Woodbine Mile Weekend RECAP! – Super Screener
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Woodbine Mile Weekend RECAP!

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Singspiel (G3)

We kicked off the day with the Super Screener’s lone Top Long Shot pick, #8 Count Again, getting the job done in come from behind fashion. Despite the rather sluggish pace, all speed collapsed as the four that were forwardly placed were the last four finishers. Here’s why the Super Screener identified Count Again as the Top Long Shot play:

Woodbine Mile (G1)

This time the pace came up super hot and, as a result, our top long shot pick, Admiralty Pier, who set the furious pace, tossed the bit and ended up 6th. I don’t know what Luis Contreras was trying to do by using the closer, Value Proposition, as a presser chasing Admiralty Pier through those hot fractions, but that obviously was not the approach to take in this race as that one finished dead last.

War of Will ran a decent 3rd but the horse-for-course, Starship Jubilee, prevailed on the day leveraging that great stalking position behind the speed and getting first jump on the closers. Starship Jubilee is just one of a handful of horses that the Super Screener just can’t get a bead on. When that one runs well, the Super Screener doesn’t have her rated highly.  When she loses, she is a top ranked horse. Regardless, this was won on the square and we’ll see her next in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

LA Cup Distaff

The only reason I selected this race was because of the huge pace advantage #11 Marywood (20-1) would have here. She scratched and that made this race very uninteresting as all the top finishers were logical and short priced. The fact that Is Too went wire to wire here validated that this race was all about the pace and Marywood had so much more early speed and late race stamina than Is Too. In the end, it was a very chalky affair.

LA Cup F&M Sprint

#5 Snowball was a very logical play here and the top board hitter candidate in the race. When #11 Sukerforagrey (30-1) scratched, that left #14 Miss Pat’s Girl as the lone Super Screener Top Long shot play going off at juicy odds of 33-1. Our Top Win pick, Quikfast N Ahurry completely blew the break and ended up last of 13 well detached from the rest of the field. She just had too much to do as a result but she did close well late to finish mid-pack. For those of you who worked Snowball into the win and place spot along with Quikfast N Ahurry while then using the lone long shot, Miss Pat’s Girl in 3rd and 4th, you were rewarded handsomely as the $1 Superfecta paid a whopping $3,638.

LA Cup Turf Classic

The Super Screener Top Win pick, Budro Talking, easily disposed of this field coming from well off the pace and on the outside which has been the place to be on this dirt surface. The 2nd place finisher, Nippy Red went off at startling odds of nearly 60-1.  Here’s what the Super Screener had to say about this horse:

#3 Nippy Red – OFF PACE – That progression into a lifetime top last out needs to be respected. Can he now carry that top form in that last race over to turf when he has had limited success on that surface? Going to have to include under at a big price.

The rest were all logical players and our other Top Long Shot pick, Mageez, missed the bottom of the Superfecta by a half length at odds of 20-1.

LA Cup Sprint

This race got hit hard with scratches but there were no excuses for the Super Screener Top Picks in this race as they all finished off the board. 

Next weekend it is all about Santa Anita. With the delayed start due to the smoke from nearby fires plaguing the area this past weekend, this coming weekend is double loaded with stakes action. Count ‘em, 10 graded stakes races including 7 Breeders’ Cup “win and you’re in” affairs. In addition, Belmont Park features the Vosburgh Stakes (G2) which is a key prep for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.  Tons of stakes racing action this coming weekend followed by the Preakness Stakes a week later.  It doesn’t get any better than this! 

Until this weekend, Go Fast and Win!

Mike