Off the Charts Trip Notes –

Off the Charts Trip Notes (June 20, 2012) spotlights horses throughout the country who encountered some type of significant or meaningful trouble in their most recent start or just gave an extremely impressive performance. Please note that horses spotlighted in Off the Charts Trip Notes are never an automatic bet back, but rather runners to give a serious look at given the trips and the trouble spotted by our expert handicappers at  Horses below listed in track name order.


At Belmont Park
MARGANO (Race 8, June 16 at BEL, mile turf). Fourth choice in field of 10. Slow and cut off from gate, the colt was next to last early and inside others. Held back slightly about 1/2 mile out, stayed inside and was eighth just before the top of the stretch. Moved forward and was then blocked from moving outside 1/8 mile out. Forced to go inside and was checked slightly. Finally had room about 1/16th from the wire and barely missed the photo for show in a cyclonic finish. Colt was moving much faster than all others in final 70 yards.


At Betfair Hollywood Park

NICOLE’S MARK (Race 1, June 15 at BHP). This first time starter showed a solid, steady stream of works for trainer James Cassidy, a barn known for giving their young horses a race or two before running their best. The three year old daughter of Benchmark raced inside during the 6 furlong race, always a tough spot for a first timer, but ran very well in the lane to garner second behind the gate to wire winner. Figures to benefit from this experience and clearly has some ability.


At Emerald Downs

TRICKY TARRADIDDLE (Race 3, June 15).  Third place finisher from this claimers for “non winners of three races lifetime” raced evenly according to the charts but in fact had a less than ideal trip. The five year old mare was impeded at the break and then moved into contention. Encountered more trouble at the top of the lane and then was steadied at the 1/8th pole. Finished well and this effort is better than it looks on paper.


DISCO D (Race 5, June 16th, one mile dirt). Second choice in the wagering, this gelding broke a step slow and then suffered a very wide trip while coming up only a half length shy at the wire. Disco D bumped with the winner coming down the lane. He also spotted 4-6 lbs to the top two finishers in the one mile event.


At Parx Racing

KANGAROO KID (race 10, Parx, June 18th, 1 mile). This three year old lost all chance when he spotted the field at least five lengths and valuable position at the start of this maiden claimer. He made a middle move to get into striking position under the bug boy but then flattened out turning for home. Horses at this low level can’t deal with that type of adversity so give this guy the chance to rebound, especially with a jockey switch to a journeyman rider.

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