JC / Railbird

Today’s Longshot Flyer

SAR, R4: Special Detail (ML 12-1). Starts off a dismal debut in which the Johar filly was beaten by more than 33 lengths, but I’m intrigued by the distance and surface switch.
Results: Bet down to 6-1, which totally killed my interest in this filly, and good thing, since she tracked the pace early, then dropped like a rock to last in the stretch. The winner was 2-1 favorite High Cry, a Street Cry filly debuting for trainer Todd Pletcher, now 4-for-12 with 2-year-old first-time starters at the Spa (and all four of those wins with rider John Velazquez up). I did get to feel smart in the second at least, sticking with Digger off his odd claim last out in a race with conditions (“For three year olds and upward which have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less in 2006-08”) that seemed beautifully suited. He went to post as the fourth choice, willingly waited for the dueling leaders to tire, and paid $9.20 to win by two lengths.
Thanks to 6-1 Raffie’s Treasure in the feature, trainer Dominic Galluscio avoided “getting the duck” this meet, scoring his first win after four seconds and two thirds over the past couple weeks. If I Lost My Choo hadn’t scratched, it’s possible Galluscio would have added another second to his record, but with the overwhelming likely favorite out, the homebred filly was free to race clear on the outside, avoiding the flying mud, then draw away to a visually impressive 9 3/4 length win over the sloppy track (final time for the 1 1/8 miles, 1:53.48). “We were very fortunate that [the race] came off the turf,” said Galluscio (Daily Gazette).
Raffie's Treasure returns to the winner's circle
Raffie’s Treasure entering the winner’s circle after the ninth.


Saratoga sounds like such fun–I can hardly let another summer go by without a visit–can anyone suggest accommodations there–say, something on the less expensive side. Suggestions welcome.

Posted by racehorseartist on August 8, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

Saratoga is a fantastic place to visit. For reasonably priced accommodations in town, I’ve enjoyed the Springs Motel on lower Broadway, which is within walking distance of the track and downtown. I haven’t stayed in hotels outside of town, but friends have found cheap(er) rooms in Ballston Spa and Clifton Park and seemed happy, so you might consider lodgings a little further out and drive in for the races …

Posted by Jessica on August 8, 2008 @ 10:20 pm