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The only tracks in America running races on a Tuesday are:

  • Beulah
  • Mountaineer
  • Penn National
  • Philadelphia Park
  • Turf Paradise
  • Zia Park

Only three more weeks until Gulfstream Park opens (January 3rd).

Some thoughts on today's racing:

  • A two-year old filly, Blasted, won the fourth race at Philadelphia Park in a Maiden Special Weight race at a mile and 40 yards. TVG commentator Rich Perloff noted, and I would tend to agree, that this grey filly might be something to keep an eye on going forward for several reasons. First, she was able to stalk and get to the early speed after some brutally slow early fractions (50.66 for the half and a snail-like 1:16.50 for the three-quarters). Second, she's got an outstanding pedigree – sired by Dynaformer out of a Sky Classic mare. Third, she was stretched out in this her second start, to which she responded by running a very solid race – it's always nice to see horses improve when asked to cover more distance for the first time. And finally, she's conditioned by trainer Graham Motion, a trainer that will know how to place her if she's got any talent whatsoever. You gotta believe that with her pedigree and connections that we'll see Blasted on the turf before too long. Perhaps when the turf course opens back up at Aqueduct?
  • Live racing was cancelled today at the TuP due to the heavy rainfall in the Phoenix area (sounds like there have been some power outages due to the storms). So...while it's pouring down rain in Phoenix we get a frosty 20 degrees here in Seattle. I'd seriously take some rain right now as the cold sucks.
  • There will be a decent little $114,724 Pick Six carryover at Hollywood Park on Wednesday. Another day without a winning ticket could set-up a large carryover towards the weekend. The sequence for Wednesday concludes with an always fun $25,000 Maiden Claimer for three-year olds and up with a full field of twelve horses (eight of which are entered for the $22,500 tag). Lovely!