Off the Charts Trip Notes – from, Sept. 27

Off the Charts Trip Notes (September 27, 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 Calder

WINNIE NENE (Race 10 at CRC, Sept. 28, 5f turf).  This filly has yet to win on the turf, which is not the type we normally like. However, her first start off a long layoff was one of the best of her career, indicating trainer Larry Pilotti has her going the right way. She was the only one to make a strong run at the winning, wire-to-wire 2/5 favorite in this 5f turf sprint, while well clear of the show horse. Wildcat Heir mare can win back on dirt or turf.

At Presque Isle
HEYWOODS (Race  at PID, Sept. 18, 2012, allowance 2L, 51/2 furlongs polytrack). Gelding sent off as third choice in field of 7. Broke slowly but had good position behind early speed, which fit running style. Rider waited to lung to make run and gelding was trapped near the rail and could not get out. Attempted to go through two leaders at 1/8 pole but waited until there was a clear path. Once free to run Heywoods closed very well and missed the place position in a tight photo.

At Woodbine

SPRING VENTURE (Race 6 at Woodbine, Sept. 18, Natalma S). This filly overcome a less than ideal trip to power home in the final 1/8th of a mile and win completely wrapped up as much the best. Look for her to make one more start before the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

SIMPLE AS THAT (Race 3 at Woodbine, September 23, 2012, Allowance 1X, 9 furlongs poly). Filly was fifth choice in field of 7. Simple as That was in last flight as expected down the backstretch and began to rally into the turn. The second flight chased leader and when the leader was among them, the flight created a wall across the track. Simple as That was forced to wait behind the wall until they entered the stretch and then swung wide, forced out even more by another horse that drifted and was eventually about 10 wide. Simple as That ran very well to miss third by a small margin.

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