AGOS Horses to Watch – Feb. 21, 2017

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes and Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill.com visitors.  Put some or all of these runners in your Stable Alert account.

Tampa Bay Downs

2/11/17

Sam F. Davis Stakes – Tapwrit – 1 1/16 miles dirt

Up and coming three year old colt raced inside and then, just when about to make a move, he got blocked by favorite McCracken’s winning move. Altered course in the stretch and finished well, actually galloping out past the winner in track record time.

 

Gulfstream Park

1/28/17

Race #3 – Genre – 7f dirt

John Velasquez in the saddle for Todd Pletcher as they brought a daughter of Bernardini to post. 2nd start off the shelf and was cutting back from the one mile distance. She stumbled at the start and was carried out wide down the backstretch. She got her action back and made a strong late rally to settle as the bridesmaid this day.

Race #5 – Madefromlucky – 1 1/8 dirt

Javier Castellano in the irons for Todd Pletcher and they were making his second start off an 8 month layoff. He was travelling wide down the backstretch and at the 5/16th’s he clipped heels losing all action. Jockey Castellano helped him rebound and displayed a quick turn of foot down the lane finishing 3rd.

Race #8 – Blind Ambition – 7f dirt

This son of Tapit was a first time starter from the Pletcher barn. John Velasquez had the call and owned a solid clip of morning works at Palm Beach Downs. He was sent off the odds-on favorite and stumbled badly leaving the starting gate. No worries here as Team Pletcher owns a solid record with second effort runners.

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Race #9 – #3 – Long on Value – 5f on the turf

Joel Rosario in the driver’s seat for Bill Mott. He was making his first start in two months and was far back in the field. He unleashed a furious rally late in the lane getting bested a 1/2 length. There are good things to come from the Bill Mott barn.

Race #11 – Sadler’s Joy – 1 1/2 on the turf

Julien Leparoux for Thom Albertrani. This son of top turf stallion Kitten’s Joy had been off for two months and was forced three wide gaining rapidly. He was under a full head of steam and was beaten a head for the whole prize. This turfer needs a play right back for the winning score!

Pegasus World Cup – Shaman’s Ghost – 1 1/8 dirt

The $12 million dollar Pegasus World Cup focused on the battle between Arrogate and California Chrome. The race did not disappoint with a strong effort by the winner and offered up some runners for future races. Jose Ortiz was aboard for James Jerkins and Ortiz ran a winner’s race but caught a real monster with Arrogate. Give him a little class relief taking on anyone but Arrogate, and we’ll have another runner who’ll have a strong 2017 campaign.

Aqueduct

1/21/17

Race #4 – Carthon – 1 mile on the inner track

Antonio Gallardo was the rider, and this was the first time his mount had blinkers. Trainer Gary Sciacca may have been looking for some changes as he switched riders and made an equipment change. He was stretching out in distance and broke awkward fighting his rider down the backstretch. This colt is on target to reward his backers and get his diploma at a price.

Turfway Park

1/21/17

Race #6 – #12 – Hollywood Talent – 6 1/2f on the AW

Presque Isle invader shipped in on a cutback in distance. This was his first start in 7 months and top jock Albin Jimenez was in the irons. This was the Forego Stakes, and a good payday was on the table. Down the lane he was closing in high gear and was bumped soundly twice by eventual winner Crewman. There were three objections and still no change to the order of finish. Rule this race to bad luck, and he’ll reward his backers at a handsome price as he was 19-1 this day and just missed.

Race #7 – #5 – Miss O’Meara – 6f on the AW

Perry Ouzts in the drivers seat and just missed last time out. Ouzts was in perfect position against the rail down the backstretch and was forced to steady sharply. He shifted out four wide and came up a little shy. Come right back with this gal and she’ll make amends.

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Fair Grounds

12/26/16

Race #1 – #3 – King of Honour – 1 mile dirt

He was in great tracking mode under Colby Hernandez and was forced to check up sharply at the 7/8th’s pole. Top notch trainer Karl Broberg claimed this runner, and he’ll be worth a great play next out.

Race #2 – #2 – Red Hot Cherry – 1 mile turf

She was bumped hard at the break and settled out nicely. Right at the 3/16th’s pole she was forced to steady and run wide. She still finished up a solid second on this day.

Race #3 – #6 – Right Squall – 6f dirt

Cisco Torres was in the irons aboard the odds-on favorite, and bumped strongly at the break. Torres found his best stride and made a strong run to win the race. Red-hot trainer Joe Sharp claimed him off this effort and he does very well new comers to his barn.

