Off the Charts Trip Notes – from, July 31, 2012

Off the Charts Trip Notes (July 31, 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 Del Mar

WARREN’S PERFORMER (Race 6 on July 25 at DMR, claimer 16k, 6 1/2 furlongs poly). Garrett Gomez had the mount for the first time on this filly and he absolutely butchered the ride. It was so bad so have to watch the replay to get a real feel for it.  After she dropped back to last turning for home, Gomez had no intention of asking her to even run in the lane. What she did, she did so willingly en route to a sneaky good 6th place finish. This daughter of Stormed is a sleeper in her next start at the “two life” condition.

At Saratoga

MY HAPPY FACE (Race 5 on July 25 at SAR, 2yo mdspwt, 5f). Was outsprinted from the rail in her debut for trainer Rudy Rodriguez in a field of several promising runners. Managed to close well and get up to be a clear 2nd behind a very well regarded Steve Asmussen firster named Teen Pauline. Solid effort.

GEISHA GAL (race 7 on July 26 at SAR, 1 mile inner turf, mdspwt). The Bill Mott runner was making her turf debut here, a surface she is bred to love. The filly came from off the pace, made a nice run turning for home but was swung 6 to 7 wide (widest of all) at the top of the lane. She finished well but was outkicked by the winning favorite and she lost the bob for third at the wire.

At Woodbine
SYNERGIST (Race 2, July 28 at WO, polytrack, 5 furlongs) Debut 2 year old filly, fifth choice in field of 8. Broke slowly and next to last and showed no early speed. Stayed along rail about a dozen lengths from the lead entering the stretch. Filly came alive once straightened out and displayed a furious rally to gain third defeated only 5 lengths. She was the most noticeable runner in the last 1/8 mile. A better start or blinkers could do the trick with this one.

BEAR’S TAURUS (Race 10, July 29 at WO, turf, one mile) Well bred son of Stormy Atlantic ran well in first race back from a brief vacation and in his second start of 2012. The eighth choice in a field of nine could have ignited the tote board with a clean trip. He tracked the early, well bet leaders and was cruising easily to top of the stretch. Moved inside for the drive and looked to be in post for rail trip to victory when the co-leader moved inward forcing Bear’s Taurus to check abruptly and to lose momentum in mid-stretch. Continued to run with enthusiasm and still finished a respectable fifth.

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