turf-to-dirt runners in this maiden mile, MAGNIFICENT MAX may appreciate a turnback after leading past midstretch going 1 1/8 miles on the inner course at Belmont; unlike the other four, his only dirt start came in a special-weight event. SOUTHERN HERO stumbled at the break and finished gamely to miss second by a neck when switched to the main track for fourth career start; figures close stretching out a furlong. ITCH has changed hands since 11th maiden start; new trainer has shown overall profit on dirt 2008-09. NAPKINS has put in some competitive races on dirt, including one on this surface in April for $50k.

Third Race


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1. Prince Omar 2. Viable 3. Madison River

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PRINCE OMAR chased a strong pace vs. eventual stakes winner Storm Play when last seen at Saratoga over 14 months ago, and debut two weeks prior also featured blazing splits; may be the one to catch first out for Zito, winning at 24% with long layoffs. VIABLE has shown speed on turf and Polytrack, and that running style may produce better results on conventional dirt at The Big A; back with John Hertler for second start off a five-month absence. MADISON RIVER and GOSHAWK have turned in some promising drills, but are each from barns currently winning at 4% with first-time starters.

Fourth Race


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1. Bon Marie 2. Ballast 3. Stepaside

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BON MARIE has had a productive campaign at age 8, book-ended by sharp performances on this turf course and at Belmont while in the exacta all five starts up to 1 1/16 miles; versatile running style, handles some cut in the ground. BALLAST has been blanked at 8, but the veteran has had five runner-up finishes when beaten a half-length or less; never been in this cheap. STEPASIDE and RIPTIDE have run well on this course, but are presently in suspect form.

Fifth Race


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1. Lohad 2. Snow Country 3. Four Star Bo

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Ramon Dominguez wins at a high percentage (38% at this writing) for Steve Asmussen at Aqueduct, so his presence on LOHAD signals the gelding is well meant as he takes a multi-level class drop second back from a layoff; in tough vs. repeaters on turf and dirt at Belmont before the break. SNOW COUNTRY lost his first 11 stats, but is now seeking third straight victory after maiden and N2L claiming wins at Monmouth and The Pha; trainer winning with one-third of his starters this year. FOUR STAR BO is fast enough to win this, provided you're willing to excuse his latest in the slop.

Sixth Race


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1. Adger 2. Moose Man 3. May Day Now

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ADGER makes third start of form cycle, after an improved effort to slightly surpass his best previous figures; drops a notch for high-percentage owner/trainer combo. MOOSE MAN is also making his third start off a break, following pace duels; put together three wins in a row earlier this year, the first one with this rider. MAY DAY NOW takes a significant drop in class, below level of claim four back; overcame trouble to win on this track in April.

Seventh Race


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1. Adagio 2. Inside Zone 3. O'Kid

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ADAGIO has won three races in a row, beating several of these along the way at Saratoga, Belmont and the Meadowlands; entrymate OPTIMER has gone him one better, winning four straight. INSIDE ZONE has been remarkably consistent this season, beginning with a game triumph on this course at 18-1; adapts to any pace scenario. O'KID also won over this course in April, and has since won both starts with Elvis Trujillo aboard by a combined 14 3/4 lengths; becomes the pick on wet dirt.

Eighth Race


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1. Solar Flare 2. Gold Trippi 3. More Than a Reason

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SOLAR FLARE hasn't been out in four months, but his three U.S. wins have all been delivered when fresh, notably a fast score in an overnight stake at Monmouth back in May with a 111 Beyer - tied for fourth-fastest dirt route this year; working well on this track for new trainer. GOLD TRIPPI comes off placings at Belmont vs. 3-5 Biker Boy, and Ravalo, who came back to run a close second in the Grade 1 DeFrancis Dash; scratched from Saturday's Bold Ruler to await this. MORE THAN A REASON has run three 90+ figures in succession, the latest just last week; iron horse makes 21st start of the year.

Ninth Race


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1. Watch Smartly 2. Upper Gulch 3. Top Mast

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WATCH SMARTLY met eventual graded stakes winners I Lost My Choo and My Princess Jess back in the winter of '08, returned last winter with two more tries at Gulfstream, and has missed most of the grass-racing season in New York; timid vote at this level if started. UPPER GULCH is making 17th attempt, but these late-season maiden races often go to horses with this kind of profile; went well for third over this course from an outside post in the spring. TOP MAST makes third start off an 11-month layoff, and can certainly be in the hunt based on wide trip at the Spa; Dominguez back on.
 
