October 26, 2020

The Pony Conductor

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Wind Pipe Whack Wednesday: The Conductor’s Plays at Saratoga and Del Mar

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Off the turf today like the Conductor expected. Here are the Conductor’s changes after scratches.

Saratoga

Race 1: Cancelled

Race 2: 1 1/8 Mile. F.OC 25000n1x

#1 South of the Shore (8/5) – 2nd behind Dunbar Road who came back to win the Alabama on Saturday. 8/5 in a 5-horse field would not be a bad price.

Race 3: 5 ½ Furlongs. MC 75000

#4 Rejected Again (2/1) – He’s most likely, the Conductor doesn’t have a strong opinion in here.

Race 4: 1 5/8 Mile. (OFF Turf) John Call Stakes 100k

#1 Highland Sky (5/2) – His last 7 races have been against G1 or G2 company. He’s facing a very weak field now that its on the dirt and the Conductor will bet his class will translate over.

Race 5: 5 ½ Furlongs. F.S.Mdn 78k

#2 Sophie Rules (9/2) – This filly is working well and the Jose Ortiz/Englehart jockey/trainer combo have been red hot this meet.

Race 6: 1 1/16 Mile. (OFF Turf) Mdn 75k

#2 Justintimeforwine (15/1) – The Conductor still likes this boy to hit the board at a huge number. She was favorited sprinting on dirt at Saratoga two starts back, which tells the Conductor she has more talent than she’s shown.

Race 7: 7 Furlongs. Clm 20000n3L

*Gullet Shot of the Day #2 Autostrade (6/1) – Switching back to dirt and cutting back to a sprint, he made an early move into a hot pace last time. The Conductor loves him here.

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Race 8: 5 ½ Furlongs. (OFF Turf) F.Clm 50000b

#8 Morisette (8/1) – Dropping back to the claiming ranks today, she was favored against much tougher last time and had trouble at the break. With a clean break, she’ll have every chance. She won her lone start on a sloppy track, so the Conductor will still ride with her.

Race 9: 6 Furlongs. S.Alw 80000n1x

#3 Our Last Buck (8/1) – Switching back to dirt and dropping out of open company, his race two back at Aqueduct would be tough for this field to beat. 2nd off the layoff, he’ll be ready to roll.

Race 10: 5 ½ Furlongs. (OFF Turf) F.Clm 40000n2L

#6 Zandora (5/1) – 1st off the claim, the Conductor is sticking to his guns again. Dirt or turf, her early pace figures give her an edge.

Del Mar

Race 1: 1 Mile. (Turf) S.Mdn 61k

#10 Bayonce (6/1) – The Conductor liked him in his debut and he took money at the windows. Stretching out on turf for the first time, the Conductor still thinks he has talent and he’ll be a nice price.

Race 2: 1 Mile. F.Clm 25000n3L

#4 Atina (3/1) – She’s steadily progressing and her last performance will be tough for this group to beat.

Race 3: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) F.Mdn 61k

#1 Secret Square (4/1) – Switching to turf for strong connections, she was well bet in her debut on dirt. None of the 1st time starters in here look playable to the Conductor.

Race 4: 1 Mile. Mdn 61k

#2 Still in the Game (5/1) – Switching back to dirt, his race two back will give him every chance.

Race 5: 1 Mile. (Turf) Clm 32000n1y

#4 Mauraud Khan (5/2) – Shipping in from Churchill an making his first start for trainer Leonard Powell, he’s a cut above these California turf horses.

Race 6: 1 Mile. Harry F. Brubaker Stakes

#5 Line Judge (7/2) – Dropping out of Grade 1 company where he didn’t embarrass himself, he gets back to his favorite distance today. He looks to get a perfect trip stalking a hot pace.

Race 7: 5 Furlongs. (Turf) OC 80000n1x

*Never a Doubt Humpday Best Bet #4 Hartel (4/1) – This girl took a step forward last start and ran her best last year sprinting on this turf course. Prat taking the mount is a great sign.

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Race 8: 6 Furlongs. Mdn 100k

#1 Railsplitter (7/2) – Cutting back to a sprint and switching back to a sprint, he was favored last start and ran well pressing a hot pace. Only 125k at auction, this spot looks perfect for him.

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