“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – July 31, 2015

Arlington Park

Daddy’s Pleasure (Arlington Park – Race#9 – 7/26/15 – #1) Eddie Perez is usually a good rider in Chi-town,  but on this day he turned a performance that looked like a triple bug rider on his first time out. – Well, that may not be fair as many young riders come ready to win, and Mr. Perez must have been thinking of going fishing. – During the race he awaited room at least a dozen times coming fresh off the claim, and going from synthetic back to his preferred surface of the lush greensward.  He was boxed in, pocketed up and at one time look to break free to launch a bid, but that was just a teaser. Play this one right back, and if they step up in class or have a rider change, double your bet and go to the cashier.


Saratoga Race Course

Here Comes Rosie (Saratoga – Race #2 – 7/24/15 – #6) Manuel Franco was aboard this New York-bred filly and this was far from a clean trip. She was 3rd into the turn and was bumped soundly by the winner. She rebounded nicely, and battled gamely to the wire. – If you’re a fan of a gutsy effort, this is one you should hammer right back.

Power Nap (Saratoga – Race #3 – 7/26/15 – #2) My handicapping antenna goes up when a runner is heavily backed at the windows and turns in a head scratcher. Javier Castellano knows his way around the New York ovals, and you’ll have your work cut out looking for a bad move. He was a victim of stumbling out of the gate with his snout getting a taste of the dirt surface. – He just never fully recovered and trainer Mike Maker does very well next out with runners who have a legit excuse. He finds the problem if any, and has it corrected quickly. I think if all systems are go, you’ll see a freshened runner. Be sure to keep an eye peeled for the work tab. If you see one or two works, bet early and bet often.

Tweet Kitten (Saratoga – Race #9 – 7/26/15 – #8) Javier Castellano in the irons again, and this time he was sitting on a winner and dealt out dawdling fractions to seal the deal. He had control of the race until the rail turned into the hedge, and his mount “propped” a bit and seem to shy away from the greenery. – This may be master of the obvious play of the day, but you can look for a well controlled runner next out who probably will have instructions to steer clear of the hedge. – I can’t complain as I had the winner who closed into a 1:16.25 3/4 time, and still got up to win in the shadow of the wire. I enjoy a casher, but the real winner should have hung on as he put the field to sleep with slow fractions. – Bet back with confidence.


American Pharoah Primed for Haskell Stakes

American Pharoah worked a half mile in :48.80 seconds Tuesday morning at Del Mar in the Triple Crown winner’s final serious exercise for Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Del Mar’s clockers timed American … [Continue reading]

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – July 28, 2015

Horses to watch are never automatic bet backs.  Always analyze the horse's chances against today's competition and race set up. Arlington Park Big Tom Prado (Arlington Park - Race #3 - 7-18-15 - #6) - He was in tight at the break, and took up … [Continue reading]

2015 Prince of Wales’ Analysis

 The United States had a Triple Crown winner this year when the regally-named American Pharoah became the first horse to sweep the series in 37 years. Canada’s Triple Crown drought has not been as long. Wando won it in 2003, but that was before … [Continue reading]

Claimer of the Week: Showbiz shines in Chicago

Showbiz is My Biz got the lead shortly after the start, expanded his lead and held on to win the first race at Arlington Park last Friday by a couple of lengths and record his eighth career victory. For that winning effort Showbiz is My Biz has been … [Continue reading]

Canterbury Park Drug Case Raises Eyebrows

 Kellyn Gorder is a well-regarded thoroughbred trainer. Bourbon Warfare won a maiden race for him at Churchill Downs on Nov. 22, 2014. The horse was drug tested and came back for a trace of methamphetamine. "Trace" should be taken literally. A … [Continue reading]

147th Saratoga Meet Kicks Off Friday

Saratoga canopy walk through

from the NYRA Press Department The 147th summer of thoroughbred racing at historic Saratoga Race Course gets under way on Friday with a 10-race card that includes the first two of 69 stakes worth a record $18.7 million during the 40-day … [Continue reading]

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – July 21, 2015

Arlington Park Big Tom Prado (Race #3 - 7-18-15 - #6) He was in tight at the break, and took up just a bit to make matters worse. Once he guided to the inside, he saved ground under a wrapped up even effort fourth. If there is a cleaner start, I … [Continue reading]

Claimer of the Week from Del Mar

Olympic Blue broke from an outside post, contested the lead after the opening quarter mile, took command at the top of the stretch and hung on to win the first race on opening day of the Del Mar meet. It was the ninth career victory for Olympic Blue, … [Continue reading]

Gural Looking to Put NJ’s Racing & Gambling Industries Back On Track

 Jeffrey R. Gural Name: Jeffrey R. Gural Age: 73 Family: Married for 50 years, he has three children and six grandchildren. All of his family remains in the metro area, except for a granddaughter attending college in South Carolina. Home is … [Continue reading]