AGOS Horses to Watch – Feb. 26, 2017

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Results from recent horse races.

Gulfstream Park

2/18/17

Race #2 – #7 – Gran the Man – 5f turf

Luis Saez in the saddle for Jason Servis (29%). This son of Grand Slam was making his 2nd effort off a two month layoff, and loves the turf going 4/4 ITM on the sod. He was forced to steady early after the break and this seem to stop his motion. He’ll rebound nicely with a better start and be a major player sprinting on the turf.

Race #6 -#4 – Sprindetti – 6f dirt

Solid filly looking to make it two-in-a-row lifetime and exited an impressive win in her maiden break at boxcar odds. She stumbled badly leaving the gate and was sandwiched by her foes. Let’s toss this race and look forward to her next out.

Race #9 – #5 – Take Your Guns – 1 mile dirt

1st time starter by Blame for the Chad Brown barn. He had his go-to rider Javier Castellano in the irons for his first start at the races. He put in a slight bid showing interest but didn’t get his diploma this day. The Chad Brown barn does very well with 2nd time runners and you can bet dollars to donuts he’ll have him ready to roll next up.

Race #12- #9 – Tricked Up – 1 mile turf

Joel Rosario for Chad Brown and they have been winning (38%) as a team the last few months. The son of Distorted Humor made his first start in 50 days, and was caught up in traffic for most of the race and tipped out three wide making a mild bid. He finished 6th and should give a much better effort next out.

Turfway Park

2/18/17

Race #3 – #4 – Forest Warrior – 5f  AW

Gabriel Lagunes aboard this son of Ready’s Image and came in 3rd off the shelf. He was a beaten favorite last out and broke slow on this day. He made a strong rally and went six wide getting second money for this effort.

Race #5 – #4 – Porter Street – 1 mile AW

Alonso Quinonez in the saddle for Wesley Ward. Son of Giant’s Causeway took the lead at the 1/4 pole and was bested down the lane after a furious drive. He’ll get his diploma very soon.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Feb. 21, 2017

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes and Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill.com visitors.  Put some or all of these runners in your Stable Alert account.

Tampa Bay Downs

2/11/17

Sam F. Davis Stakes – Tapwrit – 1 1/16 miles dirt

Up and coming three year old colt raced inside and then, just when about to make a move, he got blocked by favorite McCracken’s winning move. Altered course in the stretch and finished well, actually galloping out past the winner in track record time.

 

Gulfstream Park

1/28/17

Race #3 – Genre – 7f dirt

John Velasquez in the saddle for Todd Pletcher as they brought a daughter of Bernardini to post. 2nd start off the shelf and was cutting back from the one mile distance. She stumbled at the start and was carried out wide down the backstretch. She got her action back and made a strong late rally to settle as the bridesmaid this day.

Race #5 – Madefromlucky – 1 1/8 dirt

Javier Castellano in the irons for Todd Pletcher and they were making his second start off an 8 month layoff. He was travelling wide down the backstretch and at the 5/16th’s he clipped heels losing all action. Jockey Castellano helped him rebound and displayed a quick turn of foot down the lane finishing 3rd.

Race #8 – Blind Ambition – 7f dirt

This son of Tapit was a first time starter from the Pletcher barn. John Velasquez had the call and owned a solid clip of morning works at Palm Beach Downs. He was sent off the odds-on favorite and stumbled badly leaving the starting gate. No worries here as Team Pletcher owns a solid record with second effort runners.

Got Rebates?  Tired on meaningless points?  Learn more here

Race #9 – #3 – Long on Value – 5f on the turf

Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat for Bill Mott. He was making his first start in two months and was far back in the field. He unleashed a furious rally late in the lane getting bested a 1/2 length. There are good things to come from the Bill Mott barn.

Race #11 – Sadler’s Joy – 1 1/2 on the turf

Julien Leparoux for Thom Albertrani. This son of top turf stallion Kitten’s Joy had been off for two months and was forced three wide gaining rapidly. He was under a full head of steam and was beaten a head for the whole prize. This turfer needs a play right back for the winning score!

Pegasus World Cup – Shaman’s Ghost – 1 1/8 dirt

The $12 million dollar Pegasus World Cup focused on the battle between Arrogate and California Chrome. The race did not disappoint with a strong effort by the winner and offered up some runners for future races. Jose Ortiz was aboard for James Jerkins and Ortiz ran a winner’s race but caught a real monster with Arrogate. Give him a little class relief taking on anyone but Arrogate, and we’ll have another runner who’ll have a strong 2017 campaign.

