AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – Feb. 1

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GULFSTREAM PARK

PARTNER’S HOPE (Race 2 at Gulfstream Park, Jan. 23, 2021) – This was a live longshot tabbed by my buddy Justin Dew over at LoneSpeed.com.  Unfortunately, the 11-1 shot was ridden by Corey Lanerie, who gives more bad rides than a 10lb bug boy.  The maiden runner began to make a huge move heading into the far turn when Lanerie rode him up on the heels of a horse, causing a hard steady and loss of 2-3 lengths in precious momentum.  He re-rallied on the inside down the lane was only beaten over  a length for all the money.  Look for this More Than Ready colt on the dirt or turf with – hopefully – a different rider up next time.

TWICE TOO MANY (Race 6 at Gulfstream Park, Jan. 28, 2021) – This well bred first time starter from the Bryan Lynch barn was bet down to 4/5 after the late scratch of the favorite.  The 3yo son of the speedy The Big Beast is bred to win early.  He’s a half a millionaire Patternrecognition, along with several other early winners.  In his debut here he broke in 4th and then moved up between horses on the far turn but the winner for Mark Casse ran away from the field.  He’ll move forward off this start and win soon for Lynch.

OAKLAWN PARK

HIDDEN SCROLL (Race 7 at Oaklawn Park, Jan. 24, 2021) – This ‘over hyped’ runner who has simply never lived up to the reputation that he garnered early in his career.  However, over the winter he moved into the barn of potent trainer Brad Cox, who as we say ‘has the Midas touch.”  He returned in a 6 furlong allowance race in the mud and had a less than ideal trip.  He was shuffled back early and then steadied briefly on the backstretch, all the time with the jock half standing up in the irons.  His feet were on the dashboard, indicating his mount was loaded for bear.  When asked, Hidden Scroll swept up 5 wide on the turn and then cruised  to an easy score.  Next up a return to stakes company.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

SUCCESSFUL LEGACY (Race 3 at Tampa Bay, Jan. 9, 2021) – 3yo filly making third lifetime start and only 2nd on the dirt looked like a winner in deep stretch but was run down by her stablemate.  Gerald Bennett runner can dirt or turf.

JOE MAN JOE ( (Race 6 at Tampa Bay, Jan. 9, 2021) – The son of Uncle Mo closed like a freight train in his maiden breaking win at Tampa early in the meet, and then came back here to run a very nice 2nd on the turf behind a well meant Michael Trombettea runner that shipped up from Gulfstream Park.    Figures tough at 1x level on dirt or turf next out.

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SANTA ANITA

CHARMAINE’S MIA (Race 8 at Santa Anita, Jan. 9, 2021) – Moved into the barn of Phil D’Amato and what do you know – the mare improved by leaps and bounds.  At 16-1 odds she dominated a very strong group here that included multiple stakes winners.  There is no reason she can’t keep running big in turf sprints for her new outfit.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

JUSTLYREWARDED (Race 6 at Tampa Bay Downs, Jan 6, 2021) – Broke from a tough outside post and then raced wide throughout.  Worse yet, the 7yo gelding was racing against the grain of an inside speed bias.  Better-than-it looks 4th place finish for owner/trainer Peter Knoll.

MY BROTHERSLEDGE (Race 7 at Tampa Bay Downs, Jan 6, 2021) – The best closer in this turf race  made a strong early run against the eventual wire to wire winner.  The 6oy was the only horse with a shot down the stretch but had to settle for 2nd.  He ran a ‘winning race’ with new jockey Hector Diaz in the irons.

 

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BELMONT PARK

JACK AND NOAH (Race 9 @Belmont, Jne 19, 2020) – This 3yo son of Bated Breath is a very, very fast early.  He utilized that speed to run his rivals off their feet in this $80,000 stakes going 6 furlongs on the grass.  Throw out his 1 mile start on Jan. 26, and this colt’s sprint record is rock solid on the lawn.

