AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – March 31

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GULFSTREAM PARK

PROJECTED (Race 3, GP 3/18/2020) – Veteran 8yo gelding was boxed in throughout the running of this turf race and never really had a chance under Tyler Gaff.  Fits well at the $30,000 claimer level so give another chance next out vs. similar.

JUNGLE WARRIOR (Race 6, GP 3/18/2020) – This Sid Attard runner went to his nose badly at the start of this dirt sprint but somehow managed to recover and get up for third is a sneaky great performance.  Note that lone win is on turf.   He had been working really well on dirt leading up to his first start in 3 months.

MISS AURAMET (Race 9 @GP, 3/6/2020) – This race was loaded with early speed but this turf sprinter outran them all early en route to a gate to wire victory.  She’s now 8-3-2-2 on the turf, all in 5 furlong dashes.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

ROMAN EMPIRE (Race 5, GP 2/28/2020) – Empire Maker colt moved to the dirt for his second career start and looked like he may have a nice future for trainer Todd Pletcher.  Crushed a decent field and should handle class rise next out.

AS SEEN ON TV (Race 14, Fountain of Youth, GP 2/29/2020) – Lookin At Lucky colt didn’t have the best of trips here as he was stuck racing inside of horses for most of the running.  That’s a tough spot for a young colt but he never gave up and was just bobbed out of the place spot at the wire.   Kelly Breen runner has talent and can improve in the right spot.

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TAMPA BAY DOWNS

POINT OF HONOR (Race 2 at TAM, 3/7/2020) – This was clearly a prep race for the Grade 1 placed runner from last year.  She ran well to be a non-threatening 2nd behind a quality stakes winner and should move forward off this public workout  (Weaver is only 11% with layoff runners).

GOGO SHOES (Race 6 at TAM, 3/7/2020) – This filly ran sneaky well in her debut when 4th and then came back here to improve further as many second time starters do.  She crushed a good looking maiden special weights field on the Derby undercard.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

TOOK A CAB (Race 2 @GP, Feb. 26, 2020) –  This cheap maiden claimer had run against the bias back on Feb. 7th and returned in a winnable spot here.  Unfortunately, after new rider Jaramillo sent him to the lead he dueled with another horse.  He finally put that one away but those efforts took it’s toll in the final 1/16th of a mile.  Eligible to win back in the right spot.

NEW HOPE ROAD (Race 4 @GP, Feb. 26, 2020) – Quality Road filly closed belatedly for third behind the top 2 logical horses in first start since June. Barn only 8% off long layoffs so she could improve next out.

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FREUDIAN FINISH (Race 9 @GP, Feb. 20) – Returned off a layoff for trainer Brendan Walsh and nearly pulled off a big upset.  Got run down late by a sharp closer.  There’s a reason Tyler G. took this mount.  Can move forward off this strong performance.

OAKLAWN PARK

WAR VETERAN (Race 5 @OP, Feb. 27, 2020) – This four year old is rounding into sharp form for the Ron Moquet barn.  4yo sat a great trip stalking the leading duo before taking over and drawing off as much the best.  Should handle the rise to “3 life” company next time out at Oaklawn Park.

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ALWAYS INTHE MUNNY (Race 5 @HOU, Feb. 26, 2020) – 3yo Munnings filly was making only her third start and first for a new barn.  She ran a huge race, giving the odds-on favorite everything she could handle.  Also sports a nice turf pedigree, so watch for dirt or turf.

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AQUEDUCT

MR. FIDGET  (Race 3 @AQU, Jan. 30,2020) – 2nd time starter rallied well against the prevailing speed bias to finish 2nd to a very strong winner.  Shouldn’t be a maiden long for Linda Rice.

GULFSTREAM PARK

MAVERICK KITTEN (Race 10 @GP, Jan. 30,2020) – Simply a poor ride from Irad Ortiz cost this maiden claiming turf.  Finished well and just missed late  to the gate to wire winner.

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FAIR GROUNDS

REACH THE MOON (Race 9 @FG, Jan. 9. 2020) – Didn’t have the best of trips from the outside 10 post in this maiden turf affair.  Swung extremely turning for home and finished well behind a gate-to-wire winner.  Regally bred for the grass.

