AGOS Horses to Watch – March 23, 2016

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes

The Kentucky Derby is only 47 days away.   I can feel the energy in the air. The roses, the atmosphere, and the red- hot betting action that may be some of the best all year long.   But just hold your horses and don’t get ahead of yourself. After we’re done tearing up our basketball brackets, we need to realize there is plenty of incredible Thoroughbred action coming our way. So sit back, enjoy, and keep your eyes peeled for these ponies the next time they hit the track.

Gulfstream Park

Real Sugar (GP Race #9 – 3/20/16 – #9 – 5 1/2 on the dirt) – Jeffrey Sanchez was the pilot and is known for being a solid gate rider. His mount was bumped solidly leaving the starting gate and still opened up a 2 1/2 length lead going 22.2. – He established a clear margin and ended up a little leg weary at the end. In short sprints the gate break is ultra-important, and  his ability to stay focused and still open up is promising. – If he comes out without problems, I wonder what he would have done in the race ? – I  think we’re going to find out next time at a solid price.

She’s Dynamite (GP Race #5 – 3/16/16 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf) –  Led all the way around and sped up at the 3/4 to go 1:11.3 only to be bested in the shadow of the wire. She was making her second lifetime start on the stretch-out in distance, and catch her if you can next out. – Play close attention to how far she is going and unleash the bankroll from there.

Cape Carol (GP Race #6 – 3/16/16 – #4 – 1 1/16 on the turf) – Jockey Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle for Buff Bradley. This daughter of Cape Blanco was at the back of the pack and stayed glued right to the rail all the way around. She began to thread the needle at the 1/4 pole and looked like a winner. – The weaving in and out of traffic may have caused her to be a bridesmaid as the winner went right on past with a clean 3 wide move. – She’ll be looking for payback next out with a cleaner trip.

Oaklawn Park

Wolf Man Rocket (OP Race #6 – 3/19/16 – #6 – 1 1/16 on the dirt) –  Calvin Borel was aboard this beaten favorite who was in very tight at the start of the race. He had to go five wide on the second turn to get back into his best stride, and finished up gamely to get minor awards. Borel is not known for circling the field, and the mishap at the gate break was not the best beginning. – Love the “beaten chalk” angle next time back, and who knows, maybe we’ll get a much better price.

Santa Anita

Twirling Tiger (SA Race #1 – 3/17/16 – #6 – One mile on the turf) –  Santiago Gonzalez was in the irons and his mount was bottled up and headstrong down the backstretch. He was forced to wait behind a wall of runners and when the 1/4 arrived was forced to go three wide to find running room. – The trip was not the smoothest ride, but his late acceleration was very promising considering all of the factors.

 

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Rich Nilsen is an 18-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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