“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – March 6, 2016

Horses to Watch

Stay in tune for these runners when they saddle up for the races, as they are coming off a troubled trip and could offer up some great value.

Gulfstream Park

Street Grey (Race #3 – 2/27/16 – #3 – 1 1/16 on the main track) –  This son of Street Cry was making a third lifetime start and led all the way from the gate break. He had been facing some of the runners on the Triple Crown trail, and was a $750,000 Ocala sales purchase. He got a little leg weary and maybe a flat mile or 7 panels may be more to his liking after finishing third. Catch him if you can.

 

Lewis Bay (GP Race #5 – 2/27/16 – #4 – 1 mile) –  A very nice looking filly in the Davona Dale Stakes making her first start in over three months. Irad Ortiz was in Florida for the day, and had this assignment for the Chad Brown barn. – The field was tough as the (1-5) chalk Cathryn Sophia came to the races and did not disappoint. – Ortiz had his mount saving ground for most of the race, and worked off the rail shortly before the 1/4 pole and looked impressive. She accelerated nicely and was a bridesmaid on this day. – Chad Brown has a knack for getting runners to improve, and I’m looking for big things to come from this gal.

Divisidero (GP Race #8 – 2/27/16 – #2 – One mile on the turf) –  Edgar Prado had the call on this son of Kitten’s Joy making his first start in seven months. – “Buff” Bradley was interviewed in the paddock shortly before the race, and said his runner was “ready to roll” but may want a bit more ground. – They exited the (G-1) Belmont Derby travelling a 1 1/4, and after rolling late from the clouds any added distance will be welcome.

Niigon’s Edge (GP Race #11 – 2/28/16 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the main track) – Julien Leparoux in the saddle, and his mount was making his 2nd start off the layoff shipping in from Woodbine. He has been working well in the mornings, and finished strongly up the rail. – I would look for a big race coming soon as this runner will improve greatly off this effort.

Mahoning Valley

A Unique Lady (Race #3 – 2/27/16 – #4 – 6f on the dirt) – Jockey  Samuel Bermudez was in the saddle, and his filly was “boxed in” along the rail and had little room to run. She looked very fit on the track, and once she tipped off the rail for clear sailing she flashed great late foot. – Toss in the “beaten favorite” angle and we have a runner looking for some payback next time out.

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