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Jeff Siegel's Oak Tree Analysis for Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009

Jeff Siegel's Oak Tree Analysis for Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009

Jeff Siegel's Oak Tree Analysis for Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
Wednesday?s program ushers in Breeders? Cup week and the first race finds the debuting Bob Baffert-trained colt, #5 Onemoreforarch, listed as the 6/5 morning line favorite. The works are okay, nothing special, and while he certainly can win from a lackluster field, there isn?t any value, so we?ll pass the event.

#5 Live Sundays seems well spotted for a win in the second race at 5/2 on the morning line. The Bay Area invader earned a series of solid numbers while moving up the conditioned allowance ranks and with another forward move today the High Brite gelding can continue his streak. He looks like an intriguing rolling exotic single.

The third race kicks off the Pick-6 sequence and we?ll try #6 Michael?s Rose as a single. The Drysdale-trained filly, second in her last pair, didn?t get the best of runs when beaten as the choice over the course recently but with clear sailing today should be able to produce the last run. She?s 8/5 on the morning line and might go lower.

#3 Proud Hillbilly looked good graduating in fast time for the level last month and should be set for an encore performance in the fourth race, a first level allowance affair. The Proud Citizen gelding retains Pedroza, has a nice, easy, steady work tab since his win and figures to be on or near the lead throughout.

We?ll double the fifth race using #5 Smokenomore and #6 Trueno, and you can spread even more in your rolling exotics if you can afford to. Smokenomore is a route to sprint play, retains Migliore, and has a big look in a weak affair. Trueno, second in two of his last three starts, is an 11-race maiden and may be hard to trust, but he won?t have to improve much at all to break through with a win.

The sixth race, a downhill turf dash, is another open affair and we?ll try to survive using #3 Rainbow Goose and #4 Flashmans Papers. Rainbow Goose looked good winning under similar circumstances last month and warrants a big look right back. Flashmans Papers also won over the course last time out and if he can turn in two alike he?ll be in the battle once again.

The seventh race is a first level allowance router for juveniles and marks the local debut of impressive Turfway Park debut winner #1 Connemara. The Pletcher-trained colt overcame a slow start to win as much the best with a strong rating and appears to be a colt with some considerable promise. He?ll have to beat #4 Ranger Heartley, a romping 12 length starter?s allowance winner for Sadler last time out and a bold threat right back despite tackling tougher.

The eighth race looks like a good spot for #6 Objectified and the one he may have to fear most is the first timer #4 Brayden Buddy. Objectified is a route to sprint play while removing blinkers and has a look off his solid third place effort at Del Mar two races back. Brayden Buddy is a first timer with a decent series of drills for Cerin and won?t have to be a world beater to act at this level.
 
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Race 7 - #3 Dream Nettie 7-2

have to be impressed with this guys first two races...looks ready to stretch out...has had trouble with the break...here's hoping King Jerry has been working on his gate manners
 

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Bob Ike's Free Pick of the Day for Wednesday, Nov. 4

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Bob Ike's Free Pick of the Day for Wednesday, Nov. 4
4th race--
#3 PROUD HILLBILLY (2-1) Sophomore gelding from Carava barn broke
his maiden in good style (19-1) here a month ago and might be able to score
right back vs. this starter allowance field. He obviously likes this track and
might be on the upgrade.
Sunday's Result: TALLAHSOCEAN finished second in 5th race
SHOWVIVOR: CONNEMARA (7th race)
Days Survived: 4
 
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Cal Horse Best Bet

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Handicapping Picks for 11/04/2009
RACE 3 - PICK THREE

MICHAEL'S ROSE
with
PARTY MANDATE - TOMBOMBADIL - ESCAPING THE STORM - PROUD HILLBILLY
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NANNI THE TEASER - TRUENO - ELUSIVE DESTINY - PEMBA AT U.T.K.

