Belmont Jumps 1: No Teodoro, but solid race

The matchup everyone wanted will have to wait.

At Saratoga Race Course in August, Teodoro and Snap Decision won allowance hurdle races by 33 3/4 and 38 1/2 lengths respectively and were supposed to be in the same race Wednesday at Belmont Park. Alas, the steeplechase version of a science experiment (A+B=C) won’t happen as Teodoro will be scratched from the eight-horse field with a tendon injury. The $75,000 William Entenmann Memorial goes as scheduled and Wednesday’s first race (post time 3 p.m.) is still a fascinating tussle even if it’s a little like an old-school wrestling battle royal with Jimmy “Super Fly” Snuka but without Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

Life Preserver

Jimmy Jerkens threw his hands in the air in the first quarter-mile of the Whitney. Jerkens threw his hands in the air with a quarter-mile to run in the Woodward.

No Doubt

John Kimmel leaned forward in his seat in the front row of clubhouse boxes at Saratoga Race Course, eager to watch Crystalle run in Thursday’s $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes.

Wednesday’s Saratoga picks – Aug. 28

Time flies. Wow, where did the summer go? The final week of the Saratoga Race Course meeting gets underway Wednesday – the lone six-day racing week of the season with the action stretching through Labor Day – and a 10- race card to dissect.

Sunday at Saratoga: Patience pays

Although he maintains a tight grip on the trainer’s standings, there are some things Chad Brown can’t control. Racing luck is one of them. He could only look on from his box in the clubhouse Sunday afternoon as Front Run The Fed got into trouble nearing the first turn in the $100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes.

Your Honor

Shug McGaughey walked straight to his pole, the one that offers a view and an escape. Second row, back right corner of the finish-line box, on the edge of the steps. Will Farish and his family settled into the first row boxes. Alison McGaughey stood in a third-row box over her husband’s right shoulder. The Fox TV crew, holding cameras and microphones, wedged into gaps, fans with beers and wine glasses filled in the steps, a waiter ran a ticket for a lunch order.