AGOS Horses to Watch – Dec. 21, 2016

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“Off the Charts” Trip Notes and Horses to Watch

Aqueduct

12/3/16

Race 1 – Schott – 7f on the dirt

He was bumped soundly at the break by the eventual winner, and got pinched back shortly after. Most would toss this race and look for his next.  He made a stout challenge late in the lane to finish 4th at a handsome price for the John Kimmel barn.

Race 3 – Sweetpollypurebrd – 6f dirt

She broke inward shortly after the start and was bumped around a bit. Rudy Rodriguez will have this filly more focused next time out, as she was gently coaxed to make a solid bid for second leaving plenty in the tank for her next outing.

Race 6 – Will Did It – 6 1/2 f dirt

Alan Garcia’s mount was bumped leaving the gate and was forced to swing seven wide. His charge was gaining strongly and finished a solid second on this day. Trainer David Jacobson will have him ready to fire next up.

Race8 –Bar of Gold – 1 mile dirt

Joel Rosario was in the irons for John Kimmel and their runner was making her first start since October 22nd. Filly finished an honest 4th as the beaten favorite, and we’ll use this effort as a scouting mission for bigger and better races down the road.

Churchill Downs

11/19/16

Race 4 – Colony Crossing – 6f dirt

Corey Lanerie in the irons and his filly was off slow from the break and finished up with good energy, running a very game second this day.

Race 8 – Papa Zulu – 1 1/16 dirt

Shaun Bridgmohan in the irons for Buff Bradley and the colt stalked nicely and was making a stout late move where he was forced to check sharply and altering course.

Fair Grounds

12/3/16

Race 2 – Sky Flower – 6f dirt

She was shipping in from Ellis Park and was the odds-on chalk this day. She was in perfect stalking mode under James Graham and angled out late to be a bridesmaid this day. I think she’ll benefit from this race over the track and reward her backers next out.

Race 3 – Tizahandful – 5 1/2f on the turf

Filly from the Neil Pessin barn was making her first start since Keeneland. She was tossing her head about and bumped soundly leaving the starting gate.  Carlos Marquez tried to get her back on track as she finished strong but ran out of real estate finishing 5th.

Race #5 – Full Tap – 5 1/2 f turf

Mike Stidham trainee jumped right to the front after a bumping match with the starting gate.  Jockey Mitchell Murrill tried to steady her course, but she came up a bit leg weary down the lane.  She’ll show much better with a cleaner trip.

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