Aug 102017


A field of Six Older New York Bred Fillies and Mares will enter the New York starting gate for the $1000,000 ESR Planet of the Ood Stakes.  The race will be run at Nine Furlongs over the Dirt Course.

“The message has gone out. That song resonated across the galaxies, everyone heard it. Everyone knows. The rockets are bringing them back. The Ood are coming home.”

SQUALL’S EDGE – the trotter1 trained 5-Year Old Bay Mare by The Cliff’s Edge out of a Summer Squall x Fappiano mare has compiled an impressive career record with 11 wins in 22 career starts and over $4440k in career earnings but has yet to register a stakes victory in her illustrious career; she has dominated the Local scene finishing off the board in only 2 of her 17 starts in New York Bred Races and has displayed her ability in open company when she ran a close up 4th in the G3 Route Sixty Six; with 15 consecutive triple digit speed figures, and 8 of her victories coming at 9-furlongs, expect this lady of storms to come up big here on Saturday…main threat

TWELVE HIGH – the first of two from the casino conglomerate, this a 6-Year Old Light Grey Mare by Noonmark out of an Indian Charlie x Pine Bluff mare; another that has feasted on the Local competition recording all 11 of her wins at the Local level while earning more than $500k in 28 career starts; handily beat SQUALL’S EDGE in the ESR Saratoga Do Stakes almost a year ago to the date but has recorded only one victory since that time; gets top billing here based on her Saratoga Do performance, but she will need to improve off her current form to defend her title…one to beat

MISS ALFALFA – ordinarily, prior to her last start, I would have written off this 4-Year Old Bay Filly by Alpha out of a Seeking the Gold mare as a sprinter and moved on to the next horse, BUT…in her last start, the casino trained NY Bred runs a career race, crushing an Open Company field by more than 4-lengths while posting an eye-popping, career best, 107-speed figure while traveling 9-furlongs for the first time in her career; Yikes…dangerous

DARK CONGREGATION – the 4-Year Old Chestnut Filly by Courageous Cat out of a Corinthian mare is the first of two from the deeprock racing stables; toss out those last two starts, where the Local bred was racing well over her head in Graded Stakes over the Turf Course, and you have a filly that can easily compete in the ESR feature; although only 1 for 11 going around two turns, that 1 win came in the Grecian Flight Stakes for NY Breds, add a 3rd place finish in the 8.5-furlong G3 Great Fiddle Sticks Handicap, and you haveenough of a repertoire to put this field on notice…might surprise

FIFTH AVE CADET – the cadet trained 5-Year Old Light Grey Mare by Bluegrass Cat out of the G1 winning mare FIFTH STREET(Silver Ghost) has been 14 times first or second in 21 career starts with stakes wins in the ESR Distaff and the ESR Bowerey; crushed a Hot Race field after a two month absence and is likely to face some pressure on the front end, but she is the fastest of the fast and should be poised in her second start off a layoff for a top effort at a level she has held dominance over since her first career start…one to catch

DARK BECK AND CALL –the 5-Year Old Bay Mare by Bluegrass Cat out of the stakes winning BECK AND CALL(Brahms) is the second of the deeprock entries; less of a threat then her entry mate, the NY Bred hasn’t won a race in more than a year and has yet to record a triple digit speed figure in any of her 24 career starts while remaining winless around two turns in 13 attempts; has some early foot, but would have to challenge a fast-early pace that is clearly more talented…not with these

Handicapping the Race

Although this is a very small field of New York Breds, it is wide open to a very talented group of older Fillies and Mares.  You have to respect MISS ALFALFA’s gate to wire romp in her last start, and there is no telling how good this filly might be, but she is sure to get a lot of pressure from the very savvy FIFTH AVE CADET who has just dominated ESR Rez races in the past.  DARK CONGREGATION has shown speed in the past going around two turns but any attempt to wrangle the lead could prove disastrous for her and would be more suited to settling behind the leaders hoping they come back to her.  TWELVE HIGH outran SQUALL’S EDGE to the wire in a similar scenario in the ESR Saratoga Do last year and reap all the benefits of a contested pace.

The Picks

FIFTH AVE CADET – she has feasted in ESR events

SQUALL’S EDGE – reverses the tables on TWELVE HIGH

MISS ALFALFA – might be this good

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