June 28, 2002

In This Issue...

Overture (Reprise)

(Reprinted from last week's late editions.)

Of course, the machine knows that results speak for themselves, and he realizes he's done a good job of selling himself. But he knows there are those who need to hear the verse-chorus-verse pattern a few times before they can hum or whistle on their own.

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In fact, Fast Capper 2002 answers these questions and many more like them because it actually projects the running times for each horse or contender in the race. And it projects these times to fall in line with the conditions of today's race. So there won't be a distance-switch, surface-change, class-move or ship-in or ship-out situation you won't be able to handle with amazing ease.

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Thank you for your kind indulgence.

When the Music's Over

Enough of this silly musical theme. Let's open the doors to something new and different.

The man (as in the hapless human gray-matter fellah) who vied with the machine has long since left the realm of sanity, snoring now peacefully in his big, warm bed, South Korea jersey on, resting up for an early 4 o'clock wake-up call Saturday morning on the West Coast of the United States, to watch and hope the co-host country will snag third-place away from the Turks.

In contrast, the machine is well-oiled and geared-up yet again for another stellar performance on the coming weekend, 30-odd more stakes races to run down, kept honest some by a few ugly performances last week but at the same time buoyed by several more super results floating in from the Arlington Park statebred weekend and the feature at Mr. Tom Brown's home track, the itsy-bitsy Finger Lakes in Canandaigua in New York State. Iszy-bitzy witzy-witzy everywhere.

But the machine nods knowingly at the man's football jones on the final weekend of World Cup '02, and the machine hopes he will be able to perform with the same kind of domination and flair that he calculates Brasil will dispense at the expense of Alemania in the Championship on Sunday. Or maybe not. The role of chance in all of this is impressive and undeniable. But no doubt it is, at the very least, fun and entertaining and, if the planets are aligned, profitable, perhaps spectacularly so.

As always, these are based on fast dirt tracks and firm turf courses and, of course, before any knowledge of raceday scratches, weather-related or otherwise. (Looks like good weather all over the country -- maybe even South Florida -- this time. All right.)

Arlington 8, Arlington Classic Stakes, 1 1/16 miles turf, 3yo

#9 Cappuchino (fair odds 5-2), #1 Jeremiah Jack (9-2), #3 Mr. Mellon (9-2), #8 Doc Holiday (5-1)

Belmont 5, Tremont Stakes (Gr. III), 5 1/2 furlongs dirt, 2yo

#2 Hussar (2-1), #5 Zavata (2-1), #3 Windsor Lodge (5-2)

Belmont 9, Mike Lee Stakes, 7 furlongs dirt, 3yo

#1 Private Emblem (2-1), #3 Trial Prep (9-2), #9 Rogue Agent (9-2)

Belmont 10, Mother Goose Stakes (Gr. I), 1 1/8 miles dirt, 3yo F

#4 Chamrousse (3-5), #5 Nonsuch Bay (2-1)

Canterbury 6, Frances Genter Stakes, 6 furlongs dirt, 3yo F

#4 Susie Blues (9-2), #1 Ashley's Affair (5-1)

Canterbury 7, Victor S. Myers Jr. Stakes, 6 furlongs dirt, 3yo C&G

#4 J. P. Jet (3-1), #3 Frosty Prince (5-1), #9 Semi Sweet Dr (5-1), #2 Double Duces (6-1)

Churchill 9, Aristides Handicap (Gr. III), 6 1/2 furlongs dirt, 3up

#2 Orientate (8-5), #3 No Armistice (7-2), #6 Twilight Road (5-1), #4 Binthebest (5-1)

Colonial 10, Da Hoss Stakes, 1 mile turf, 3up

#4 La Reine's Terms (5-2)

Calder 11, J J's Dream Stakes, 5 1/2 furlongs dirt, 2yo F

#1 Heavenly Miss (5-2), #9 Running Debate (9-2), #8 Crimson and Roses (5-1), #5 Electrical Carlita (6-1)

