“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Feb. 21, 2016

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Horses to Watch

Before you sit back and wait for spring to arrive, here are some runners that will have you jogging to the windows the next time they hit the track.

Gulfstream Park

Songoficeandfire (GP Race #10 – 2/3/16 – #2 – 1 3/16 on the turf) – Jose Lezcano had the call for Bill Mott. This mare settled out nicely behind runners under the guided hand of Lezcano, and waited patiently for a seem. It just wouldn’t appear, and he finally had to “bull” his way over to get out as he had tons of runner. This move had him tap on the brakes, and when he finally saw daylight he ran out of real estate.  Lezcano and Mott are 37% ITM as team,  and I would look for some payback next up.

Dubai / Meydan

Famous Kid (Dubai Race #5 – 2/4/16 – #2 – 1 3/4 mile) – James Doyle had the assignment for Saeed bin Suroor, and this runner was locked in against the fence by State Empire. Once Doyle was able to guide his runner off the hedge he had a very strong late kick to finish up 3rd. Hoping to see a return later in the month for the Carnival.

Gulfstream Park

Who’s Your Drama (GP Race #8 – 2/6/16 – Race #8 – #8 – 1 1/16 on the turf) –  Javier Castellano in the irons for Todd Pletcher. This was the second effort off the shelf for the son of Big Drama, and had been working well at Palm Meadows.   Confidently handled and had the misfortune of running into some slow fractions. He closed up very solid after being 14th in this field.   An effort pretty much the same has him in the winner’s circle.

All Included (GP Race #12 – 2/6/16 – #4 – 1 1/8 on the turf) –  Luis Saez aboard for Todd Pletcher.  He was holding the rail most of the trip, and when called upon for his best stride was a little erratic trying to work off the rail. The connections team up to win 35% as team, and this son of Include looks to be on target for a great 2016.

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