Off the Charts Trip Notes –, October 23, 2012

Off the Charts Trip Notes (October 23, 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

CUBICLE QUEEN (Race 7 at BEL, Oct. 8, 2yo mdspwt, 6f). First time from the Charlton Baker broke on top over a full field of promising runners from some top barns. She opened up at the top of the stretch but was run down late by the favorite, who was making her second career start. This was a solid performance and anything close to that next time out can get her picture taken.

TWICE TOLD TALE (Race 7 at BEL, Oct. 8, 2yo mdspwt, 6f). Exits the same race as runner-up Cubicle Queen. She was ready to fire first time out for longshot debut trainer Ralph Nicks, but she broke dead last in the field of 12. She lost all chance when that happened, but she proceeded to unleash a powerful late run to be an eye-catching third in here. Very well bred and can score soon.

At Keeneland

GET REAL (Race 4 at KEE, Oct. 20, mdspwt, 1 1/16). Steve Margolis trained runner made her all weather debut and suffered a sneaky trouble trip. She making a strong sustained run into the far turn when she was carried out. The rider then ducked to the inside and she finished extremely fast. This race was run with the shortened stretch finish at Keeneland, so she simply ran out of time. Should benefit from this race and can win back in a similar spot.

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