AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – June 15

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BELMONT PARK

DOUBLE ORB (Race 1 @BEL, June 7).  This first time starter from the Steve Asmussen barn had no difficulty with the tough 7 furlong distance as he crushed a field of talented prospects.  Big future for the runner from the Maktoum barn.

SEPARATIONOFPOWERS (Race 5 @BEL, June 7).   Last year’s G1 Test winner is back on her game.  She spotted weight to a good field that included Breeders’ Cup runner-up Chalon, and she destroyed them in ultra impressive fashion.  A Grade 1 stakes should be on the agenda in the near future.

BIG BELLA BROWN (Race 7 @BEL, June 1).  This son of Big Brown exited a key race but faced a difficult fast pace scenario.  Despite that the Mike Maker trainee ran a very game race to finish second to the logical closer.   Excels on wet tracks.

 

GULFSTREAM PARK 

RED CARATS (Race 2 @GP, June 1).  Sammy Camacho, who is a good jockey, absolutely butchered the ride on the most likely winner in this field.  Had the maiden in all sorts of traffic issues and never had a chance to fully run his best race.  Can rebound at the cheap $10,000 maiden claiming level.

 

MONMOUTH PARK

STANDARD DEVIATION (Race 9 at MTH, June 1).  Son of Curlin looked like a new horse on the switch to the turf.  A half to one grass winner, the 3yo easily handled a field of proven turf runners.  Awad Stakes winner Empire Of War was a no-threat 2nd to the Chad Brown trainee that went off a juicy price.

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AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – June 5

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PIMLICO

COMPLETED PASS (Race 12 @PIM, May 17, 2019).  The Robert Bone-owned runner has a bright, bright future.  The son of Pass Rush exited wickedly fast pace at Laurel and came back and won on the Black Eyed Susan’s card.  This 5yo could develop into one of the best turf sprinters in the land.

PLEASE FLATTER ME (Race 8 @PIM, May 17, 2019) – 3yo Munnings filly had no chance against the likes of Covfefe, who broke the track record in 1.07.70.  Look for this Mark Reid back in against softer company.  Can  sprint or route up to one mile.

CREATIVE ARTIST (Race 1 @PIM, May 18, 2019) – broke from tough outside post in turf debut, off the 6+ month layoff (trainer only 7%).  This was a first time gelding and he finished strong to be a close third in a competitive field. Can move forward back on turf.

HIP HOP (Race 4 @PIM, May 18, 2019) – 4yo Drosselmeyer filly loves the grass and ran big again on the Preakness undercard.   What won’t show in the Past Performance is that she spotted 16lbs to the winning 3yo.  I don’t care how far the race is; that’s significant.  Next start for this runner is her third of the year.

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KEENELAND

RAG TAG (Race 2 @KEE, 4/18/19) – first timer starter was well meant but lost all chance at the start of this 4 1/2 furlong dash when he broke slowly.  Striking son of Union Rags then made a solid, sustained run to finish a non-threatening 2nd to the Wesley Ward horse that stole the race on the front end.  Galloped out past the winner.

CHURCHILL DOWNS

CARTE BLANCE (Race 1 @CD, 5/3/19).  This 3yo son of Curlin encountered lots of trouble in this race but still continued on gamely in the stretch to just miss at the wire.  Not one of Mena’s best rides.  Fits snugly at the starter allowance level as trainer Wesley Hawley claimed him out of his maiden win last fall.

SOLID WAGER (Race 9 @CD, 5/3/19) – Peter Miller runner was in for the $62,500 tag in this optional claimer.  The hard knocker finished well for 2nd in the large field but had no chance behind the gate-to-wire winner over the biased main track.  Should be very tough back in at the same level next out.

LOOSE ON THE TOWN (Race 1 @CD, 5/4/19) – Another hard knocker that was in for the high price tag of the optional claimer, the opener on the Derby undercard.  Looked  like a winner in mid-stretch but came up a little short off the 7 month layoff.  Can move forward off this race for trainer Brian Lynch. Can sprint dirt or turf.

AWESOME TRACKER (Race 3 @CD, 5/4/19) – 2nd time starter never had a chance breaking along the rail in this 6 furlong and subsequently checked-in mid pack.  Has a pedigree that screams route so look for him around two turns.

HUNGRY KITTEN (Race 5 @CD, 5/4/19) – Trainer Shug McGaughey runner added blinkers and looked like a new horse in third lifetime start.  Daughter of Kitten’s Joy absolutely flew home in the final furlong to get up the wire in a visually impressive maiden win over a contentious field on the Derby undercard.

MITOLE (Race 8 @CD, 5/4/19) – One word – WOW!

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

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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.