Aqueduct

1/21/17

Race #4 – Carthon – 1 mile on the inner track

Antonio Gallardo was the rider, and this was the first time his mount had blinkers. Trainer Gary Sciacca may have been looking for some changes as he switched riders and made an equipment change. He was stretching out in distance and broke awkward fighting his rider down the backstretch. This colt is on target to reward his backers and get his diploma at a price.

Turfway Park

1/21/17

Race #6 – #12 – Hollywood Talent – 6 1/2f on the AW

Presque Isle invader shipped in on a cutback in distance. This was his first start in 7 months and top jock Albin Jimenez was in the irons. This was the Forego Stakes, and a good payday was on the table. Down the lane he was closing in high gear and was bumped soundly twice by eventual winner Crewman. There were three objections and still no change to the order of finish. Rule this race to bad luck, and he’ll reward his backers at a handsome price as he was 19-1 this day and just missed.

Race #7 – #5 – Miss O’Meara – 6f on the AW

Perry Ouzts in the drivers seat and just missed last time out. Ouzts was in perfect position against the rail down the backstretch and was forced to steady sharply. He shifted out four wide and came up a little shy. Come right back with this gal and she’ll make amends.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Jan. 12, 2017

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes for AGameofSkill.com visitors.  A free horses to watch list

Aqueduct

12/17/16

Race #4 – Proud Lily – 6f dirt

First time starter and she brushed the starting gate at the break and was forced to rush up. Once the rider got her settled, she put in a game effort finishing a solid 4th. She’ll benefit from this race for future trips to the paddock.

Race #7 – Sir Alfred – 6f dirt

Jose Ortiz had his bumped around at the start and he rushed him up to grab a short lead. Ortiz settled him nicely, and he finished an honest 4th this day. – Good things are coming for this runner from the Todd Pletcher barn.

Tampa Bay Downs

12/16/16

Race #2 – High Pitch – 1 1/16 dirt

This filly shipped in from Presque Isle and stumbled badly at the start and was forced to take up off heels. She was heavily backed at the windows and sometimes it takes two efforts off of the synthetic to get acclimated to the dirt.

Race #7 – Dreamup – 1 mile and 40 yards

This daughter of Bernardini shipped in from Keeneland for the Eoin Harty barn. – Paco Lopez was on cruise control winning by 5 lengths and looked to have plenty in the tank. – Right back off the impressive win she deserves a playback at the windows.

 

Gulfstream Park

12/16/16

Race #1 – Eklipsado – 1 mile dirt

This runner jumped right to the lead and duked it out down the backstreet. He bumped his rival and  was DQ’ed from the win and placed second. Edgard Zayas was aboard and I love to play back a winner who was disqualified. They know how to win and I see the next effort firing right back.

Race #5 – Golden Point – 1 1/16 turf

Shipper from Churchill who was a beaten favorite this day. The hot hand of Antonio Gallardo was forced to go five wide and still managed a quick finish for the show spot this day. – Be on the look out for this runner as he’ll be sure to give you plenty to cheer about.

Race #7 – Break Away – 7 1/2f turf

Paco Lopez had his filly stalking down the backstretch when she clipped heels with another runner and lost the rider. She was backed heavily at the windows and she’ll be looking for payback next time out.

Turfway Park

1/1/17

Race #1 –Rocco Solid – 1 mile on the AW

Susan Anderson trainee was restless in the gate and broke poorly. He made up a heap of ground around the far turn and was bested by a nose in the shadow of the wire. – Just a clean trip for this guy and you’ll see something special down the lane.

Race #2 – Devil Alert – 6 1/2f on the AW

John McKee in the irons for Dan O’Hallaron. They shipped in from Fairmount Park and this mare was flat out rolling in the final stages of the race. The pace was pretty hot for this level and the next time you see her in the entries bet with both hands.

Race #4 – Que Hansen – 1 mile on the AW

Albin Jimenez aboard for Mike Maker and she did everything perfect except get beat by a nose at the wire. She was sent off the odds-on chalk for Dr. Kendall Hansen, and it looks like he is getting ready to have a great year with some talented runners in his barn.

