Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Instead of tackling the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown at Fort Erie, a program for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds, the siren of Saratoga has lured the Plate champion to the Spa.
The connections (Donver Stable and trainer Josie Carroll) have won the Alabama before, with Careless Jewel in 2009, so it's not all that surprising that they'll be headed down the NYS Thruway.
Sure hope Luis Contreras grabs a mount in the $500K Prince of Wales, I really like his riding style. Since the Fort is our home track's big race, I'm a bit out of sorts by the decision. I understand it's a restricted race versus the open company that she'll face at the Spa (off an eight week layoff!), but isn't their national Triple Crown something to shoot for? I hope she finishes DFL in Saratoga (enter evil Geno).
It's almost time for Toga Party IV, so start studying the past years' spreadsheets. The questions from 2010 are listed here and the last two contest results are listed on the right sidebar. Tony Bada Bing is the defending champ who had a nice run picking stakes winners last year en route to the crown in his rookie season.
Ok...back to lollygagging for another week...we'll post the contest rules and questions next week.