MAGICAL CANDY (Race 11 @FG, Jan. 11. 2020) – 2nd time starter lunged at the start and spotted the field several lengths.  Came storming home late to finish 2nd.  Only horse in the race to close. May benefit from more ground (along with a good start!)

STELLAR AGENT (Race 6 @FG, Jan. 19. 2020) – Off since June and moving into the Brad Cox, this Saratoga shipper lagged behind but finished strong for third.  Winner went gate to wire in this turf dash.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

RICHIES GREAT GIRL (Race 2 @TAM, Jan. 29, 2020) – Larry Rivelli runner got off to a poor start and was in trouble early but recovered to absolutely destroy this field.  This 3yo filly is talented.

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AQUEDUCT

ABOUNDING JOY (Race 8 at AQU, Jan 20, 2020) – Bill Mott trainee was coming off a long layoff.  Took the lead turning for home but was unable to hold off the strong late run of the favorite.  Filly ran a great race and should be tighter next time around.

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the Big A race horseWEGOTOLDYOUGOTSOLD (Race 6 at AQU, Jan 20, 2020) – Rudy R. runner was another coming off a layoff but ran into a major class dropper from Servis.  Ran well to be 2nd and will be very tough next time out.

THE IMPORTANT ONE (Race 5 at AQU, Jan 20, 2020) – Not many maiden claiming debut wins are this impressive.  Wesley Ward runner stumbled at the start and then was wide over the Big A oval.  Overcame that trouble to run down the two lukewarm favorites in the lane.  Should be able to step up in class.

SAM HOUSTON

SATURDAY’S HANGOVER (Race 3 at HOU, Jan 22, 2020) – This guy owns a potent late kick and he displayed it in full fashion, storming from off the pace in the slop to get up for the win.   Been a very honest runner of late.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

AWESOME ROMEO (Race 2 at TAM, Jan 8, 2020) – Ran the classic Z pattern under Kevin Mendez.  Was 9th by 4L at the half mile pole, then 6th by 7 1/2 before finishing 3rd, beaten 4 lengths as the lukewarm 5/2 favorite.

 

 

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FAIR GROUNDS

HORSE DOCTOR (Race 2 @FG, 12/18/2019) – First time starter had been working lights out prior to debut in this 5.5f turf sprint.  Broke tardily, 1.5 lengths behind, but rallied very well late to be second best behind the logical, gate to wire winner.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

ZIGGY BARCELONA (Race 6 @TAM, 1/11/2020).  This first-time gelding was coming off a long layoff but was well prepared by trainer Robert Dobbs, Jr.   If he hadn’t been pressured by another huge longshot, this 4yo may have lit up the toteboard.  He held well for 4th in a sneaky good effort.

MY COTTON CANDY (Race 6 @TAM, 12/18/2019) – This filly got a new rider and responded with a powerful late finish to just miss catching the favorite at the wire.  She galloped out lengths in front in a good performance.  Loves Tampa and 7 furlongs.

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BELMONT PARK

PROMISE ME ROSES (Race 1 @Belmont, Sept.  20, 2019) – Gary Gullo runner rallied from well back and was absolutely flying late under Jose Lezcano.  She just missed catching the 6/5 favorite at the wire.  She is rounding into form for a sharp outfit.

GULFSTREAM PARK

FRERET (Race 3 @GP, Sept.  20, 2019) – Ducked out at start of this maiden claiming turf race and received a questionable ride from low percentage Alvaro Donis.  Came home well but belatedly for third in a better-than-it-looks performance.  Would benefit from a major rider switch.

BION MAGIC (Race 7 @GP, Sept. 19, 2019) – This 2yo filly had worked well prior to her debut.  She got off to a slow start from her rail post, but she rushed up on the backstretch, took command and scored an impressive victory.  Could be a nice one for the Vinson family.

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CANTERBURY PARK

WHY GOD (Race 10 @CBY, 9/14/19) – Broke from an impossible tough post going two turns and consequently went very wide into that first turn.  Flew home late on the rail, belatedly, but galloped out in front of the winner in a sneaky good performance.

GULSTREAM PARK

HEAR MY PRAYER (Race 5 @GP, 9/5/19) – 2nd time starter from David Fisher loved the move to the grass.  The half sibling to 2 grass winners went quickly to the front in this 5 furlong dash and never looked back.  2yo filly is by The Big Beast who was very fast.

