Travers 2018

stark
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Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:01 pm

I don't think there are any rules saying I can't post this link, at least I hope not....

A view of the day from Thorograph
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e5067f4b1 ... _Cover.pdf
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:08 pm

stark wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:01 pm
I don't think there are any rules saying I can't post this link, at least I hope not....

A view of the day from Thorograph
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e5067f4b1 ... _Cover.pdf
Thanks stark. Some interesting thoughts there.

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stark
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Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:36 pm

Your welcome, in addition to the written opinions, the audio-visual links are good too, especially if you've never been walked through reading a sheet.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:26 pm

Bravazo
Good Magic
Gronk/Tenfold

Not sure what to do with Catholic Boy... think he's better on turf.
Wonder Gadot is a good story, but her odds will be much lower than her actual chances, so no thanks this time around.
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Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:21 pm

Bravazo on top, eh? He's very honest and he has danced every dance; wouldn't it be something if he finally had his moment in the sun in the Midsummer Derby?

I'm not sold on Wonder Gadot either. There's no Justify or Monomoy Girl here but she's still in awful deep. I like Catholic Boy but I agree that he is probably best on turf.

Good Magic makes the most sense but I wouldn't mind seeing Bravazo get it.
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Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:50 pm

I’m hoping we get some kind of Good Magic, Bravazo, Wonder Gadot trifecta.

Just really stoked that some connections are taking a sporting chance (Wonder Gadot).
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:23 am

I have narrowed my win candidate to either Catholic Boy, Bravazo, or Tenfold.

GL everyone. Not betting the race, but should be a good one.
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:23 am

Starine wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:21 pm
Bravazo on top, eh?
At his likely odds vs. some of the others I think he's worth a shot at least for the exacta. He's consistently run pretty well, the race in LA aside when he blew the turn, and has enough early speed to be tactical. Good Magic is the class, but his price will be so low that I'm looking elsewhere for the win.
Trigger Warning, Meistermind and King Zachary would be a surprise in the winner's circle, but other than those I think it's pretty wide open actually.
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:55 pm

All Stakes P4
Against Whitmore, so playing the other contenders, 1, 5, 6 and 8.

While the Travers was once a single for me.......no longer after spending some time perusing the Rag numbers. Need to back up Good Magic with a couple more.....Gronkowski, Catholic Boy and yes, King Zachary (improving pattern who just needs a little jump up to get into the winners circle).

Which forces me to narrow my two As (Hi Happy and Sadlers Joy) in the Sword Dancer in the 2nd leg, where I was once 5 deep. A win by the 2,3,7 sends me to the bar for a few pops to recover from my regrets prior to diving into the Travers vertical exotics.

Closing my P4 play with A Raving Beauty and Off Limits in the Ballston Spa.
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:30 pm

Props to Promises Fulfilled. I thought for sure he'd bounce off the last. He's either a Spa specialist or we just saw one of the favorites for the BC sprint (or both)...
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:32 pm

I thought he was done coming around the turn but he just kept on going. Happy to see a Shack baby do well.
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:39 pm

Promises Fulfilled certainly appears to have inherited his sire's will to win.
Gidu pressed PF for much of the race, but couldn't stay with him. IMO, that dirt experiment with the Frankel colt wasn't a smashing success and I expect to see the grey colt back on the green stuff next out.
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:49 pm

I believe this is the first grade 1 winner for Shack! :D
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:57 pm

Abel Tasman looked like a beast in the walking ring. I like the Chilean filly, Wow Cat, given the odds.
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:11 pm

What could have been a great stretch duel sullied a bit by the fact that the rail is clearly a better place to be and Elate definitely lost momentum from that bump.
firehorse
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:28 pm

That was pretty close but not bad enough to take Baffert down the day after they honored him with his red jacket.
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:50 pm

Abel Tasman may have done well along the rail, but Marley's Freedom had to come four wide to take the G1 Ballerina.
Maybe Mike Smith's winning touch with distaffers matters more than which part of the track the horse is on? :P
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:07 pm

I'll be rooting for Mendelssohn, but I doubt he has a shot in his current form. Still crossing my fingers for him to do well!
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:14 pm

Kurenai wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:07 pm
I'll be rooting for Mendelssohn, but I doubt he has a shot in his current form. Still crossing my fingers for him to do well!
Mendelssohn is weird. If he runs well I won't be surprised, but at the same time if he runs poorly I won't be surprised either.
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Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:21 pm

Whitmore!
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