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Friday, September 4, 2009

And Down the Stretch They Come...

.... in the EquiSpace Toga Party Contest.

The post title reminds me of the 2006 Derby when one of our crew for the entire weekend would blurt out "and down the stretch they come" in his best Durkin imitation. Problem is, he did it for every single race during the weekend to the point we were sick of hearing it. You know "that guy" don't you?

The contest has heated up and it's still pretty wide open with 6 valuable points still up for grabs, although a couple points could be pretty much sewn up before Monday.

Here's a recap of the leaderboard (reaching over, patting self on back) and prognosis of what could transpire....

1) EquiSpace - 4 points
2) Green But Game - 3 points
4) Saratoga Spa - 2 points
4) The Saratoga Resident - 2 points
10) 6 others tied - 1 point
15) 5 others - Goose eggs

EquiSpace: Yours truly had a monster day on Travers Day vaulting into the lead by capturing the two feature races (thank you stewards) and the closest $2 trifecta payout. Long range outlook: with Pletcher and Dominguez as their respective category leaders and a fairly low $2 exacta payout guess, I may win my own contest. Boy, that would suck, huh?

Green But Game: Last year's runnerup is having another strong showing in the TP contest. However with McPeek and Maragh she looks doomed. Basically, she needs bomb/bomb to come in for the Woodward and has to nail the trainer (18) and jockey (42) wins on the number to finish strong. Needs a lot of things to happen.

Saratoga Spa: He's a real gamer and has been auditing my scorecard for weeks cause he's in the ballpark and is sniffing a potential victory. His $2 exacta projection of $15.00 for the Woodward could be solid with Rachel Alexandra in the mix. He also has Dominguez on the jockey ladder. He could sneak into the place spot with just the right turn of events.

The Saratoga Resident: I can already hear the whining about Vineyard Haven that would have us tied with GbG for the lead. He came out blazing at the start of the contest, but cooled off significantly on Travers Day and he has slid back into a tie for fourth. His only hopes are that the Toddster gets hot and wins 5 more races and his exacta pick of $46.00 is close. Not out of the realm of possibility.

SpaceBro: A relative newcomer to the sport has the # of turf races point locked up which will bring him up to 2 pts and his Pletcher, and 22 trainer wins selections could land him in the top tier. His obvious Syracuse-laden selection of $44.44 for the $2 exacta payout could even vault him into the top spot. He's the potential late closer of the group.

Enjoy this weekend's races and good luck!


SaratogaSpa said...

I'm done auditing, a wins seems no longer probable, but I will dig down in the stretch and fight for that place or show money!

Dan Collins said...

I truly wish I had entered the contest. Alas, after 6 weeks I had to leave Saratoga today and miss the final weekend and Rachel. My daughter plays in a soccer tournament in Erie, Pa this weekend, so off to the west I go. At least I'll stop into Presque Isle Downs for Saturday night racing and the Woodward via simulcast.

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