AGOS Horses to Watch – March 15, 2016

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes

Horses to Watch for Visitors

B sure and make note of these runners. They showed some type of trouble, had a compromised trip, or look to be coming into their own. Best of luck !


Memory Keeper (AQU Race #4 – 3/5/16 – #4 – 6f) – He was sent off the post time favorite, and was in the hands of Jose Ortiz. – He looked fine from the break and Ortiz had to give him his cure early. he played chase, and ran an even 4th. He fits the “beaten favorite” angle and ran an even effort. Even though the race was uneventful, I think we’ll see a better run next up. He appeared to have his mind on something else this day.

Dance Champion (AQU Race #5 – 3/5/16 – #4 – 6f) – Irad Ortiz had the call this day, and was involved in a three-way pinball bumping match. Ortiz swung him into the two path to get his bearings straight and went a bit too wide when the real running began. Another “beaten favorite” player, and punters from all walks love to get better value next trip to the races.

Casiguapo (AQU Race #6 – 3/5/16 – #8 – 1 mile and 70 yards) –  Kendrick Carmouche for trainer David Cannizzo, and this runner lost quite a bit of ground from the start. Jumpin Frac Flash jumped inward at the start, and squeezed back Casiguapo just as they sprung the latch. The part that caught my gambler’s eye was how well this runner got it all together and made a six wide bid. He didn’t lose interest on this day, and I won’t next time he goes to post.

Fair Grounds

Jokasa (FG Race #3 – 3/5/16 – #2 – 5 1/2f on the turf) – underrated rider Cisco Torres had the assignment, and filly looked pretty sharp down the backstretch. Patiently handled and once Torres went to the stick she responded immediately. She showed good effort down the lane and looks like a solid play next up.

Hey Meestermeester (FG Race #4 – 3/5/16 – #3 -6f on the dirt) – Richard Eramia was the reins man, and his runner broke through the gate and ran a furlong prior to the start. Once they wrangled down the speedster and the vet looked him over. He loaded back into the starting gate. When the starter sprung the latch he broke awkwardly and spotted the field extra lengths. Eramia never pushed to get him back into action and wrapped up and saved it for another day.  Thinking back, when he broke the gate and tossed the rider he looked like his tail was on fire. His speed will return next up and all he has to do is behave in the starting gate.

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Rich Nilsen is an 18-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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