Off the Charts Trip Notes – Oct. 15, 2014

This exclusive and free feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (Oct. 15, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy 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.


CATFIGHT COWGIRL (Race 5 @GP, October 4, 2014, 5 furlongs turf, MSW) The favorite was squeezed and compromised at the start with the rider having to balance himself before proceeding. The two year old filly gradually moved forward in a professional manner, was behind a big wall about one pole before the stretch, was then moved extremely wide when entering the stretch to get a clear run, and after doing so proceeded to win. It could have been much worse for her foes.


PEACE AND WAR (Race 9@ KEE, October 3, 2014, 1 1/16 miles, Stakes) The eighth choice faced an immediate problem by drawing a far outside post, was then off slow and last to begin, held up slightly going into the turn then went to the rail. She followed along on the inside for the entire backstretch run far behind the leaders. She began to rally with apparent ease in the turn and was widest of all throughout the turn before moving to the middle of the pack where she had to slow down because of traffic. She was then bumped and steadied near the furlong marker, eventually swung out and had room, even though in tight quarters, to make a run. She displayed a great turn of foot and professionally ran down the leader to win at big odds. This was a great effort for a juvenile filly.


SUBPOENA (Race 9 @LRL, October 4, 2014, 1 1/16 miles turf, Allowance 1X) The sixth choice was forced to take up with a few others when those on the outside part of the gate all moved inward when the starter sent them away. The mugging at the start forced her and one more to start last and remain far back early which cost her at least a dozen lengths. She gradually made progress on the rail and was in mid-pack when entering the turn, shifted to the center of the course midway in turn and began to bid for the front of the pack a the top of the stretch, unfortunately holes closed everywhere and she was steadied off heels around the furlong marker, eventually got free and ran a terrific race to finish second by only a length.

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