INDIANA DOWNS

CIELO AZUL (Race 5 @Indiana, June 23, 2020) – 3yo gelding making first start since 2yo season ran a huge race here.  After not showing much in two starts in 2019, he had been training well and nearly pulled off the 10-1 shocker of a dropper from Tampa.

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GULFSTREAM PARK

NO NO NINA (Race 1 @GP, May 7, 2020) – Clement major dropped broke a length slow and that cost her in this 5 furlong turf dash.  The More Than Ready filly still ran well and can move forward off this race, only her third career effort.

PRINCESS SECRET (Race 2 @GP, May 7, 2020) – First timer by Khozan broke quickly on top and then was game throughout as she was pressured from the 3/8th pole home.   Extra impressive given that the Pita barn never wins with debut runners.

COUPLE OF NIKKIS (Race 4 @GP, May 7, 2020) – Not one of Tyler G’s best rides as this filly took up sharply at the 3/8th pole and was in traffic, losing her best chance.  She’s had two tough trips in a row now.  I’ll give her another chance at the $16,000 maiden turf level.

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TAMPA BAY DOWNS

NEAT STREET (Race 7 at Tampa, May 8, 2020) – Just a poor turf ride from jockey Ademar Santos.  He had this 3yo gelding in traffic throughout and just never had him comfortable or with a clean chance to run.  Also-ran performance from the Bennett barn is not as bad as it looks.

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BELMONT PARK

PROMISE ME ROSES (Race 1 @Belmont, Sept.  20, 2019) – Gary Gullo runner rallied from well back and was absolutely flying late under Jose Lezcano.  She just missed catching the 6/5 favorite at the wire.  She is rounding into form for a sharp outfit.

GULFSTREAM PARK

FRERET (Race 3 @GP, Sept.  20, 2019) – Ducked out at start of this maiden claiming turf race and received a questionable ride from low percentage Alvaro Donis.  Came home well but belatedly for third in a better-than-it-looks performance.  Would benefit from a major rider switch.

BION MAGIC (Race 7 @GP, Sept. 19, 2019) – This 2yo filly had worked well prior to her debut.  She got off to a slow start from her rail post, but she rushed up on the backstretch, took command and scored an impressive victory.  Could be a nice one for the Vinson family.

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CANTERBURY PARK

WHY GOD (Race 10 @CBY, 9/14/19) – Broke from an impossible tough post going two turns and consequently went very wide into that first turn.  Flew home late on the rail, belatedly, but galloped out in front of the winner in a sneaky good performance.

GULSTREAM PARK

HEAR MY PRAYER (Race 5 @GP, 9/5/19) – 2nd time starter from David Fisher loved the move to the grass.  The half sibling to 2 grass winners went quickly to the front in this 5 furlong dash and never looked back.  2yo filly is by The Big Beast who was very fast.

GAMBLA (Race 6 @GP, 9/5/19) – Debut runner from Hess barn that usually doesn’t fire first time out.  3yo filly broke poorly from the rail but finished sneaky well in a good performance.  Sports a nice pedigree.  Can move forward.

KENTUCKY DOWNS

TALAALAH (Race 7 @ KD, 9/12/19) – This 4yo Candy Ride filly has some good figs at the maiden special weights level on the grass but was given a tough task stretching out to 1 mile in this good field.  Look for the cut back to 6 furlongs or thereabouts.

ARCHIDUST (Race 9 @ KD, 9/12/19) – Undefeated turf runner broke dead last from the rail in this full field feature event.  Sophomore colt rallied sneaky well to a respectable finish in a race that is much better than it looks.

 

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CHURCHILL DOWNS

RY’S THE GUY (Race 7 @Churchill, June 29, 2019) – This 3yo colt from the Ian Wilkes barn made his turf debut in this tough $92k allowance race.  A half to SIX turf winners, the son of Distorted Humor did not disappoint.  He finished strong to catch the lone speed and draw off at the wire.  Big future ahead.

