That's Todd A. Pletcher saddling Caixa Electronica in the paddock yesterday before the Marvin. More pics to come early next week of Toga's opening weekend.
All of the Toga Party IV picks have been posted, with 19 entries. Believe it or not, yours truly was within 30 folks of the opening day attendance figure of 25,155. See the link in the right sidebar for 2011 Toga Party to see the final submissions.
Today I like Self Control (7-2) in Race 5, the Chad Brown 3-year old by Lemon Drop Kid, was coming late in his maiden voyage and was caught in all kinds of traffic trying to get through. He has a fabulous work on July 16 and has Javier Castellano aboard to attack the inner turf. The only downside is the outside post.
I'll also be taking a hard look at Jimmy Sims in the 9th which looks like a highly competitive allowance race. He'll run for the first time for Anthony Dutrow after previous being conditioned by Roger Attfield's Woodbine operation.
I picked Plum Pretty in The News' Friday blog, just hoping she doesn't get hooked in a speed duel with It's Tricky in the Coaching Club American Oaks.
Stay cool and let's cash some tickets today.