Off the Charts Trip Notes –, July 18, 2012

Off the Charts Trip Notes (July 18, 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

CAPE CODE CAROL (Race 5 at BEL, July 15, s-mdspwt, 6f turf). This James Ryerson runner absolutely flew home in the final 1/8th, just running out of real estate to nap the place spot. Gave a similar performance the last time Junior Alvarado was aboard, two starts back. Daughter of Rockport Harbor would likely relish 8 furlongs on the grass.

At Betfair Hollywood Park

TIZ A MINSTER (Race 2 at BHP, July 15, 5f mdcl). First time starter trailed the field early, double digit lengths behind the eventual gate to wire, winning favorite. Jockey waited briefly on the far turn to see where a loose horse was going, then at the top of the stretch, he asked and this horse responded with a tremendous late run. Was flying at the finished and narrowly missed 2nd, blowing past that rival at the wire. Solid barn has been cold and continues their unlucky ways.

At Canterbury

BUST OUT (Race 7, July 12, CBY, 6 furlongs, dirt). Fourth choice in field of 10. Filly stumbled badly at start with her nose close to touching the racing surface. Was not urged at all on backstretch and was last 10 lengths behind at the quarter pole. Picked it up and passed horses in stretch while racing inside and outside.

At Woodbine

BEARS GEM (Race 2 at WO, July 15, mdspwt, 6.5 furlongs). This filly went extremely wide on the turn for home under Emma Jane Wilson but still continued on well in the lane to get up for third. May very well need a rider switch as Wilson has been aboard for all three career starts.

ALPHANUMERIC (Race 7 at WO, July 15, mdcl, 1 1/16). This was only this colt’s third start on the all-weather as he has spent most of his winless career on the grass. This was probably his best race yet as he made a furious run at the top of the stretch only to be blocked at a critical late stage, costing him valuable momentum. Ended up a very close fourth behind a trio of horses noses apart at the wire.

CALGARY CAT (Race 8, July 14, WO, two year olds, 6 furlongs main). Favorite in field of 7. Awkward start and shortly thereafter squeezed hard on both sides, taken up sharply and left far behind. The unraced favorite was a debut runner in stakes competition and showed class by making a good comeback. Should have finished dead last after the start and running wide throughout the turn but showed plenty of class to gain fifth not that far from the winner.

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