TOTALLY BOSS (Race 9 @Churchill, June 29, 2019) – 4yo Street Boss gelding absolutely flew home in the final 1/8th to just miss to the talented turf sprinter Om.   Trainer Rusty Arnold has this runner in sharp form for his next grass outing.

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BELMONT PARK

DOUBLE ORB (Race 1 @BEL, June 7).  This first time starter from the Steve Asmussen barn had no difficulty with the tough 7 furlong distance as he crushed a field of talented prospects.  Big future for the runner from the Maktoum barn.

SEPARATIONOFPOWERS (Race 5 @BEL, June 7).   Last year’s G1 Test winner is back on her game.  She spotted weight to a good field that included Breeders’ Cup runner-up Chalon, and she destroyed them in ultra impressive fashion.  A Grade 1 stakes should be on the agenda in the near future.

BIG BELLA BROWN (Race 7 @BEL, June 1).  This son of Big Brown exited a key race but faced a difficult fast pace scenario.  Despite that the Mike Maker trainee ran a very game race to finish second to the logical closer.   Excels on wet tracks.

 

GULFSTREAM PARK 

RED CARATS (Race 2 @GP, June 1).  Sammy Camacho, who is a good jockey, absolutely butchered the ride on the most likely winner in this field.  Had the maiden in all sorts of traffic issues and never had a chance to fully run his best race.  Can rebound at the cheap $10,000 maiden claiming level.

 

MONMOUTH PARK

STANDARD DEVIATION (Race 9 at MTH, June 1).  Son of Curlin looked like a new horse on the switch to the turf.  A half to one grass winner, the 3yo easily handled a field of proven turf runners.  Awad Stakes winner Empire Of War was a no-threat 2nd to the Chad Brown trainee that went off a juicy price.

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AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – June 5

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PIMLICO

COMPLETED PASS (Race 12 @PIM, May 17, 2019).  The Robert Bone-owned runner has a bright, bright future.  The son of Pass Rush exited wickedly fast pace at Laurel and came back and won on the Black Eyed Susan’s card.  This 5yo could develop into one of the best turf sprinters in the land.

PLEASE FLATTER ME (Race 8 @PIM, May 17, 2019) – 3yo Munnings filly had no chance against the likes of Covfefe, who broke the track record in 1.07.70.  Look for this Mark Reid back in against softer company.  Can  sprint or route up to one mile.

CREATIVE ARTIST (Race 1 @PIM, May 18, 2019) – broke from tough outside post in turf debut, off the 6+ month layoff (trainer only 7%).  This was a first time gelding and he finished strong to be a close third in a competitive field. Can move forward back on turf.

HIP HOP (Race 4 @PIM, May 18, 2019) – 4yo Drosselmeyer filly loves the grass and ran big again on the Preakness undercard.   What won’t show in the Past Performance is that she spotted 16lbs to the winning 3yo.  I don’t care how far the race is; that’s significant.  Next start for this runner is her third of the year.

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AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – 4/16/19

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Keeneland

SUENO – (4/31/19, Race 9 at KEE, Lexington Stakes) – continues to get less-than-ideal rides from Corey Lanerie. He had this colt in traffic on the backstretch and then went very wide turning for home in the Lexington Stakes. Finished willingly in a sneaky good 3rd place effort. Keith Desormeaux charge may benefit from a new rider.

Tampa Bay Downs

JOSIE’S RIDDLE (4/12/19, Race 7 at TAM) – 4yo Ontario-bred gelding was making first start off the claim for John Rigattieri and handled the rise in class without any trouble.  Honest runner is in razor sharp form for new outfit.  Handles dirt, turf or all-weather.

ZACAPA RUN (4/12/19, Race 8 at TAM) – This 3yo loves the grass and has picked up a major check in all four attempts.  Gray gelding finished well for second but had no chance behind the lone speed winner ridden by Antonio Gallardo.  Very tough at the 2-life claiming level on the grass.