First Post: Sunday, August 28, 2011

How can you name a violent force of nature “Irene”?

You are doubtless familiar with the English word “irenic”, meaning, more or less, “aimed at peace”.

OK. By that logic, we shall soon be hearing about hurricanes named “Muffin”, “Junior” and the ever-popular “Hello, Kitty”. zOMG. Stay safe, los amigos de las carreras y las calesas! Pero no los cabaallos del cuarto americano! Esos no son cool.

Free ones: In a day filled with cancellations, it is Calder — Calder! — that is fast and not off the turf. zOMG. Rundown…

Saratoga Race Course Golden Gate 2, 6, 9
Calder 6, 9, 10
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club 7, 8, 9

Very good at Calder. Also looking forward to the other two.

Pay-side: Only five today, courtesy of the abandonment of the Monmouth programme. Rundown…

River 2, 5, 6
Woodbine 7, 8, 9
Ellis 1, 5, 7
Arlington 3, 7, 8
Louisiana 5, 7, 8

All these are pretty good, too.

WMF Report: No major changes…

Canterbury 5½f, 6f
Columbus 6½f
Ellis 1m
Emerald 6f
Golden Gate 6f (!) (WMF 166)
Louisiana 6f
Monmouth 6f
Ruidoso 5½f

Del Mar 1 1/16m (T) (WMF 17)
Woodbine 7f (WMF 15), 1 1/16m (Honourable Mention, WMF 26)\

Nocturnal Submission: As usual, the Mountain gets the Sunday Night Special, this time in Race 6 (9:05 p.m. EDT / 6:05 p.m. PDT), with #2 Splendid Again ready to be splendid on this evening, at least. …Later, in the ninth (10:20 / 7:20), tossup time, with #3 B. Murray no worse than any of the others. …

Thank you. Remember to join us again tomorrow for the standard “First Post” post (Swampatoga permitting), as well as for certain the weekly “Monday Boxing” offering (biases permitting). Until such time, it’s goodbye.

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