AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – 4/16/19

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Keeneland

SUENO – (4/31/19, Race 9 at KEE, Lexington Stakes) – continues to get less-than-ideal rides from Corey Lanerie. He had this colt in traffic on the backstretch and then went very wide turning for home in the Lexington Stakes. Finished willingly in a sneaky good 3rd place effort. Keith Desormeaux charge may benefit from a new rider.

Tampa Bay Downs

JOSIE’S RIDDLE (4/12/19, Race 7 at TAM) – 4yo Ontario-bred gelding was making first start off the claim for John Rigattieri and handled the rise in class without any trouble.  Honest runner is in razor sharp form for new outfit.  Handles dirt, turf or all-weather.

ZACAPA RUN (4/12/19, Race 8 at TAM) – This 3yo loves the grass and has picked up a major check in all four attempts.  Gray gelding finished well for second but had no chance behind the lone speed winner ridden by Antonio Gallardo.  Very tough at the 2-life claiming level on the grass.

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – 3/28/19

2019 Pegasus World Cup

SEEKING THE SOUL (GP, 1/26/19, Pegasus Cup) – trainer Dallas Stewart is a master at getting horses to run their best in the biggest races in the world and he does so while somewhat under the radar.  He had another live longshot in Seeking The Soul, a horse I downgraded after the track came up a wet mess at Gulfstream for the 2019 Pegasus World Cup.  However, that didn’t stop the veteran runner from firing a big shot as so often the Stewart runners do.  Watch Seeking The Soul (saddle cloth #4) makes an inside move at the 5/8th pole before running into traffic, getting stopped briefly, and losing momentum.  He re-rallies quickly and then continues with a long sustained run to be a clear 2nd to City of Light.  Impressive effort with a sneaky troubled trip.

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – January 8, 2019

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AQUEDUCT

DUBLINTHEPLEASURE (Race 6 @AQU 1/4/18) – New York bred rebounded off a poor race and finished well to just miss defeating former stakes winner Outplay, who was dropping sharply in class for new barn.  Spotted weight to that rival in a really good effort at this $16,000 claiming level.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

MANCORA (Race 5 @TAM, 1/2/19) – this hopeless longshot finished strongly and hit the wire looking like a solid 2-1 favorite in this maiden $16,000 claimer.  However, in the process the Ice Box filly cut off another runner at the top of the lane and was subsequently DQ’d.  Given the level of this class, don’t know if this one can repeat this ‘winning’ maiden performance or not, but she was best in this field.

TURFWAY PARK

VALKYRIE (Race 7 @TP, 1/3/19) – first time starter took a commanding lead in the stretch over the two betting choices and was very green in the lane.  She waited on her competition as the odds-on choice battled and took the lead nearing the wire.  Awesome Again filly then came again late under Luan Machado to garner a better-than-it-looks victory.  Has talent.

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – Dec. 23, 2018

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AQUEDUCT

AMERICAN MANDATE (Race 5 @AQU, 12/15/18) – Steve Asmussen runner had the worst of it as he dueled throughout and then had to try to hold off the late runner of a fresh closer, who was coming  off a strong debut effort. Settled for second in an even-better-than-it looks performance.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

WILD SCAT BLUE (Race 3 @TAM, 12/8/18) – this son of Scat Daddy dueled throughout in this race and then gave way to a sharp 3yo that had shipped in from Southern California for trainer Eion Harty.  Should be awfully tough back in at this same claiming level next time out at Tampa.

AGOS Horses to Watch and Trip Notes – December 5, 2018

DEL MAR

EXCELLENT SUNSET (Race 7 @DMR, 11/9/18) – well, the three blind mice in the California stewards stands did it again, disqualifying this filly who was best in this feature event at Del Mar.  Her drifting was minor and did not affect the outcome, by any stretch of the imagination. This hard knocking, honest 4yo filly will be tough next time out.

LAUREL PARK

MAJESTIC WON (Race 5 @LRL, 11/29/18) – this favorite was loaded for bear turning for home but was stuck inside and had to steady on the far turn.  Then had to wait for room and swing out into the middle of the stretch, while just missing the leader who had gotten the jump on her turning for home.  With any better luck, she would have won for Englehart.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

SHE READS MY TEXTS (Race 4 @TAM, 11/24/18) – Ran a game race on opening day at Tampa Bay Downs.  Dana Kobiske runner faced pressure from two different horses at different stages of the race but never gave up en route to a good 2nd place finish.  Tough at the $5,000 level.

AGOS Horses to Watch and Trip Notes – November 25, 2018

Your “Black Friday” horses to watch from AGOS.