Race #8 – #8 – Wyeth – 5 1/2 f turf

Thom Amoss trainee who was bumped at the start and forced to take up off heels at the 3/16th’s pole. After this wide troubled trip he still managed a very good effort for the show spot.

Race #10 – #8 – Daddy’s Placer – 1 mile and 70 yards

Florent Geroux in the saddle for Thom Amoss and the two-year-old was wide on both turns and five wide into the lane. He’ll benefit from this effort and the barn will have all the screws tightened to go next out.

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Belmont Park

10/8/16

Race #2 – #2 – California Swing – 1m turf

Irad Ortiz was up for Christophe Clement and this colt saved ground and started to show good interest. For the next 1/8th of a mile they were caught in traffic and Ortiz was forced to tap on the brakes many times. Once free he spun three-wide and finished with a strong late kick.

Race #4 – #3 – Nonna Mela – 1 mile dirt

The (G-1) Frizette was a tough race and this gal bobbled at the start costing her precious ground as a highly wagered player in the field. Give her a clean trip and the outcome may be a little different.

Race #6 – #6 – Sea Calisi – 1 1/4 turf

She did very little wrong except hook a monster on the improve off the shelf in Lady Eli, one of the best turf distaffers we’ve seen over recent y ears. Calisi tipped off the rail and looked prepared to mount a challenge but the winner had more in the tank. This was a very good “builder” race where she can be counted on for improvement.

Race #7 – #6 – Power Alert – 6f turf

Mike Smith is the new Eddie Arcaro.  Both rode about 1/3 the mounts of their counterparts and mainly tacked up in the big money races. – He set the pace under salty fractions and was bested in the shadow of the wire. The best is yet to come for this sprinter.

Race #9 – #10 Beach Patrol – 1 1/8 turf

Florent Geroux is in the ‘zone.” He did everything right and was bested by a fast closing Camelot Kitten who had clear sailing about four wide with no traffic. Geroux fits and she’ll give them fits next out.

 

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Keeneland

10/8/16

Race #7 – #2 – Tepin – 1 mile turf

For the sake of being master of the obvious, this gal has plenty in the tank and didn’t burn her up chasing the leader. The likely Breeders’ Cup Mile favorite closed with good interest and will be a monster next out. The hardest part will be the waiting. Barring any last minute hiccups, Tepin is just fine and received a great deal of work from this race. Just think, she’ll be dreaming every night of chasing a leader who stole the race by ten around the far turn. She won’t disappoint, just be patient.

Race #9 – #8 – Ironicus – 1 mile turf

Jose Ortiz got motoring late around the final turn and brushed a nudge with Mondialiste. This little bump may have cost her the race as she hit another gear at the 1/8th pole kicking in the after-burners. No worries, Ortiz will move just a little sooner next out.

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Del Mar

Langham (7/15/16 – DMR Race #10 – #9 – 1 mile turf) – Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith up for John Sadler and this first timer made an explosive run on the far turn into average fractional times. Keep an eye for this guy next out as I think he’s going to get better with every outing.

Belmont Park

Bobby on Fleck (7/9/16 – BEL Race #1 – #5 – 6f on the main –  Irad Ortiz was the pilot for Chad Brown and these guys do very good work as a team winning (27%). This first timer was pretty impressive and deserves a good play right back. He came into the race with a resume of bullet works and drew off strongly at the 3/16 th’s pole  to win by six lengths. He may be a nice play right back moving up the ladder.

Eloweasel (BEL 7/9/16 – Race #2 – #6 – 1 mile turf)  Manny Franco’s mount broke open the gate prior to the start and just stood there.  Either the asst. starter gets a raise, or she just wasn’t ready this day. Once the gates broke she was two wide early and ventured out in the six path rounding the far turn. We’ll give her a pass on this one and look for a blockbuster price next out. Think of this as a teaching moment that will pay boxcars !

Economic Model (BEL 7/9/16 – Race #7 – #6 – 1 mile dirt) –  Irad Ortiz and Chad Brown once again and this son of Flatter came in 4/5 ITM travelling over four different tracks. Ever since the dismal display in the (G-2) Tampa Derby, he has come back to reel off to straight wins. The barn looks to have her figured out and will be pointing to the Spa where he broke his maiden last year. Good things are coming from this guy.

Indygita (BEL 7/16/16 – Race #2 – #4 – 1 mile turf) –  Irad Ortiz in the irons and his filly stumbled leaving the starting gate and was forced out wide at the 1/16th pole. Look for this gal to improve and get a better trip next out.