Delaware 6, Susan's Girl Breeders' Cup Stakes, 1 1/16 miles dirt, 3yo F

#2 Mayo On the Side (2-1), #7 Shop Till You Drop (7-2), #1 Alternate (4-1), #4 Martha's Music (5-1)

Delaware 7, Brandywine Stakes, 1 mile dirt, 3up

#5 Runspastum (9-2), #8 Top Bunk (5-1), #1A First Amendment (5-1), #2 Burning Roma (6-1)

Fair Meadows 8, Route 66 Stakes, 6 1/2 furlongs dirt, 3up

#3 Abbi's Choice (5-1), #1A Quit Dodging (5-1), #2 Butt Out (5-1), #8 Cheyenne Breeze (6-1)

Hollywood 7, Beverly Hills Handicap (Gr. I), 1 1/4 miles turf, 3up F&M

#7 Snowflake (9-5), #1 Canzone (6-1), #6 Astra (6-1)

Hastings 7, Burnaby Breeders' Cup Handicap, 1 1/16 miles dirt, 3yo

#5 Bold 'n Keen (7-2), #3 Commodore Craig (4-1), #4 Test Drive (5-1), #8 Silver Donn (5-1)

Louisiana 10, Turf Honeymoon Stakes, about 1 mile turf, 3up F&M

#8 Golden Rhythm (3-1), #7 Strawbailey (4-1), #3 Eagle Lake (5-1)

Lone Star 3, Texas Stallion Consolation Stakes, 5 1/2 furlongs dirt, 2yo C&G

#9 Prime Motive (4-1), #1A Father Martin (9-2), #7 Capitol H (9-2), #1 Calyton (6-1) [Note: If both halves of the coupled-entry go, fair odds on entry are 2-1.]

Lone Star 4, Valor Farm Stakes, 6 furlongs dirt, 3yo F

#4 Miss Ritz (5-2), #1 Dancing Dreams (7-2), #2 Lucky M (9-2), #3 Truly Sunlit (5-1)

Lone Star 5, Allen Bogan Memorial Stakes, 1 mile dirt, 3up F&M

#1 Coastalota (7-2), #11 Miss Photogenic (5-1), #2 Nanie's Dinner (5-1)

Lone Star 6, Harold V. Goodman Sprint Stakes, 6 furlongs, 3yo

#4 Nuclear Assembly (4-5), #2 Son of a Lue (7-2), #8 Mi Brujo (6-1)

Lone Star 7, Assault Stakes, 1 1/16 miles dirt, 3up

#2 Lights On Broadway (1-1), #6 Desert Darby (3-1), #1 Logans Leo (6-1)

Lone Star 8, Texas Stallion Stakes, 5 1/2 furlongs dirt, 2yo F

#8 Ruhletta (5-1), #4 Dancing Jones (5-1), #7 Hay Allison (5-1), #1A Bedif (6-1)

Lone Star 9, Texas Stallion Stakes, 5 1/2 furlongs dirt, 2yo C&G

#8 Leo's Last Hurrahy (9-2), #9 Action Tonight (9-2), #7 Hadif's Lover Boy (5-1), #10 Screen Pass (5-1)

Marquis 6, Saskatoon Handicap, 6 furlongs dirt, 3yo

#3 Good Old Sprite (5-2), #5 Slew Tonic (3-1), #4 South On Clarence (4-1), #1 Britts Xpress (6-1)

Monmouth 10, Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap, 1 1/8 miles dirt, 3up F&M

#1 Atelier (8-5), #4 Extend (9-5), #2 Spain (6-1)

Northlands 7, Western Canada Handicap, 6 1/2 furlongs dirt, 3yo

#9 Cat in a Bag (7-2), #2 Sweet Drummer (4-1), #3 Intore (9-2), #8 My Birthday Boy (6-1), #7 Dark Fuse (7-1)

