Off the Charts Trip Notes – December 13, 2012

Off the Charts Trip Notes (December 13, 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.


OMEGA STAR (Race 4 at AQU, Dec 13, mdspwt, 2yo, 6f). First time starter by Candy Ride ran a huge race, chasing the heavy odds-on favorite and lone speed in the lane while well clear of third. Gelding broke from the rail and was boxed inside turning for home. He showed a lot of composure getting out of that tough spot to finish a clear second to a horse that was 1-9 in the early wagering. Wins soon for Jimmy Jerkens barn, a stable that seems to be heating up.


BOY DOG (Race 2 at FG, Dec. 7, mdcl, 5f dirt). This 2-1 shot broke from a very difficult outside post with a short run into the far turn and was hung out wide throughout; meanwhile the winner was able to save a lot more ground. Despite that, he tried hard all the way until the rider wrapped up some yards from the wire.  Can win back in a similar spot with a better draw.

Tampa Bay Downs

SHARP OMAR (Race 5 at TAM, Dec. 7, mdcl, 2yo, 1 mile turf). This was not one of D L Parker’s best rides. This “live” turf runner was in good stalking position but stuck down on the inside on the backstretch. Parker got this guy up on heels and steadied hard, losing 4-5 lengths heading into the far turn.  Was blocked again at the top of the lane and had to alter course. He took the lead in mid stretch but could not hold off the fresh closer, who was one of the betting favorites.  Ran a big time winning race.

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