6 / 6-2-7-3 / 2-6-9-10
 

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Handicapping Picks for 11/04/2009
Race #7 - Rating = 2
#1 Connemara - Fair odds 8/5
#2 Mr. Saturdaynight - Fair odds 5/2

Connemara broke slowly, 10th of 12, in his career debut on 10/4 in Kentucky, debuting at a mile a tough task as it was and compounded by the poor start, yet he blew by his outmatched opponents to win by 5 lengths at the end. As such, today with the ground saving rail instead of the 9 post and with Gomez riding instead of Lebron, this son of Giant?s Causeway soon to be a stakes winner for Pletcher and Coolmore figures to make short work of this allowance field today and win his 2nd in a row.

Mr. Saturdaynight won nicely at this trip here at SA on 10/9 in his 3rd career start, first with Bejarano in the saddle, and with continued improvement he appears to be the only horse in the field capable of giving the top pick a scare by running well enough to win this race.
 

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RACE 3---MICHAEL?S ROSE (best bet)
Drysdale filly might have been best last out as the 8-5 race favorite, but caught traffic in the lane and missed by a mere ? length. Has worked
3 times since with Rosario remounting and makes amends.
 
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Aqueduct analysis

Aqueduct analysis

Aqueduct analysis

Post Time: 12:30 p.m. All horses appear in post position order

Today's analysis.

1. 6 fur; $45,000; alw; 3up

REREADTHEFOOTNOTES switches to Dominguez in first start for new barn and since tiring to third as the favorite going longer at Saratoga. AFRIKANER adds blinkers after closing to finish second as the favorite for new barn. HEIR TO THE STONE makes first start since a gate to wire victory in March.

PN Horse Wt. Jockey Last 3 Trainer Odds
2 Please Impress(L),120 D Centeno 2-3-7 Farro 20-1
3 Rereadthefootnotes(L),117 R Dominguez 3-1-4 Hushion 5-2
1 a-Afrikaner(L),120 J Castellano 2-1-1 Rice 4-1
4 Goldispretty(L),120 D Cohen 1-1-1 Jacobson 10-1
1A a-Ziptronic(L),117 J Castellano 5-3-3 Rice 4-1
5 Katskill Bay(L),117 E Prado 4-3-2 Ubillo 6-1
6 Heir to the Stone(L),117 A Garcia 1-2-1 Violette 2-1
7 Strummer(L),120 E Castro 6-6-2 Sciacca 20-1
8 Goodandacceptable,118 J Velazquez 7-1-1 Maydan 12-1

2. 1 mile; $17,000; mdn clm($20,000); 3up

SOUTHERN HERO had a troubled start but then closed to finish third while going shorter for dirt debut. ROYAL LORD goes turf to dirt and cuts back in distance after running evenly last out. NAPKINS ran evenly at this level when returning to route.

PN Horse Wt. Jockey Last 3 Trainer Odds
1 Dontquityourdayjob(L),122 V Santiago 10-9-5 FMartin 30-1
2 Vamel(L),120 J Chavez 4-5-8 Lotruglio 15-1
3 Royal Lord(L),122 C Hill 8-3-5 Quick 10-1
4 Talking Blues(L),120 J Samyn 7-2-2 Turner 8-1
5 Napkins(L),120 A Garcia 5-6-2 Hennig 5-1
6 Itch(L),120 J Espinoza 6-3-3 Ronen 10-1
7 Southern Hero(L),120 J Velazquez 3-4-4 Lobo 5-2
8 Magnificent Max(L),120 R Dominguez 5-5-3 Maker 2-1
9 Bindle Stick(L),120 M Luzzi 2-6-7 Dunham 10-1

3. 6 fur; $43,000; mdn; 3up

GOSHAWK races with Lasix and shows good works while preparing for career debut. MADISON RIVER drew the rail and races with Lasix while working steadily for debut. PRINCE OMAR cuts back in distance while working well for seasonal debut for new barn.

PN Horse Wt. Jockey Last 3 Trainer Odds
1 Madison River,120 J Lezcano x-x-x AJerkens 3-1
2 Goshawk,120 J Castellano x-x-x Brown 4-1
3 Battle Mountain,113 J Davis x-x-x Dunham 20-1
4 Viable(L),120 C Hill 5-11-11 Hertler 8-1
5 Prince Omar(L),122 J Velazquez 8-9-x Zito 4-5

4. 1 1/16m(T); $25,000; clm($16,000); 3up

BON MARIE retains Dominguez after coming off the pace to win as the favorite in last three starts. CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH set the pace and tired to second at this distance and level when returning to turf. MIDWATCH set the pace and tired to fourth this distance at The Meadowlands. Entrymate NKOSI REIGNS has finished second in last two starts.

