The Spa Spot: Day 37 wrap
My Happy Face and Ramon Dominguez all alone. (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)
For at least two reasons - Teen Pauline and My Happy Face - there's a pretty good chance that the fifth on July 25 will be remembered as a key race.
- Teen Pauline won the five-furlong maiden race for fillies in a track record time of :56.53 seconds. That time could stand for a while and we will see if Teen Pauline can handle the next step up when she run in stakes company this weekend.
- My Happy Face, who finished 4 3/4 lengths behind Teen Pauline's track record after acting up in the gate, stepped out on her own Friday with a 21 1/4-length victory in the first race. It was a smashing performance.
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez said he and his staff spent a lot of time schooling My Happy Face in the gate to prevent a repeat performance of her shenanigans.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work in the morning,” Rodriguez said. “It looks like it paid off. She’s acted up in the gate before, but she’s been behaving the last couple of times we schooled her, so when she broke on top I said, ‘That’s it.’”
My Happy Face grabbed a quick three-length lead, responded when the other four runners started to get closer at the half-mile pole and kept opening up more and more daylight under Ramon Dominguez.
- Mildly Offensive trained by Todd Pletcher won the $100,000 Big Bambu, ending Kid Kate's unbeaten streak at Saratoga at four races.
- Uncle Southern showed some real grit with her victory in the sixth, a maiden race for 2-year-old New York-breds on the grass. The filly trained by Linda Rice, running in a field with six males and one other female, broke very sharply and led by 1 1/2 lengths. She was headed in the stretch by Goodtolook, but battled on to win by a neck and paid $39.80.
- The on-track attendance for the twilight program was down six percent to 14,951. The on-track handle was off seven percent and the total handle was down one percent to $12,951,519./BULLET>
- Ramon Dominguez rode two more winners to push his meet-leading total to 59