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Weekend Recap 5/31 - Brisnet.com Blog

With not much racing on tap until mid-week, we'll delve into the past weekend's races by offering our personal analysis with the help of the free Brisnet.com race charts.

CALDER

The track remained sloppy and was sealed throughout the day on Saturday. It was a chalk-lover's paradise as short priced horses, under $8.00, took down 9 of the 11 races. The track played fairly, despite the wet tracks.

The big upset of the day belonged to layoff horse Pizzi's Pride in the 9th, a starter allowance for $16,000 runners. This was an extremely difficult horse to come up with, despite the fact that his lone win came off a layoff here at Calder last year.

Two rare break downs marred Sunday's card which featured a drying-out track labled as "good."  The track again played fairly on this day. Maiden winner Three Point Ticket is a horse to watch (enter in your Stable Alert account) for next time. The four year old gelding survived an early three way duel to draw off, extending his margin at every call to score by 5 1/2 lengths.

A couple of runners who suffered troubled trips on the card include Master Tassel in race 2, and Five Card Monty in race 5. Watch the races via the Video Race Library at TwinSpires.com and determine for yourself if these are horses you may want to wager on next time!

ARLINGTON PARK

The most noticable bias came on the turf course. With the rail set out 36 feet, runners from off the pace took down all three races on Saturday. Three runners, two of which went off a fairly short odds, held clear leads dictating the pace but "spit the bit" turning for home. The closer's bias on the turf continued into Sunday, where again all three winners came from off the pace. Uno Pecador, race 11 on Saturday, and Crater Maker, race 10 on Sunday, were two speed horses that finished gamely against the bias and are worth noting next time out.

On the main Polytrack early speed held up much better in the sprint races at 6 furlongs or less. Overall the track played fairly on the main track with a mix of winners with various running styles.

CHURCHILL DOWNS

The courses were "fast" and "firm" on an absolutely gorgeous weekend in the Bluegrass State.

Early speed was awfully good over the sod with three of the five route races contested over the weekend being won by horses first or second at the early calls. Rocket Legs, race 4 on Saturday, suffered a troubled trip but finished well and is one to watch for next time out.

The main track played fairly over the weekend. However, with that said, a runner had to have some form of tactical speed in order to win.

In race 5 on Saturday, the connections of Biorra tried to "get away with one" by running the daughter of Smoke Glacken, out of the stakes winning mare Birr, in a $30,000 claimer in her debut. The two year old filly crushed the field to draw off by 4 lengths. Unfortunately for her connections, trainer Martin Rouck stepped in for the claim and haltered the impressive first time starter. Biorra only earned a 78 BRIS Speed Rating for the win, but the young filly also ran a high 95 BRIS Pace Rating and earned a very strong 115 BRIS Class Rating. She has a chance to pay dividends for her new barn.

Hightap and Bold Start were both very impressive winners of the stakes carded on Saturday, with each drawing off to win convincingly.

-- Rich Nilsen (6.01.09)

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