Race #5 –  Fancy is My Name – 5f on the AW

Ten pound apprentice Shelbi Kurtz broke well and settled in nicely along the rail. Once she saw her mount didn’t have the speed to set the pace, she dropped over to the rail and tried to respond for minor awards. – Both horse and rider need a playback off this race, and keep your eyes peeled for this young and up and coming rider. She’s gonna’ do just fine and when she gets a leg up from her grandpa trainer Rick Jordan they

Turfway Park

12/31/16

Race #1 – Perfect Passion – 5f on the AW

Churchill shipper for Mike Maker was sent off the odds-on favorite, and she was circling 6 wide on the final turn showing good interest down the lane. She’ll mature nicely and Maker will have her ready to roll next up. – She is a three-year-old now, and I’m looking for good things to come from the red-hot Maker barn.

Race #8 – Belvin – 1 mile on the AW

Thom Drury runner had the services of Albin Jimenez back from Tampa Bay Downs for the winter. They broke from the outside post and this may not have worked to their favor. The Drury barn is known for getting a runner ready off an average effort and this one fits the bill perfectly. Finishing 4th going five wide into the final turn, and coming up short looks like a race to build on.

are looking for her first win picture. From two mounts she has a solid third place finish to her credit.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Jan. 1, 2017

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes & Horses to Watch for AGOS Visitors

Fair Grounds

12/26/16

Race #1 – #3 – King of Honour – 1 mile dirt

He was in great tracking mode under Colby Hernandez and was forced to check up sharply at the 7/8th’s pole. Top notch trainer Karl Broberg claimed this runner, and he’ll be worth a great play next out.

Race #2 – #2 – Red Hot Cherry – 1 mile turf

She was bumped hard at the break and settled out nicely. Right at the 3/16th’s pole she was forced to steady and run wide. She still finished up a solid second on this day.

Race #3 – #6 – Right Squall – 6f dirt

Cisco Torres was in the irons aboard the odds-on favorite, and bumped strongly at the break. Torres found his best stride and made a strong run to win the race. Red-hot trainer Joe Sharp claimed him off this effort and he does very well new comers to his barn.

Race #8 – #8 – Wyeth – 5 1/2 f turf

Thom Amoss trainee who was bumped at the start and forced to take up off heels at the 3/16th’s pole. After this wide troubled trip he still managed a very good effort for the show spot.

Race #10 – #8 – Daddy’s Placer – 1 mile and 70 yards

Florent Geroux in the saddle for Thom Amoss and the two-year-old was wide on both turns and five wide into the lane. He’ll benefit from this effort and the barn will have all the screws tightened to go next out.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Dec. 21, 2016

“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.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Nov. 21, 2016

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes. Here are some runners who could use a playback or a good hard look next out, including some runners exiting the 2016 Breeders’ Cup.

Aqueduct

11/5/16

Race #2 – #9 – Uncle Chester – 1 1/16 turf

Eric Cancel’s mount seemed to lose traction leaving the starting gate. He made a solid attempt and spun three-wide on the turn to finish up third this day.

Race  #5 – #12 – Rule Number One – 1 mile turf

Antonio Gallardo in the irons and one thing is for sure. This guy can flat-out horseback.  He rode four winners on the card, and his mount was carried four wide coming up a little empty down the lane. Next out should have him moving right back into top form.

Race #6 – #8 – Realm – 1 mile on the dirt

Top rider Paco Lopez in the driver’s seat and his runner stalked just off the leaders and inhaled the field to win by an easy 5 1/4. – He needs a good playback next out as he completed this task with plenty left in the tank.

Santa Anita

11/5/16 – 2016 Breeders’ Cup

Race #1 – #10 – Kitten’s Cat – 6 1/2f turf

Luis Saez in the saddle for the Joe Sharp barn. His colt stumbled at the start and closed with a strong flourish four wide on his way to the winner’s circle. This son of Kitten’s Joy may have some good things to come and could use a good wager right back next time out.

Race #4 – Juvenile Fillies – #12 – American Gal – 1 1/16 dirt

Mike Smith for Baffert, and their filly broke slow from the gate in the #12 post. She was seven wide down the backstretch and 5 wide into the final turn. She managed a to finish with good energy to be 3rd as the beaten favorite.

Race #7 – Turf Sprint – #12 – Om – 6 1/2 f turf

Gary Stevens in the irons and broke inward at the break. He was stalking in a perfect trip when Stevens lost his whip in the final 1/16th to be bested by a nose at the wire.

