“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – July 31, 2015

Arlington Park

Daddy’s Pleasure (Arlington Park – Race#9 – 7/26/15 – #1) Eddie Perez is usually a good rider in Chi-town,  but on this day he turned a performance that looked like a triple bug rider on his first time out. – Well, that may not be fair as many young riders come ready to win, and Mr. Perez must have been thinking of going fishing. – During the race he awaited room at least a dozen times coming fresh off the claim, and going from synthetic back to his preferred surface of the lush greensward.  He was boxed in, pocketed up and at one time look to break free to launch a bid, but that was just a teaser. Play this one right back, and if they step up in class or have a rider change, double your bet and go to the cashier.


Saratoga Race Course

Here Comes Rosie (Saratoga – Race #2 – 7/24/15 – #6) Manuel Franco was aboard this New York-bred filly and this was far from a clean trip. She was 3rd into the turn and was bumped soundly by the winner. She rebounded nicely, and battled gamely to the wire. – If you’re a fan of a gutsy effort, this is one you should hammer right back.

Power Nap (Saratoga – Race #3 – 7/26/15 – #2) My handicapping antenna goes up when a runner is heavily backed at the windows and turns in a head scratcher. Javier Castellano knows his way around the New York ovals, and you’ll have your work cut out looking for a bad move. He was a victim of stumbling out of the gate with his snout getting a taste of the dirt surface. – He just never fully recovered and trainer Mike Maker does very well next out with runners who have a legit excuse. He finds the problem if any, and has it corrected quickly. I think if all systems are go, you’ll see a freshened runner. Be sure to keep an eye peeled for the work tab. If you see one or two works, bet early and bet often.

Tweet Kitten (Saratoga – Race #9 – 7/26/15 – #8) Javier Castellano in the irons again, and this time he was sitting on a winner and dealt out dawdling fractions to seal the deal. He had control of the race until the rail turned into the hedge, and his mount “propped” a bit and seem to shy away from the greenery. – This may be master of the obvious play of the day, but you can look for a well controlled runner next out who probably will have instructions to steer clear of the hedge. – I can’t complain as I had the winner who closed into a 1:16.25 3/4 time, and still got up to win in the shadow of the wire. I enjoy a casher, but the real winner should have hung on as he put the field to sleep with slow fractions. – Bet back with confidence.


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