Weekend Overview: With the markets going crazy, Saratoga and dabbling in some home renovations its hard to find the time to put together a coherent review of the stakes action this weekend but I'll give it a go.
Performance of the Week: Lawyer Ron is the obvious choice, he broke the Saratoga track record and won a contentious G-1 in fine style however I want to split the honours with Street Sense. I know his performance was far more workmanlike but one can't but be impressed at how he can accelerate so quickly. It's not exactly in the Nafzger modus operandi to win prep races so Street Sense may be doing much better than expected, now we wait for Curlin's retort.
Race of the Week: I follow Saratoga closely so for me the best race of the week had to be run there. Since I have a soft spot for Diabolical I shall give his Vanderbilt victory the two thumbs up. Attila's Storm is one of the fastest horses out there. He has been frail which is a shame but he tries all the way to the line and is possibly the most likely pacesetter in the BC Sprint this fall. For Diabolical to get the better of him is no mean feat, regardless of the odds.
Flop of the Weekend: Ermine has been near the top of the Older Female division ever since her win in the Apple Blossom. However since that race she's been a mess. She never lifted a hoof in her latest flop.
TCR Mover’s and Shakers: Street Sense has taken over the top spot in the 3yo division but only narrowly over Curlin who is set to run this weekend. Curlin may in fact become the top ranked horse in the nation with a win. Lawyer Ron burst onto the Older Horse scene with his powerful Whitney score. With Invasor out and Lava Man restricted to California he has a good a chance as anyone of being the top Older Horse this term. Diabolical moved to 4th in the Sprint division and My Typhoon shot up to second in the Female Turf division. Ginger Ounch stamped herself as possibly the best Older Female on the east coast but she is still only ranked third behind Nashoba's Key and Balance.
Tip O’the Cap: I don't much care for the chosen attire of Mrs Charlotte Weber but she is the model of classy ownership in my opinion. She buys and breeds high quality animals, puts them with trainers of good reputation and gives them a proper chance on the racetrack. Miesque's Approval last year was kept in training when he ought to have been retired and he rewarded her and the fans with a championship season. My Typhoon seems to be repeating the trick this year and all of this is due to the sporting nature of her owner.
KC Handicapping: It felt like a great opportunity missed when Greg's Gold went down by a head to In Summation in the Bing Crosby. The price was square and both favorites were vulnerable. I though well of In Summation but not well enough. None of the 7 horses I had selected this weekend finished out of the superfecta so it seems a shame only to clear $1.10 in profits. On the positive side though my Saratoga handicapping is going very well. At the time of writing I'm 1 for 5 on Monday but otherwise I've had 13 winners and am showing a 59.15% profit. Make sure to keep an eye on the sidebar for my daily selections and you can also see the full results here.
Cumulative record of selected horses: 7(4)-2-1-1 (+$1.10 +7.86% ROI)
Overall record: 325(136)-61-52-52 (-$52.80 -8.12% ROI)