Off the Charts Trip Notes – July 10, 2013

Off the Charts Trip Notes (July 10, 2013) searches out 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 Delaware Park

UNSEEN (Race 7@DEL, July 8, 2013, Mdspwt, 5f). This first time starter from a dangerous but low profile barn broke a step slow but Louis Garcia was intent on getting to the front. He was stuck inside the other speed, which proved to be a very difficult spot for the inexperienced colt.  Son of Latent Heat had the place spot but Garcia wrapped up on him in the final 1/16th of a mile and had to settle for third. This experience should prove very beneficial next time out.

At Lone Star

MY IDE (Race 1@LS, June 20, 2013, 5 furlongs, turf, MSW) Remington shipper was disregarded at more than 20-1, broke slowly and was then hustled into contention before entering the turn. Moved more toward middle of the course once in turn, was checked ever so slightly and then was forced to wait until well into the stretch. The colt finally got out enough to run and closed furiously to dead heat for the show position.


GRANDAD BUD (Race 4@PRX, June 22, 2013, 6 furlongs, Claiming $8,000) Six year old was in the top flight when entering the stretch then was taken up to avoid a collision and lost several lengths. He was forced out much wider than normal when the pacesetter bore out and caused serious bumping that forced most of the field toward the grandstand. GRANDAD BUD rallied again and came back to get third in a tremendous effort.

At Presque Isle

SPUNK (Race 7@PID, June 20, 2013, 6 furlongs, Claiming $5,000) The fifth choice in the wagering first encountered difficulties just before the half mile pole where he was checked slightly before accelerating up the inside into contention. He then moved to the middle of the track entering the far turn and advanced to be just behind the leaders at the quarter pole. From the top of the stretch until the 1/16th pole, the 7 year old was held back, waiting, with nowhere to go. The winner got a great trip on the outside without trouble while SPUNK was in jail. About the 1/16th pole he darted through an opening, swung outside and finished full of run losing top spot by less than a pair of lengths.

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