She Doesn’t Mind (BEL 7/17/16 – Race #8 – #9 – 1 mile turf) –  Javier Castellano in the saddle for Chad Brown and this race appeared to have her making up good ground.  Go back and take a harder look and you’ll see she was forced wide into the stretch and while trying to find her best stride was held up and blocked down the lane. She should give the fits next time out.

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Keeneland

Baytown Turls (KEE 4/8/16 – Race #1 – #5 – 4 1/2f dirt) –  Jack Gilligan aboard, and his runner broke inward in his first outing. He immediately gathered up his charge and save ground along the rail. At 32-1 he looked to be saving gas in the tank for his next effort, but decided to finish up strong against the fence.  I think we’ll see improvement, and maybe he’ll wheel back in the short Keeneland meet or take his talents to Churchill for a mdn victory.

Handiwork (KEE 4/8/16 – Race #3 – #4 – 6 1/2f dirt) –  Jesus Castanon had the call, and had dead-aim on the leaders down the lane. He brushed a bit which could have taken him out of his game, but gathered his stride and finished up with gusto. – By the time they past the finish line he was three lengths better. Shipped in from Fair Grounds, and these travelers do well overall at the Keeneland meeting.

Converge (KEE 4/8/16 – Race #9 – #7 – 1 1/16 turf) – top jock Javier Castellano in the irons for Chad Brown in the Transylvania Stakes. He was aboard a nice son of Sidney’s Candy and was making up ground at a solid clip along the inside after being way off the front runners. Just as he set sail, his efforts were compromised by being squeezed off by the #1 – Inspector Lynlee.  This was his second off the shelf since October, and maybe Team Brown will roll him right back over the lush Keeneland green.  If you don’t see him in Lexington, I bet he’ll head up to the Belmont greensward.

Kundray (KEE 4/9/16 – Race #3 – #6 – 1 mile on the turf) –  Julian Leparoux in the saddle aboard a Distorted Humor filly. She was getting first Lasix, and comes from the Michael Matz barn.  This New York-bred came rolling last out and as she shipped in from Gulfstream Park. She appeared to relish the footing and should make for a nice playback on this angle. Team Matz will have her tuned and ready to roll next up.

Commend (KEE 4/10/16 – Race #6 – #6 – 1 mile turf) –  red hot jockey Jose Lezcano in the saddle for Bill Mott, and they were making their forst start on the grass. This son of War Chant settled out nicely and stalked just off the leader. Lezcano hit the gas and accelerated quickly to open up a few lengths, and was eventually run down by the chalk #10 – American Patriot.   They way he took to the green was promising, and Lezcano did everything but win on this runner.   Next out he’ll benefit greatly from this race and be a handful down the lane.

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Aqueduct

Big Gillette (AQU Race #4 – 3/12/16 – #2 – 1 mile and 70 yards dirt) –  Kendrick Carmouche had the assignment for Rudy Rodriguez and his mount bobbled badly at the start and he recovered quickly to assume the lead and set the pace. The pace was quick and he tired down the lane to finish 3rd. A clean trip makes him hard to catch next out.

Send it In (AQU Race #5 – 3/12/16 – #1 – 1 mile and 70 yards dirt) –  Manny Franco in the irons for Todd Pletcher. This son of Big Brown stumbled at the break, and immediately picked up his game and set a solid pace. He was the winner of this race, and you’ll want to keep him on your “play right back” list as he showed incredible maturity recovering and getting his mind on business.

Best Play (AQU Race #7 – 3/12/16 – #2 – One mile dirt) –  Manny Franco in the saddle, and his mount was knocked around quite a bit after the gate break. He recovered, and showed a nice closing punch going three-wide around the far turn. I like the rider, and the trip shows good promise for players at the windows next up.

Gulfstream Park

Skippy is Back (GP Race #2 – 3/12/16 – #5 – 6f dirt) –  Vicente Gudiel was the pilot, and filly was pin-balled around leaving the starting gate. The rider got his filly to settle nicely and made a very nice four wide move around the entire far turn to show good late punch at (7-1).  You may see some nice value here next time she takes the track.

Put It Back Jack (GP Race #5 – 3/12/16 – #6 – 6f dirt) –  Eddie Castro’s mount was bumped around leaving the gate and pressed a solid pace. He was a “beaten favorite” this day after drawing off by three lengths, and punters from around the globe like to hammer runners looking for some pay back next up off this angle.