PN Horse Wt. Jockey Last 3 Trainer Odds
2 Can't Refuse(L),112 J Davis 6-6-6 Persaud 30-1
1 a-Midwatch(L),119 E Prado 4-12-1 Jacobson 6-1
3 Ballast(L),119 J Castellano 2-8-2 Contessa 3-1
4 Bobby Sands(L),119 M Luzzi 6-4-2 Hanford 15-1
5 Riptide(L),119 R Rodriguez 6-7-1 JImperio 20-1
6 Stepaside(L),119 A Garcia 7-5-2 Weaver 9-2
7 Champagne Brunch(L),119 J Lezcano 2-7-8 Dalessandro 12-1
8 Mask and Wig(L),119 J Velazquez 5-5-7 Tagg 6-1
9 Ungi Blanc(L),119 J Bermudez 5-5-4 Mena 50-1
10 Bon Marie(L),120 R Dominguez 1-1-1 ADutrow 4-1
11 Kettle Two(L),119 E Castro 6-9-4 Baker 20-1
12 Hay Prince(L),119 D Cohen 6-3-4 Campo 20-1
1A a-Nkosi Reigns(L),119 D Cohen 2-2-2 Jacobson 6-1

5. 1 mile; $17,000; clm($10,000); 3up

LOHAD drops to lowest claiming level of career and gets Dominguez to ride after tiring badly in the slop for new barn. SNOW COUNTRY drops in class for local debut and seeks third consecutive victory. TOP LEADER chased the pace and tired to fourth at this distance and level.

PN Horse Wt. Jockey Last 3 Trainer Odds
2 Mastermind(L),112 J Davis 3-7-4 Creary 20-1
3 Triple Honor(L),111 J Garcia 3-1-7 Sedlacek 6-1
4 Duke of de Buqe(L),112 A Peralta 8-8-6 DeMola 50-1
5 Snow Country(L),118 A Arroyo 1-1-4 Walder 3-1
6 Lohad(L),117 R Dominguez 7-6-10 Asmussen 4-1
1 a-Distant Point(L),119 J Espinoza 5-7-8 Contessa 7-2
1A a-Four Star Bo(L),117 J Espinoza 5-3-3 Contessa 7-2
7 Press Only(L),119 J Bermudez 5-10-6 Gullo 10-1
8 Stargleam(L),117 D Cohen 1-7-1 Badgett 8-1
9 Top Leader(L),119 A Garcia 4-3-4 Ryerson 6-1

6. 6 fur; $17,000; clm($12,500); 3up

ADGER drops in class and switches to Dominguez after finishing fourth at The Meadowlands this distance. MAY DAY NOW came off the pace to defeat conditioned claimers at Philadelphia two back. GOLD CLOSE TO HOME drops in class for first start since finishing fourth in June.

PN Horse Wt. Jockey Last 3 Trainer Odds
2 Skyebay(L),121 R Rodriguez 7-9-7 Tesher 30-1
1 a-Karakorum On Black(L),118 E Castro 4-4-5 Odintz 12-1
3 May Day Now(L),118 J Castellano 7-1-10 Contessa 2-1
1A a-Karakorum Tornado(L),121 M Studart 6-8-8 Odintz 12-1
4 Golden Caesar(L),121 J Espinoza 5-4-7 PKelly 15-1
5 Gold Close to Home(L),121 J Chavez 4-3-1 Gullo 6-1
6 Remarkable Storm(L),118 J Lezcano 6-8-6 Parisella 10-1
7 Moose Man(L),118 D Cohen 3-3-6 SKlesaris 7-2
8 Knife and Fork(L),121 C Hill 7-7-10 Quick 20-1
9 Adger(L),118 R Dominguez 4-5-8 Asmussen 4-1
10 Mr. Serious(L),114 J Davis 9-2-4 Persaud 20-1

7. 1 1/16m(T); $39,000; clm($35,000); 3up

FOREVER MY FRIEND drew the rail and drops in class after showing some closing ability at Saratoga. ADAGIO switches to Dominguez after coming off the pace to win last two starts. Entrymate OPTIMER has come off the pace to win his last four starts. BIG STICK was a beaten favorite in most recent.

