Off the Charts Trip Notes – from, September 13

Off the Charts Trip Notes (September 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.

At Arlington Park

PINK LENINADE (Race 6 at AP, cl25-3L,  5f turf).  This was a poor ride from E.T. Baird, as he failed to get aggressive and make his move when he had perfect position on the turn for home. Instead he let the winner go by him and then box him in, causing him to steady the 4yo filly at the 1/8th pole. As a result she lost all chance in the lane and had to settle for third.

At Del Mar

PARTY IN EXCESS (race 2 at DMR, mdcl 40, 6 1/2 furlongs). The In Excess filly was making only her second career start, again at the same $40,000 maiden claiming level. She made a really nice run on the turn for home, an eye-catching middle move, but in the process she swung 7 wide and lost critical ground as the winner skimmed the rail. She flattened out late but this was a decent performance. Would be a very interesting with some class relief.

At Saratoga

METRO (Race 1 at SAR, mdspwt, turf). Shipper from Presque Isle Downs was well bet in his debut and was clearly stepping up sharply in class for his second career outing. However, trainer John Terranova had this guy spotted well as the colt made a strong run turning for home but was pushed 6-7 wide over the inner turf course. Was no match for the winner but was in a tight finish for the place and show spots. Son of Afleet Alex looks like a versatile sort that should break his maiden soon.

At Woodbine
POSTER LADY (September 1, 2012, second race at WO, 2 YO Fillies, Maiden Claiming $20,000, 5 furlongs polytrack). Debut runner was third choice in field of 6. Broke alertly and contested the lead for the first 100 yards and then fell back. Was next to last entering the turn and appeared to have little interest in running. Almost 7 lengths back at quarter pole she picked up the interest and started to rally. Jockey Da Silva used a left-handed stick to force her out and the filly was 5-6 wide before she straightened at the top of the stretch. At that point her interest and energy escalated rapidly and she rallied furiously down the lane to only lose by a length to another impressive firster. Poster Lady was claimed by trainer Steven Chircop and it will be interesting to see where her new trainer spots her next out. In the last 4 years 25% of Chricop’s wins at Woodbine have come on either first or second time after the claim. Poster Lady has got some run and she is definitely one to remember.

COMING IN SEPTEMBER: A new edition of “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns – 2012 Fall meet edition” by Art Parker

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