It wasn’t enough to have the races on Saturday, they had to go and add three BC races on Friday; I need to get a second job to play all this stuff. Here’s a rundown.
Filly & Mare Sprint
DREAM RUSH was sick but has been working up a storm for her return and has never been worse then second in eight lifetime starts with six wins and two seconds. All of her races have been on regular dirt tracks which gives her an edge.
MISS MCY SUE is very reliable with nine wins out of 17 starts and looks like part of the exotics.
OPRAH WINNEY won in her only try on this course which is a big plus and is a must use.
WILD GAMS is the longshot special in this race as she has won twice on this track and will be flying late and could get there if the speed collapses.
ACHILL ISLAND is from across the pond for legendary trainer Aidan O"Brien and this guy has a win and three seconds on the grass in four starts with top company; he will be a major player in this race.
GIO PONTI is an undefeated 2yo colt trained by the outstanding turf trainer Christophe Clement. He has two easy wins on the grass, one at 7f and the other at 1 1/16; he can run all day and looks to be one two in this field.
CHEROKEE TRIANGLE rounds out the field and will be a pace factor from start to finish.
DIAMOND STRIPES is a late closer and will have a ton of pace to run at here and should be part of the trifecta.
GOTTCHA GOLD is a horse-for-course with five wins and two seconds from eight starts at Monmouth. Gottcha will be sent early and will try to hold on for part of the prize.
PARK AVENUE BALL is another who loves this track with six wins, three seconds and a third from 10 starts and he may not need the lead to run his best.
XCHANGER has won twice on this course and will be coming late, with some luck he could get there at a nice price.
INDIAN BLESSING Trained by Bob Baffert, this girl has run her two races on dirt tracks — one at Saratoga and the other in the GR1 Frizette at Belmont, which I think gives her an advantage over the girls that have been running on the synthetic surfaces. She will get a great stalking pace and just could go all the way.
PROUD SPELL has won all three of her starts and has the look of a filly that can run all day. She will pick up a lot of tiring speed and just maybe a little price as well.
ZEE ZEE has been turfing for trainer Mott so I am surprised to see she in this race but this hall of fame trainer knows what he is doing, she will be coming late.
PYRO just ran a bang up second to War Pass in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont when closing fast. He will be a late threat in here.
WAR PASS is the speed and will try and take these on a merry chase. He has done everything asked of him in his short three races, winning all easily wire to wire — the one to run down.
Z HUMOR is out of the same race with Pyro and War Pass; this one has the look of a young horse sitting on a huge effort — and the price will be right.
Filly and Mare Turf
HONEY RYDER is a proven commodity and ran a bang up second on this course back in July losing to English Channel.
NASHOBAS KEY the undefeated filly for the ever capable Carla Gaines is the one I will be rooting for but just don’t know if she is this good.
WAIT A WHILE, PRECIOUS KITTEN AND LAHUDOOD round out the contention in a tough race.
ATTILAS STROM has run his best lifetime race on this track and will be mighty tough in here at a big price.
IDIOT PROFF ran his best lifetime race on this course and will get a perfect stalking trip; this 3yo could get up late.
MIDNIGHT LUTE will be the late threat and has been doing his best stuff on dirt tracks and never puts in a bad effort; he just may be the key in the trifecta and super.
EXCELLENT ART — I will use this guy as a single in all my picks; he is the first of two best bets that I have and first of two of my hunch bets. Last year it was a horse called Red Rocks, and I could not believe I was sitting at the Red Rock and didn’t have a red cent on him. Now it will be the "Art" horse after Red Rock race and sports boss; no mistakes for me this time around, single, best bet No. 1.
JEREMY just ran behind Excellent Art and could be part of the tri and exacta.
HYSTERICALADY ran huge on this course August 25th and will be tough once again on the front end if the speed is holding, if not look to another.
INDIAN VALE is another who has run big at Monmouth and will be shadowing the Hystericalady around the course.
LEARS PRINCESS is an up and coming 3yo filly who just may be able to wait and run them down late; after all she did beat Rags To Riches down the lane.
DYLAN THOMAS will be my play of the day for several reasons; first he is the best horse in the race, second is that on October 27, 1914, Dylan Thomas, Wales’ greatest poet was born. He was best known for one of my favorite poems — "Do not go gentle into that good night," including the famous line, "Rage, rage against the dying of the light." Dylan Thomas the horse has won his last two starts both graded and the last was the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe. Single and all-in, I will be, as I rage into the dying light.
ENGLISH CHANNEL has won both of his starts at Monmouth and as always be right there at the end.
RED ROCKS has been beaten bay Dylan Thomas twice this year and doesn’t look as good as he did coming into this as he did last year.
(Try a 10-cent super Dylan Thomas over English Channel with all with all.)
Well, its Saturday and getting late and I am flush since Dylan Thomas has just won the last race and I have an all-in here but will press with a little Saturday night fever.
ANY GIVEN SATURDAY was my Kentucky Derby pick and he has really blossomed since that debacle, winning three straight. He ran his best race on this course in the Haskell when beating Hard Spun and Curlin, two of his foes in here. I don’t see any different outcome as I do think he will beat them again.
GEORGE WASINGTON is another very live one for O"Brien and could be Saturday’s stiffest test down the lane.
Good luck and have a great time, see you at the Rock.