Race #12 – Classic – #9 Hoppertunity – 1 1/4 miles dirt

John Velasquez in the saddle for Bob Baffert and he was facing two monsters this day. He wouldn’t have caught Chrome or Arrogate going around another lap, but if he catches just a solid field, he’ll give them fits as he finished up with good energy to show he is getting ready.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Nov. 1, 2016

track announcer with binoculars

Ed Meyer is the track announcer at Belterra

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes and Horses to Watch

At the time of this entry the Breeders’ Cup countdown is 3 days, 3 hours, and 55 minutes away. The fever is starting to catch as the rest of the week I’ll be following the notes team work, and watching workouts and replays. This is my preparation, and I’m sure you have your own. But one is for sure, it’s only a matter of days until the best racing of the year will converge on Santa Anita. In the meantime, here are some runners you’ll want to keep your eyes and bankroll focused. They have an excuse, a bad break, or it just wasn’t their day. Either way, just follow them back and you may have a bumper payday.

Horses to Watch

Belmont Park

10/19/16

Race #3 – #7 – Bull – 7f turf

Had to check off heels at the 1/8th pole twice and was trying to close stoutly with Manny Franco in the irons. New York-bred son of Bluegrass Cat was put up for second after a little bumping and shutting off down the lane. With a little racing luck, he’ll be tough to handle next out.

Gulfstream Park West

10/28/16

Race #6- #1 – Our War Eagle – 5f turf

Edgard Zayas had the call for Eddie Plesa and this two-year-old by Unbridled’s Song came flying late in the lane. He missed by a nose in this maiden affair and I think we’ll be hearing from him down the road.

Keeneland

10/19/16

Race #4 – #4 – Pour Girl – 1 1/16 turf

This 50-1 shot with Declan Cannon in the irons was beaten a head for the whole enchilada. Cannon is 37% ITM on the green and made a huge move up the rail after shipping in from Indy Grand. She may reward her backers at a handsome price next out. By the way, this guy loves to ride on the greensward.

10/20/16

Race #9 – #5 – Scarf it Down – 6 1/2f dirt

Florent Geroux in the driver’s seat and he spotted the field about 8-10 lengths coming out of the gate. He made an exhilarating move around the far turn rushing up to be just two off the leaders. he seemed to fade a bit down the lane, and finishing 4th on a sloppy sealed track may have him looking to get right back in the game.

10/22/16

Race #2 -#4 – Wise Old Owl – 1 1/16 dirt

First time starter who was sent off the luke warm favorite and had the services of Julien Leparoux. He was starting to make up ground under the leading rider for the Mike Maker barn, and you can rest assured he’ll gain needed experience where the barn does well with second timers to the races.

Race #4 – #3 – Bird Street – 6f dirt

Shaun Bridgmohan in the saddle and his filly was bottled up and forced to steady mid-way around the final turn. She was shifting out to make up good ground but just ran out of time.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Oct. 24, 2016

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes and Horses to Watch

 

Belmont Park

10/15/16

Race #4 – #12 – Irish Filibuster – 7f turf – jockey Luis Saez in the irons for Mike Maker. They were bumped soundly leaving the starting gate and should be followed right back. This was his first effort since February at Fair Grounds, and Maker has a way to get his runners ready to move forward off for runners coming off the shelf.

Race #6 – #6 – Tombelaine – 7f turf – Javier Castellano for Chad Brown and this runner was making a first start since shipping in from Gulfstream. Pinched back at the start and was forced between foes down the backstretch. Add in he was 6 wide around the final turn closing stoutly and you have a runner ready to get his picture taken next out.

Race #7 – #4 – Easy Way Out – 6 1/2f dirt – This 1st time filly with Irad Ortiz in the saddle was knocked around multiple times leaving the gate and had to alter course to the six wide path. Once she found clear sailing, he effort was eye-catching. She will improve off this effort and be a handful next time to the races.
Keeneland

10/15/16

Race #2 – #2- Prudence – 1 mile turf= Corey Lanerie was in the drivers seat this day for the “Rusty” Arnold barn. She split runners gamely and showed great interest. The barn does very well with return runners during the brief meet. The big question is can he wheel her back in the next two weeks or will they turn to a winter campaign ? If she appears right back at Keeneland, bet early and often.

Race #6 – #4 – Leofric –  Chris Landeros had the call for trainer Neil Howard. Shipped in off a Churchill effort in September, and was knocked around a bit leaving the gate. Finished up with a good late kick and the big question is where will he race next ? Should we be looking for a quick return, or a campaign back at Churchill Downs ? Either way, this is a runner who needs a bet.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Oct. 18, 2016

copyright AgameofSkill.com 2016Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill.com visitors.  Put these runners in your Stable Alert.

