New York racing got a break today and Governor David Paterson has stepped up and gave the NYRA $17 million to get the sport through Saratoga. To make the cake sweeter, he said that they are working on a long term plan after that. So, it lives…. And we need to celebrate by capping the “Big Apple” and catching a couple of exactas.
#5 Rubinstein (8-5) looks to be the player. David Cohen is up for Thom Bush, and has had troubled comment lines the last two races. He ran a game 2nd last out, and followed that effort with a bullet work on May 15th, going 47 flat…. Jara to Cohen has to help, and he has been bet very nicely at the windows the last four races.
Use him over - #8 Ashley’s Mission (6-1). 2nd time off a layoff, and goes 2nd time lasix. Chavez is in the saddle, and should make a nice underneath player. Drops in from mdn 20 down to mdn 16,000.
Also use, #1 Royal Vagabond (5-1). This runner goes from mdn special weight on the weeds to maiden 16,000 on the main track. This is a solid drop for him, and the rail has played 19% at this distance.
#5 Polished (2-1) looks to be the one to beat. Prado and Dick Dutrow hook up, and they roll 27% as winners. Claiming 32,000 last effort, and goes into starter $50,000. Ships in from Gulfstream Park, and Dutrow wins 27% shipping. This is a dependable gelding who is 2/2 in 2010.
Use over #1 Web Gem (5-1). Cohen and Billy Badgett team up. 5/7 on the off tracks as rain is expected, and the rail has been the place to be going a mile, winning 26%.
#2 Patrol Leader (10-1) is the other exacta candidate. Speedy gelding, and should improve with the rider change to Maragh. Worked a bullet on 5/14, and this is a good sign.
With the good news of New York being bailed out, I am ready to follow my favorite circuit for quite a while. This hump day special should get your bankroll kicking, and gets you in the mindset for the weekend.