PN Horse Wt. Jockey Last 3 Trainer Odds
2 Forever My Friend(L),119 J Chavez 5-7-6 Stoklosa 12-1
3 Rogue Victory(L),119 E Castro 10-10-2 Weaver 8-1
1 a-Adagio(L),122 R Dominguez 1-1-1 RDutrow 3-1
4 Imperial River(L),120 D Cohen 1-7-4 Bush 20-1
5 Big Jerome(L),119 E Prado 3-9-3 Hills 6-1
6 Parc des Princes(L),120 J Castellano 1-6-3 Lobo 8-1
7 Urban Flight(L),119 J Lezcano 5-1-6 Violette 15-1
8 Inside Zone(L),119 C Hill 5-2-2 Volk 10-1
9 O'Kid(L),120 E Trujillo 1-5-1 Albertrani 6-1
1A a-Optimer(L),120 R Rodriguez 1-1-1 RDutrow 3-1
10 Big Stick(L),119 A Garcia 6-7-1 Mclaughlin 5-1
11 Lemon Shore(L),112 A Serpa 2-7-7 Persaud 20-1

8. 1 mile; $65,000; 3up HALF HIGH STAKES

SOLAR FLARE debuts for new barn after finishing third in the Grade 3 Salvador Mile in July. MORE THAN A REASON stretches out after finishing second in starter handicap in the slop last Wednesday. DA' TARA will be the main speed of the race and scratched Saturday for this spot.

PN Horse Wt. Jockey Last 3 Trainer Odds
1 Mt. Glittermore(L),118 J Espinoza 2-2-4 Contessa 12-1
2 Gold Trippi(L),123 A Garcia 2-2-9 Hough 3-1
3 Da' Tara(L),120 J Velazquez 3-8-7 Zito 6-1
4 Eddie C.(L),120 D Cohen 5-1-4 Grove 15-1
5 Solar Flare(L),123 R Dominguez 3-1-5 ADutrow 7-5
6 Timber Reserve(L),120 J Castellano 3-7-6 Kimmel 8-1
7 More Than a Reason(L),118 E Prado 2-1-2 Persaud 5-1

9. 1 1/16m(T); $20,000; mdn cl($25,0); 3up(f)

CHICK IN SLACKS returns to turf for route debut. She closed to finish fourth in last start on grass. TOP MAST faces maiden claimers for the first time after tiring badly when adding blinkers. CRIMSON TEMPEST removes the blinkers for return to turf and first off claim. UPPER GULCH drops in class after tiring to be beaten three lengths.

PN Horse Wt. Jockey Last 3 Trainer Odds
2 Deonzion(L),115 A Peralta 7-5-4 Pringle 50-1
3 Crimson Tempest(L),120 R Fuentes 4-2-3 Toscano 12-1
4 Swing Street,113 J Davis x-x-x Ubillo 20-1
1 a-Southern Princess(L),120 J Rivera 3-8-8 Contessa 12-1
5 First Feat(L),120 D Cohen 6-5-3 SKlesaris 5-1
6 Upper Gulch(L),122 J Samyn 5-9-6 PKelly 5-2
7 Cute Z Gaitor(L),115 A Serpa 8-7-9 Rowan 50-1
8 Chick in Slacks(L),120 J Chavez 7-4-4 Turner 3-1
9 Perils of Pauline(L),120 J Castellano 7-x-x Tagg 10-1
10 Top Mast(L),120 R Dominguez 10-9-7 Albertrani 6-1
11 Margaro(L),113 J Garcia 10-7-x Sciacca 30-1
12 World Express(L),120 C Hill 5-8-3 Schettino 20-1
13 Watch Smartly(L),122 A Garcia 5-5-2 Ribaudo 9-2
14 Previous Pleasure(L),122 M Luzzi 3-5-5 Tesher 30-1
15 In Spite Of(L),120 J Velazquez 7-6-3 Gyarmati 20-1
1A a-As Promised(L),122 J Espinoza 6-6-3 Contessa 12-1


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Criticism won this race in her second start since shipping to the US last year and the 5-year-old Machiavellian mare came back again to defend her title successfully as she won the 53rd running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap in the final start of her career. The Tom Albertrani trainee was ridden perfectly by Javier Castellano, giving him his seventh win of the meet and making him the leading rider after the opening week of the Aqueduct fall meet.

