Off The Charts Trip Notes – October 3, 2013

The exclusive and free feature Off the Charts Trip Notes (Oct. 3, 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.

Churchill Downs

SONG OF LIFE (Race 11@CD, September 28, 2013, 7 furlongs, Claiming $5,000) The fifth choice in a very competitive field ran well along the inside, had to wait slightly before the turn, and then midway in the turn when showing run and advancing, was forced to check abruptly in the area of the 5/16th pole losing ground. The gelding came back to gain third, and while no match for the top two after the incident, ran well to keep the show spot about 4-5 lengths from the top pair.

Kentucky Downs

PLAYITAGAIN HOWIE (Race 5@KD, September 25, 2013, 6 furlongs turf, Claiming $25,000) The fifth choice in a very large field was traveling well near the front when he was forced to steady and check hard early in the turn. About a 1/16th of a mile later he was forced to steady again and fell back losing all interest.

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AUGUST OSAGE (Race 4@LRL, September 25,2013, 6 furlongs, Claiming $25,000) The second choice in the field stumbled at the start and immediately went to last. He made a good run into the turn when coming from last advancing to a few lengths behind the leaders. He ran well from there to finish third after spotting the leaders several lengths.


MAGIC HARBOR (Race 2@PRX, September 23, 2013 6 ½ furlongs, Claiming $25,000 3L) The favorite was running from off the pace as expected and was close behind the other 5 competitors, which were spread across the track at the 3/16th pole. MAGOIC HARBOR has plenty of run to overtake the field. He tried to go in one hole but was shut off and then waited for another. Unable to go to the rail or wide, MAGIC HARBOR was forced to wait behind the field all the way to the wire, finished fourth but still reasonably close.

Presque Isle

PRIVACY INVASION(Race 5@PID, September 24, 2013, 6 ½ furlongs, Claiming $7,500) The favorite broke slow and then appeared very sluggish in the opening furlong. He eventually caught the tip of the field after being far, far back. He proceeded to rally well but was forced 8-10 wide throughout the majority of the turn and into the stretch he was by far, the widest of all. Gained significant ground in the final quarter mile but settled for the show spot.

CITRUS DRIVE (Race 6@PID, September 25, 2013, 6 ½ furlongs, MSW) The favorite was forced in at the break and then sandwiched between runners causing him to drop back to last. He stayed along the rail and advanced to the third flight. Moving into the turn he advanced further and moved outside, widest of all in the turn. He hit the stretch about 7-8 wide and rallied very well top win. The victory could have been easier and by much more with a clean trip.


HEZA FOX (Race 2@SUF, September 25, 2013, 5 ½ furlongs, Claiming $5,000) The favorite broke thru the gate before the race, then broke slow while starting from the extreme outward post. Moving into the turn he advanced quickly passing others and gaining the lead before the top of the stretch and put the field away, winning easily by 4 lengths.


D’WILDCATS GOLD (Race 6@WO, September 25,2013, 1 1/16 miles, Claiming $20,000) The fifth choice, receiving Lasix for the first time, stayed close to the rail and raced close up into and through the first turn and for almost all of the backstretch, but found herself boxed in when the field moved into the far turn and she dropped back nearly last. Midway in the turn the apprentice rider moved her through along the rail and she was very near the leader when the field arrived at the 3 /16th pole. Unfortunately the front flight moved over enough toward the rail where she had to pull back slightly and was forced to wait. She could not get to the outside and was in a waiting mode until the 1/16th pole. She was able to move out enough to rally and she finished fourth only a length from victory.

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