Belmont Park

10/8/16

Race #2 – #2 – California Swing – 1m turf

Irad Ortiz was up for Christophe Clement and this colt saved ground and started to show good interest. For the next 1/8th of a mile they were caught in traffic and Ortiz was forced to tap on the brakes many times. Once free he spun three-wide and finished with a strong late kick.

Race #4 – #3 – Nonna Mela – 1 mile dirt

The (G-1) Frizette was a tough race and this gal bobbled at the start costing her precious ground as a highly wagered player in the field. Give her a clean trip and the outcome may be a little different.

Race #6 – #6 – Sea Calisi – 1 1/4 turf

She did very little wrong except hook a monster on the improve off the shelf in Lady Eli, one of the best turf distaffers we’ve seen over recent y ears. Calisi tipped off the rail and looked prepared to mount a challenge but the winner had more in the tank. This was a very good “builder” race where she can be counted on for improvement.

Race #7 – #6 – Power Alert – 6f turf

Mike Smith is the new Eddie Arcaro.  Both rode about 1/3 the mounts of their counterparts and mainly tacked up in the big money races. – He set the pace under salty fractions and was bested in the shadow of the wire. The best is yet to come for this sprinter.

Race #9 – #10 Beach Patrol – 1 1/8 turf

Florent Geroux is in the ‘zone.” He did everything right and was bested by a fast closing Camelot Kitten who had clear sailing about four wide with no traffic. Geroux fits and she’ll give them fits next out.

 

Got Rebates?  No points, no waiting – just the VIP service you deserve.  Click here to learn more.
Keeneland

10/8/16

Race #7 – #2 – Tepin – 1 mile turf

For the sake of being master of the obvious, this gal has plenty in the tank and didn’t burn her up chasing the leader. The likely Breeders’ Cup Mile favorite closed with good interest and will be a monster next out. The hardest part will be the waiting. Barring any last minute hiccups, Tepin is just fine and received a great deal of work from this race. Just think, she’ll be dreaming every night of chasing a leader who stole the race by ten around the far turn. She won’t disappoint, just be patient.

Race #9 – #8 – Ironicus – 1 mile turf

Jose Ortiz got motoring late around the final turn and brushed a nudge with Mondialiste. This little bump may have cost her the race as she hit another gear at the 1/8th pole kicking in the after-burners. No worries, Ortiz will move just a little sooner next out.

AGOS Horses to Watch – October 12, 2016

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes

Horses to Watch

Belmont Park

10/1/16

Race #3 – #4 – Filet of Sole – 7f dirt

Javier Castellano’s mount veered in at the start and he corrected his mount immediately. Advanced nicely splitting runners and floated three-wide on the far turn. He gave a good account of himself this race and should benefit next out.

Race #6 – #4 – Flintshire – 1 1/2 miles turf

The yielding turf and all day rain may not have been to his liking as he settled behind the speed and moved three wide to finish up second. The fractions were slow and this race may have been used as a good teaching moment. According to Chad Brown all systems are go for the Breeders’ Cup and I think we’ll see his best on display.

Race #9 – #7 – Stallwalkin’ Dude – 6f dirt

Irad Ortiz had the Jacobson trainee in mid-pack stalking mode and angled out going five wide at the 1/4 pole.  He took over the lead very briefly and was forced to settle for second money getting bested in the final 1/8th.

Belmont 10/2/16

Race #1 – #2 – Yorkiepoo Princess – 1 mile dirt

Irad Ortiz sent his filly wire-to-wire and won easily for a race that was originally scheduled for the turf. With a quick turn of foot like she possessed, this gal can turn out the lights pretty quick.

Race #4 – #1 – Delta Prince – 6 1/2f dirt

First time starter for James Jerkins and was bumped around quite a bit leaving the starting gate. She never looked settled during the race and should benefit greatly from this initial trip over the track.

Race #5 – #2 – Coasted / #6 – New Money Honey – 1 1/16 turf

Jose Lezcano did everything on cue and was forced to wait for a gap at the top of the lane. She was on-hold for what seemed like an eternity and was overtaken by New Money Honey who got the jump and had good momentum. Coasted finished an easy third this day and both runners need to kept on your list from this race.