Lemonette finished well to be second, 2 1/4 lengths behind Criticism, with Bubbly Jane another half-length back in third. Criticism's final time for the 1?-mile race was 2:34.98 over yielding turf. Criticism will now be retired to the breeding shed for owner Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum. Her lifetime record will stand at 9-7-3 from 22 starts, with career earnings of $815,367, including $90,000 for yesterday's victory.


SECOND RACE -- John Velazquez was patient aboard Moon Drop and he got the job done for his brother-in-law Keith O'Brien. Breaking from the rail, Moon Drop stalked the pace while saving ground and the three outside horses, Out Nice Them, Kaffiend and Picnic Rock, battled for the lead. Moon Drop was ready to roll but needed a hole to open up for her to get through. Once Kaffiend drifted out slightly to give Moon Drop the hole, Velazquez sent her through and she drew off for the victory. Favored Picnic Rock was used up in the speed duel and fell back to be third behind Kaffiend.

THIRD RACE -- Recent arrival David Cohen won for third consecutive day and again he showed complete confidence with his runner. Cuvee Uncorked stalked the early pace and then started to move up on the far turn. Turning for home, Cohen rode like he was sitting in a drag race car ready for the start and, when he asked for run, Cuvee Uncorked responded kindly and drew off to win the Poker Night overnight stakes.

FOURTH RACE -- Not a Peep battled for the early lead with Favorite Colors and took command entering the far turn. She then repelled a threat from first-time starter Pretty Cozzy and drew off to break her maiden.

EIGHTH RACE -- On paper it looked as if there was a lot of pace and it would set up for a horse that would race well while not involved on the front end battle. Wild Conga set the pace but did not get the early pressure that most expected he would get. But turning for home, Frenchonionsoup ranged up alongside Wild Conga and the two horses had a heated stretch drive. Frenchonionsoup took the lead in midstretch, but Wild Conga came back determinedly on the rail and won the photo at the wire for the victory.

PICK SIX

Winning numbers: 6-1-1-5-2-5

2 winners each receives $14,681

76 cons. (5 of 6) paid $127.50

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You are a complete handicappers guide to horse racing, how did you know so many places to go and retrieve all of this information, you are like the Wikipedia encyclopedia of horse racing, just my observation. THANKS for the info.
Start early on the breeders cup info and post as much as possible when possible, thanks ... starts on Friday , Nov 6 th and ends on Saturday Nov 7 th ,two days. Help me as much as you can, need all the info you can find .
 
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Handicapping Picks for 11/04/2009

Handicapping Picks for 11/04/2009

Handicapping Picks for 11/04/2009

thewinnersforum.com and The Stallion Battalion of Top Handicappers presents...
Cal-Glenn (the Rappin' Capper) / <CITE>making today's call at OakTree for:</CITE>
<CITE>WEDNESDAY - November 4, 2009<CITE> - playing both halves of split races for Md/25000</CITE></CITE>
Race #5 - 6 Furlongs? 3&up ? Md/25000
(2) NANNI the TEASER ? led to lane but weakened late in 6.5f contest - shorter race plays to strength - 2 good tuneups - could wire them
(4) DELTAMAX - finally got a groove in last 2, the cutback to 6 puts in the mix
(10) ELUSIVE DESTINY - solid return from 15 months on bench - DelGadillo selected mount over our top pick
(5) SMOKENOMORE - Migliore figuring horse out - routed solid as pacesetter before fading
(6) TRUENO - of 11 starts last 3 were getting close - jock switch & shorter race makes him a player today

Race #8 - FRIDAY NITECAP BONUS PLAY
(6) OBJECTIFIED
Use as Key For Exacta-Wheel and DD-Wheel from Race #7
Visit thewinnersforum.com where Cal-Glenn posts his Famous Friday Freebie?
Cal-Glenn = "capping gone wild" - w/ his Amazing weekly Friday Freebie picks!
 
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