Philadelphia 9, Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap, 1 1/16 miles turf, 3up F&M

#5 Rhum (7-2), #9 Babae (9-2), #3 Caught Out (5-1)

Pleasanton 10, Sam J. Whiting Memorial Handicap, 6 furlongs dirt, 3up

#4 Profound (5-2), #1 Sempai (5-1), #2 Beyond Brilliant (5-1), #5 Fight for Silver (5-1)

Prairie 8, Cyclones Handicap, 1 1/16 miles dirt, 3up C&G

#4 Cowboy Stuff (9-5), #5 Take Me Up (5-2), #1 Sure Shot Biscuit (4-1)

Rockingham 9, Rockingham Park Oaks, 1 1/16 miles turf, 3yo F

#4 Little Time (7-2), #1 Conwiss (4-1), #3 Heavenly Night (5-1), #6 High Maintenance (5-1)

Woodbine 4, Zadracarta Stakes, 6 furlongs turf, 3up F&M

#1 Bubbi Trap (2-1), #5 American in Paris (3-1), #7 Mysterious Affair (5-1), #2 Healing Knowledge (6-1)

Woodbine 7, Clarendon Stakes, 5 1/2 furlongs dirt, 2yo

#1 Lucky Larue (1-1), #8 Magic Jack (9-2), #2 Ger (7-1)

As ever, best wishes for a prosperous and fun weekend.

The End

Chris McCarron retired last Sunday. He went out with the sort of class and honesty you wish you could see in all athletes when it comes time for them to hang it up. Judging by the turnout and the number of racing luminaries there to send him off, McCarron got as good as he gave, and that's surprising for so competitive a sport as Thoroughbred racing.

Of course, Came Home did his part by making sure McCarron's final ride was a winning one. It's hard enough to go out on top, but to get a chartered equine limo in the form of a Graded stakes winner to glide you into posterity, well, it was almost too good.

Then again, McCarron's career was assuredly the same way. He didn't win the most races, but he won the biggest ones often enough that he was the game's all-time money-leading rider. He won the Derby twice, the Breeders' Cup Classic an incredible five times. He was the regular rider of the great John Henry after Shoemaker opted out, and McCarron also piloted Precionist, Paseana, Alysheba and Flawlessly. And he carried Sunday Silence to that horse's career-defining victory for the ages in the BC Classic of 1989.

And he was arguably the greatest grass rider the game has ever seen. In 2001 in Southern California, he finished with a still-competitive 113 wins, and a scan of his 43 turf victories tells why -- patience. Never one to move too soon on the lawn, McCarron made sure the majority of his mounts got going in earnest when it was time for the real running to begin, after the first six furlongs of the race had passed. Stubborn in the stretch after surging to the lead by the furlong pole, or else timing it just right to get up in the shadow of the wire on grass, McCarron was no doubt, year in and year out, the most formidable stretch-duel jockey in races on the turf.

It probably is too early to speculate which of several jockeys will try to fill McCarron's sizable boots in grass races, but the initial suspicion here is that another patient, talented, strong-finisher will be the one. His name? Garrett Gomez. Check it out.

In another closing nowhere near that scope, this weekend marks the finish of the May-June Triple Crown Edition of the Big-Prize Handicapping Contest. While the Exotics Division was settled long ago when Diane B. saw fit to crush the Belmont Stakes trizacta, the Win Division remains very much up in the air. Last weekend scrambled the picture even further, and here are your top five contenders entering the final two races of play:

  1. Edward B., $473.90
  2. Diane B., $441.10
  3. Mitch S., $404.50
  4. Andy P., $357.30
  5. C. B., $329.80

Good luck to all the warriors. We are with you in your handicapping.

Alabama Song (A Tribute to Kurt Weill and Berthold Brecht)

Oh, Moon of Alabama / We now must say goodbye...

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