Nat’l. Hamburger Day now, and if you’re ever in La-La Land, stay away from the hipster/trendster joints and go instead with the no-frills but probably much tastier Counter.
As well, do not make the fatal mistake some Presidential Candidates make by insisting on well-done (read: burnt-to-a-hockey-puck-tough) beef. This is an outrage to all true carnivores the world over. Between demanding crispy-grilled red meats and not drinking any alcohol, some Presidential Candidates speak volumes of their automatic disqualifications. Thank you.
Free ones: Rundown…
Belmont 9, 10
Gulfstream Park Proper 6, 8, 9, 11
Santa Anita 2, 6, 9, 11
Arlington 5, 7, 8
Belterra 5, 6, 8
Delpark 7, 8, 9
Golden Gate 3, 6, 7, 8, 9
Louisiana 1, 3, 4, 6
Pimlico 7, 9
Woodbine 6, 7, 9
Today’s Stakes Pageantry: None on the free page, but pay-side has Arlington 7.
Should be OK for #3 Brooklynsway in Arlington 6.
Wild-open in Arapahoe 8, wild-open. #10 Special Task is no worse than anyone else in there.
Chalky #8 Mighty Mo seems set to win it for The Hammer of God Mariano Rivera in Belmont 8.
#6 Green Gratto does not figure to disappoint in Monmouth 9.
Straight-up upset call to #5 Red Red Rose in Northlands 4.
The Equine Lotto-Ball Hopper is in play in PennNat 4: pick a number, any number. For us, it’ll be longshots #8 Previous Honor and #2 Devilwentogeorgia.
Two-to-five on the morning line is probably correct for #1 Enola Gray in Santa Anita 4. But in Race 8, we tiptoe around the morning-line fave for the preferred combo of #2 Boozer and #6 Soi Phet. Similar scenario in the 10th: #8 Singing Kitty, #7 Velvet Mesquite.
Track (Win Mutuels $20+/Gettable)
Arlington (0/0) — Host Cubs beat Philalala, 6-2; Kris Bryant hit his 11th HR of the season for Chicago.
Assiniboia (1/0) — Manitoba residents bemoan surge of forest tent caterpillars.
Belmont (0/0) — Jankees invade Tampa Bay and win, 4-1; New York starter Masahiro Tanaka went 7 shutout innings to move to 3-0 on the season.
Belterra (4/3) — Race 5 had the publicly touted Catcruzin going gate-to-wire to win by 6¾ at $28.40; ’Cat had the field-best 89 on the LifeLiner Spread Column analysis, too, in a contentious race among the exerpienceds. Race 7 had a crucial raceday scratch — of a prohibitive-type ‘A’ top horse — that did not become known until after the public touting had been submitted; the result of that scratch led to Do I Do getting the best LifeLiner Speed Column analysis rating (94) in the suddenly evenly-matched field, and Do I Do rallied like the champion he should have been, winning by 1¾ at $68.80 up top. In Race 8, Strong Resolve could not be selected due to a low morning line (5-1), but he nonetheless had a fine 88 on the LifeLiner Speed Column analysis in a contentious race; he won by 1½ at $25-even. Good work.
Canterbury (2/1) — Foolhardy won Race 3 as a Dual Qualifier (89, 85) in a contentious field; he won by a clean half-length at $26.20. Good work.
Churchill (0/0) — 10-mo.-old accidentally locked in vehicle outside Broadbent Arena.
Chas. Town (1/0) — Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. seeking suspected shoplifters.
Emerald (0/0) — Mariners suffer 7-2 home loss to Minnesota; Seattle starter King Felix Hernandez gave up 6 ER in 6 IP, and his record on the season fell to 4-4.
Evangeline (3/0) — Opelousas police investigating suspicious death.
Golden Gate (1/0) — Visiting Giants lose to Colorado, 5-2; Joe Panik went 2-for-4 in the loss.
Gulf (2/1) — Publicly touted Bears Reflection took the seventh at $20.60; the race was contentious, and Old-School Champeens and Progressive-Minded Eggheads alike were going to be involved with the ’Bear, whose Fair Odds were 2½-1 and whose LifeLiner Speed Column analysis rating was a competitive 84. ’Bear won by 1½. Good work.
Hazel (1/0) — Tigers beat host Athletics, 4-1; Detroit starter Michael Fulmer pitched shutout baseball into the eighth inning in improving his record to 4-1 on the season.
Indiana (1/1) — Dual Qualifier Paddy Not Patty (98, 94) won a contentious Race 4 at $20.20; he had to rally, though, to prevail by a clean neck. Good work.
Los Alamitos (0/0) — Angels trounce visiting Houston, 7-2; Los Angeles’s Albert Pujols slugged a 2-run HR, the 570th of his career.
Louisiana (4/2) — The opener went to Dual Qualifier Triforce (86, 94), though the race itself was not contentious; but High-Octane Chancers were not going to let this one get past, and he won by 1¾ at $22.20. Neither was Race 5 contentious, but Shatorah had a fine 85 on the LifeLiner Spread Column, and she flanked the pace before winning by 1 at $25-straight. Good work.
Marquis (0/0) — Sparks, flames shoot from CN train in Saskatoon; mechanical failure blamed.
Northlands (0/0) — RCMP investigating fatal crash near Fairview.
PennNat (1/0) — Juvenile male shot in Harrisburg; injuries not considered life-threatening.
Pimlico (1/1) — Publicly touted Flint Hill upset Race 5 at $33.20; she had a sharp 90 on the LifeLiner Speed Column analysis, and she rallied like the champion she could have been to win by 1½. Good work.
Prairie (1/0) — Police identify body found in Des Moines River near the Southeast 14th St. Bridge.
Santa Anita (2/1) — No public tout available on She’s Memorable (6-1 on the morning line; too low), but she had a good-enough 81 on the LifeLiner Spread Column analysis in a contentious race. She ran in front for about 4 of the 6 furlongs en route to a 1¾-length win at $31.60. Good work.
Thistle (0/0) — Cavs close out Big-League Hoopball East Final in Toronto, 4 games to 2, with 113-87 romp; LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for 83 pts. for Cleveland.
Woodbine (1/0) — See Thistle commentary.
Los Alamitos 4½f
Keystone 6f, 1m
Santa Anita 6f, 6½f
Nocturnal Submission: Sifting through the wreckage…
Thank you. Best wishes. Goodbye. Eat safely.