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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Toga Party IV: It's Time to Tango

Cheers! It's Toga Party IV!
It's time to tango, Space Cadets! We're opening up Toga Party IV for submissions right up until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday July 21st. Everyone loves a Toga Party, right?

If you've been around this blog (or you just stumbled upon it by googling "bird poop good luck") you know there are two constants (and neither one is baseball):  (1) the annual Derby spreadsheet and (2) the annual Saratoga meeting contest.

We had 17 brave souls enter last year and the winner had six correct answers out of 15. Six correct also won Toga Party II, so it seems to be the magic number.. Last year's final standings and correct answers can be found here.

So here are the Space rules:

Rules: I've broken it down to 5 meet questions, 5 race or raceday specific questions and 5 winners of major stake races for this year's Saratoga meeting. 1 point per correct answer. Stakes race winner selections are not due until midnight on the Friday before the race. I will have the spreadsheet up and running on the right side bar before opening day. Remember there's no Price is Right rules in effect (you can go over - it's closest to the correct number). Either email me: budmanbflo[at] your selections for question 1-10 items only and the tiebreaker or leave them in the comment section by next Thursday at midnight (opening day eve) with your email address (if I don't already have it).  I will email the group on Thursday before the stakes races to remind you of the race selections (items 11-15)

So here goes (open to all, we don't discriminate here in Space Land):

Meet questions
1) Leading Trainer
2) # of Wins - Leading Trainer
3) Leading Jockey (wins)
4) # of Wins - Leading Jockey
5) Total turf races for entire meet

Race/Raceday questions
6) Opening day attendance
7) Travers day attendance
8) Wins by #8 horse on 8/8/2011 (It's a Monday)
9) $2 Trifecta payout on the Travers
10) $2 Exacta payout on the Woodward

Stakes Race Winners - Do not send these to me now (due Friday midnight B4 the race)
11) Jim Dandy winner
12) Whitney winner
13) Alabama winner
14) Travers winner
15) King's Bishop winner


XX) Which jockey will top the jockey earnings for the meet?

Grand Prize: 2 Tickets to Bills game in December (just kidding)
Real Grand Prize: Choice of Handicapping or Racing Book currently in print (not kidding)

Defending Champs:

Toga I: Foolish Pleasure (2008) Runnerup: Green But Game
Toga II: EquiSpace (2009); Runnerup: Saratoga Spa (*)
Toga III: Tony Bada Bing (2010); Runnerup(s): SpaceBro, Floppydog
Toga IV: Insert Your Name Here

(*) Your host deferred victory to runnerup SS who won tie-breaker over Triple Dead Heat and Green But Game.

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tencentcielo said...

1. Pletcher
2. 28
3. John Velazquez
4. 48
5. 124
6. 24,184
7. 48,142
8. 4
9. $148.20
10. $82.40

tiebreaker - Johnny V

Valerie Grash said...

1) Todd Pletcher
2) 32
3) Javier Castellano
4) 45
5) 188
6) 23,145
7) 44,654
8) 0
9) $352
10) $57

Tie Breaker: John Velazquez

Tony Bada Bing said...

Defending champ checking in:
1) Linda Rice
2) 25
3) Dominguez
4) 49
5) 152
6) 31,258
7) 39,899
8) 2
9) $464.80
10) $52.50

Susan said...

1. Pletch
2. 31
3. JV
4. 58
Thanks Geno! Enjoy Opening Day!


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