The Nominations are in, November 9th, 2008:
The Turk is looking at three different tracks today, and from each I choose a seemingly ho-hum race to try and gleen handicapping gold from the PP.
Without further gum flapping....
HOL Race 1: 1 1/16 Maiden Special Weight, for Maiden Fillies 2 YO, on HOL version of Faux Dirt.
The ML chalk is at 8-5, an O'Neill trained, Garett Gomez ridden horse last seen in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies, Black Magic Mama. This girl has lost two G1's in a row and now just looks to punch her maiden box. I think heavy money will flow to her, and that should open up some possibilities.
At 2-1 is a Cerin trained, Bejarano ridden filly named Vikkilee, in the 5 spot. If the horse falls >4-1, it will interest me, as will Box Office Queen will if she slips to >6-1. This will be a post time decision.
Race 5 at WO is a 7f Maiden Special Weight , for 2YO.
ML chalk is 5-2 Air Strike, unraced and on lasik today. The horse has worked regularly at WO and has two nice works in a row.
At ML 8-1 from the 10 Spot is Smart Selection, a Reade Baker trainee, again unraced and again trying lasik for the first time. His 5f works are OK.
At ML 6-1 is Red Wine, a Steve Asmussen trainee. With two races under this Distorted Humor's belt, and a $500,000 price tag, expectations are high.
And the Race 9 at CD, the 1 1/16 Turf Race, GIII, The Commonwealth Turf. for 3YO's.
ML chalk is Seaspeak, coming off a 96 Beyer, 1 Mile Turf race at KEE on October 12th.
At 20-1 is a 97 Beyer, 1 1/4 dirt winner Allsarott.
Turk's going to go to Church, meditate on the PP's, and make some selections. I'll reconvene with the Race Charts later today.