Joe Bianchino is a producer with 104.5 The Team. He grew up in the Capital Region and is an avid fan of all sports, including hockey, baseball, football, soccer and horse racing. He is a die-hard Giants, Yankees and Rangers fan.
"A change will do you good," Sheryl Crow once said. And for one Kentucky bred, the country singer could not be more right.
With blinkers on for the first time in his career, Wicked Strong kicked away from the rest on Saturday to win the Jim Dandy - rejecting a bid from Christophe Clement's favored, Belmont winning Tonalist in the process
If the summer at Saratoga is an ever-building crescendo toward late August's Travers Stakes, the Jim Dandy - the prep race for the Mid Summer Derby - is the first noticeable dynamic change.
This year the Grade II, mile and an eighth route around the main track is headlined by Cristophe Clement's Tonalist - a winner of three of his four races this year and fresh off a dream-ending score in what was expected to be the Belmont Stakes of California Chrome's coronation.
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