“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Dec. 1, 2014

This exclusive and free AGameofSkill.com feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (Dec. 1, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy 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 AGameofSkill.com.

Races run on Sunday, Nov. 23nd

 Aqueduct R4, MSW, Fillies and Mares, 3up, 1 mile and 1/16 (turf)

Keri Belle bumped another horse right out of the gate, then in a paceless field was able to get to the lead on her own open up on the opposition by five lengths setting very, very, soft fractions (25.14, 50.30, 1:18.61).  From a pure numbers perspective, this race was the slowest of the slow, BUT there some things about her performance I really liked.  She relaxed beautifully when she made the lead, indicating setting the fractions may be her style of running.  It also looks like she could run all day, and a lot of those marathon mile and 3/8 or mile and a half races are paceless affairs anyway.  Keri Bell also changed leads on cue (how often do we play a lose leader and it blows the win by NOT changing leads?) then the 4/5 favorite Trophee cut the margin to 2 lengths and KB finished well enough.  The other horses in this race were dreadful.


Aqueduct R7, N1x/$40,000 clm., 3up, 1 mile and 3/8 (turf)

Bishop’s Castle made a bold, but premature 4 wide move on the final turn.  Worth following..

Del Mar R6, N1x/$40,000 clm., 3up 6.5 furlongs (polytrack)

Derringer is only 2 for 20 lifetime, but he is bred to be a router and he looks and runs more like a sprinter/miler than a true sprinter.  He is taller than most sprint types and he has a pretty long stride.  He was able to go 44.91 seconds for the half mile dueling with the favorite here.  I would like to see Derringer go long and see how far he can carry his speed.

Del Mar R7, N1x Cal-bred, 3up, Fillies and Mares, 5 furlongs (turf)

Odds-on winner Dancinthenightaway is a very big filly with a lot of scope and speed.  Expect much bigger things from her.  She is a threat to win going “down the hill” at Santa Anita, or going a mile on the main Santa Anita turf course.



Aqueduct R7, N1x/$40,000 clm., 3up, 1 mile and 3/8 (turf)

Innovation Economy was a romping winner, but early in the stretch drive he was wanting to bore in (move left), which is never a good sign.

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