LAUREL PARK

INVIGOROUS (Race 8 @LRL, 11/16/18) – this was a deep and contentious field of good juvenile runners at Laurel Park, but this son of Congrats made easy work, drawing off to an impressive score.  Under-the-radar trainer Miguel Vera appears to have a talented colt that could go through his conditions this winter.

BACCARAT FASHION (Race 7 @LRL, 11/16/18) – This 3yo daughter of the speedy sire Old Fashioned lost all chance when she was steadied hard on the backstretch.  Toss this performance and get better odds next time out.  Fits at the 1x level where she can get the lead early.

GULFSTREAM PARK WEST

GRAN SAMAN (Race 7 @GP, 11/16/18) – Owner/Trainer Steve Klesaris had this 4yo in a good spot going 5 furlongs on the grass in Florida, but a wide trip in this short race cost the son of Candy Ride.  Won previous start with Samy Camacho up, but this wasn’t one of Camacho’s smartest rides.

AGOS Horses to Watch and Trip Notes – November 9, 2018

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Belmont Park

HAIL – (race 7 @BEL 10/17/18) – 3yo Tapit filly who is a half to graded stakes winner Closed Hatches chased the wire to wire winner late after twaddling early fractions. Great comeback with Dylan Davis aboard. Eligible for 1x allowance company.

Churchill Downs

HELLO HOLIDAY (Race 6 @CD, 11/7/18) – Had run 10 of 12 career races on the turf, but was back on the dirt here for Lauer barn.  Got steadied hard on the far turn and nearly went down.  Recovered to race inside turning for home, altered course and then finished well for second.  Sneaky great effort for son of Harlan’s Holiday.

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – 10/18/18

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Belmont Park

HONEY I’M GOOD (Race 2 @BEL 10/5/18) – first time starter took money and ran a hole in the wind.  She showed good early speed and drew off down the lane.  Ears pricked late as she was geared down near the wire.

GULFSTREAM PARK

PEGGITY (Race 9 at GP, 9/28/18) – Terri Pompay turf runner was well spotted in this two-life $10,000 claimer.  She was making a nice run at the top of the stretch when she got completely cut off, losing all chance for the win.  Daughter of Bullet Train can rebound in similar spot.

CONISTON (Race 7 at GP, 9/28/18) – 3yo gelding has shown a lot of heart in his turf attempts and this was solid 2nd place finish at the conditioned $16,000 life level.   May have needed race off short break, as well.

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – 10/4/18

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BELMONT PARK

KEPT TRUE (Race 9 @BEL 10/4/18) – First time starter by Yes It’s True was full of run and just waiting for run when she took over in mid-stretch and scored an easier-than-it-looks victory.  She’s out of a stakes placed mare and is bred to be a nice sprinter.

STRIVE FOR A CURE (Race 5 @BEL 9/19/18) – This was quite the put over by top MidAtlantic trainer Dale Capuano, who brought this 2yo son of Goldencents up from Laurel to upset a pretty good maiden field at odds of 10-1.  Ridden by bug boy Weston Hamilton, he made a long sustained run on the inside to catch the favorite in mid stretch and then outduel that one to the wire.

SUNNY RIDGE  (race 8 @BEL, 9/22/18) – Holy Bull gelding made a wide sweeping run against the early speed bias and finished a game 2nd to the logical, gate to wire winner. Jason Servis runner is very honest.

SARATOGA

OPRY (Race 9 @SAR 8/29/18) – This winner of the featured With Anticipation Stakes unleashed an eye-catching late run to get up and draw off at the wire. Son of Declaration Of War, who is by War Front, just missed in debut which was taken off the turf. That race was won by Cairo Cat.  2nd stakes winner out of that maiden affair on Aug. 11th.

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – Sept. 18, 2018

Kentucky Downs

PAPER CLIP – (Race 4 @KYD, 9/13/18) – 2nd time starter was the speed of the field and she broke on top. But then JR took back and had her in a bad spot racing on the inside over the up-and-down Kentucky Downs turf course. Appeared she might be done when she re-rallied and just missed getting 2nd. Ward filly will be tough with a better ride next time out.

 

Saratoga

KITTY’S LEGACY (Race 4 @SAR 8/16/18) – Freud juvenile filly broke 1 1/2 lengths slow but finished full of run to be a fast closing second behind the winning favorite.  She’s a half to 3 winners on the grass including a stakes winner.

TRUE GOLD (Race 7 @SAR 8/30/18) – this 2yo son of solid NY stallion Frost Giant closed well under Joel Rosario to claim the place spot behind a well meant winner.  Charlton Baker runner showed a lot of talent in debut and shouldn’t be a maiden much longer.