GAMBLA (Race 6 @GP, 9/5/19) – Debut runner from Hess barn that usually doesn’t fire first time out.  3yo filly broke poorly from the rail but finished sneaky well in a good performance.  Sports a nice pedigree.  Can move forward.

KENTUCKY DOWNS

TALAALAH (Race 7 @ KD, 9/12/19) – This 4yo Candy Ride filly has some good figs at the maiden special weights level on the grass but was given a tough task stretching out to 1 mile in this good field.  Look for the cut back to 6 furlongs or thereabouts.

ARCHIDUST (Race 9 @ KD, 9/12/19) – Undefeated turf runner broke dead last from the rail in this full field feature event.  Sophomore colt rallied sneaky well to a respectable finish in a race that is much better than it looks.

 

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – Aug. 26

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August 26th Edition

DEL MAR

WARREN’S SHOWTIME (Race 1 @DMR, August 21, 2019) How much was the best was this favorite in the opening race?  The turf runner was blocked badly on the far turn until the top of the stretch, but when an opening finally occurred, the 2yo daughter of Clubhouse Ride exploded with a strong run to draw off.   Has a future on the lawn for trainer Craig Lewis.

SARATOGA

SOMBEYAY (Race 7 @SAR, Aug. 2, 2019) – Pletcher runner relished the switch to firm turf (off yielding in prior) and the stretch out to one mile.  3yo ran huge, looking like a winner in deep stretch before getting nailed by a determined Casa Creed.  This guy should be super tough in 6f to 8f turf stakes on firm ground.

HAPPEN (Race 9 @SAR, Aug. 2, 2019) – Euro import  for O’Brien had no chance facing the likes of Concrete Rose when allowed a ridiculously slow pace up front.  War Front filly showed class overseas and deserves another look in a reasonable spot.

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – Aug. 13

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August 13th Edition

SARATOGA

CLEON JONES (Race 1 @SAR, July 28, 2019) – Expensive two year old in training purchase looked beat turning for home but unleashed a powerful late run (12.1) to not only get up but be drawing off impressively at the wire.  Tale Of The Cat 2yo could be a stakes runner for Englehardt.

FREAKY STYLEY (Race 1 @SAR, July 24, 2019) – Trainer Jorge Abreu had this firster ready to go in debut but he broke slowly (spotted 1 1/2 lengths to field) out of the gate.  Despite the tough 7 furlong distance he rallied well to finish 2nd to the winning Chad Brown horse.

IRISH MIAS (Race 6 @SAR, July 24, 2019) – 2yo son of Sky Mesa finished very well in debut and was the only threat to the gate-to-wire winning favorite.  This was on dirt, but his dam loved the turf and he is a half to a turf winner of over $90k.

ROMANTIC PURSUIT (Race 10 @SAR, July 28, 2019) – Maiden winner tracked the pace and took over turning for home.  In the final 1/8th she was super game to hold off several challengers.  Well-bred filly for Godolphin has a future.

SHENNAN (IRE) (Race 4 @SAR,  July 25, 2019) – Foreign invader for Mark Casse was likely compromised by the slow pace and heavy downpour conditions.  Given strong Euro form in Ireland, this well bred colt deserves another chance against similar.

PUTTHEGLASSDOWN (Race 8 @SAR, July 27, 2019) – PA bred son of Violence broke open the gate prior to the start. He finished very well in this 6 furlong 1x behind the speedy Jason Servis runner who helped set the pace.  Has run very well in all three Saratoga starts.

KEOTA (Race 1 @SAR, July 31, 2019) – This Lonhro filly was overbet off the claim by Jason Servis for Michael Dubb.  She stayed in after the race was taken off the turf but she despises the main track.  Look for her back on the grass in her second start for Servis.

MASCHA (FR) (Race 7 @SAR, July 31, 2019) – Margin of victory was deceptive as this Chad Brown import was much the best in this 1x entry level allowance.  Ran a close second to Homerique overseas and that one is a Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 placed for Brown in the States.

KLICKITAT (Race 10 @SAR, Aug. 1, 2019)- ran second to a stakes-placed turf runner in career debut, running a big 2yo fig, and finally got back on the grass her 10 months later.  Making first start for Jerkens, the 3yo just missed late to a logical winner that dropping in from open company.  Major contender next time out at same level.