This week's Turk handicapping adventures are as follows:
At Belmont, Race 9, the 1 1/16 turf G3 Athenia Handicap. The ML chalk at 6-5 is Criminologist, coming off a G3 1 mile turf race win at Belmont on the 13th of September.
At Keeneland, we will take a look at Race 7 and Race 9. Race 7 , the approximately 7f dirt G3 Perryville. Robby Albarado is up on the ML chalk, the 5-2 I'm so Lucky, coming off a third place run in the G1 King's Bishop at Saratoga on Travers Day. 2 Bullet breezes and a brisk 6f work since have the 3yo ready to roll.
Race 9 at KEE is the 1 1/8 dirt G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Alan Garcia is in town and is up on Ariege, the 3-1 ML chalk. Ariege finished third in the G1 Garden City at BEL on 6 September, and she has breezed easily three times since. I get a bit misty eyed anytime a Calumet Farm horse enters the gate favored.
And the forth Turk "special" is from the Oak Tree a Santa Anita, Race 8, the G3 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap, 1 mile on the faux-dirt. The ML chalk is Tasha's Miracle, drilled at regular 5 and 6f at SA since early September. The filly strung three low 90 Beyer's together in 2 G2's and a G3, but hasn't won since August 8th, 2007.
The Turk makes no bones about it this weekend, I'm looking forward to seeing Casino Drive race on Sunday. Casino Drive will start in an optional claimer at Santa Anita on Sunday. Casino Drive, a half-brother to Belmont Stakes winners and Turk favorites Rags to Riches and Jazil, has not raced since winning the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on May 10.
The Peter Pan Stakes 2008
And Casino Drive in Japan demolishing his maiden