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.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Jan. 12, 2017

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes for AGameofSkill.com visitors.  A free horses to watch list

Aqueduct

12/17/16

Race #4 – Proud Lily – 6f dirt

First time starter and she brushed the starting gate at the break and was forced to rush up. Once the rider got her settled, she put in a game effort finishing a solid 4th. She’ll benefit from this race for future trips to the paddock.

Race #7 – Sir Alfred – 6f dirt

Jose Ortiz had his bumped around at the start and he rushed him up to grab a short lead. Ortiz settled him nicely, and he finished an honest 4th this day. – Good things are coming for this runner from the Todd Pletcher barn.

Tampa Bay Downs

12/16/16

Race #2 – High Pitch – 1 1/16 dirt

This filly shipped in from Presque Isle and stumbled badly at the start and was forced to take up off heels. She was heavily backed at the windows and sometimes it takes two efforts off of the synthetic to get acclimated to the dirt.

Race #7 – Dreamup – 1 mile and 40 yards

This daughter of Bernardini shipped in from Keeneland for the Eoin Harty barn. – Paco Lopez was on cruise control winning by 5 lengths and looked to have plenty in the tank. – Right back off the impressive win she deserves a playback at the windows.

 

Gulfstream Park

12/16/16

Race #1 – Eklipsado – 1 mile dirt

This runner jumped right to the lead and duked it out down the backstreet. He bumped his rival and  was DQ’ed from the win and placed second. Edgard Zayas was aboard and I love to play back a winner who was disqualified. They know how to win and I see the next effort firing right back.

Race #5 – Golden Point – 1 1/16 turf

Shipper from Churchill who was a beaten favorite this day. The hot hand of Antonio Gallardo was forced to go five wide and still managed a quick finish for the show spot this day. – Be on the look out for this runner as he’ll be sure to give you plenty to cheer about.

Race #7 – Break Away – 7 1/2f turf

Paco Lopez had his filly stalking down the backstretch when she clipped heels with another runner and lost the rider. She was backed heavily at the windows and she’ll be looking for payback next time out.

Turfway Park

1/1/17

Race #1 –Rocco Solid – 1 mile on the AW

Susan Anderson trainee was restless in the gate and broke poorly. He made up a heap of ground around the far turn and was bested by a nose in the shadow of the wire. – Just a clean trip for this guy and you’ll see something special down the lane.

Race #2 – Devil Alert – 6 1/2f on the AW

John McKee in the irons for Dan O’Hallaron. They shipped in from Fairmount Park and this mare was flat out rolling in the final stages of the race. The pace was pretty hot for this level and the next time you see her in the entries bet with both hands.

Race #4 – Que Hansen – 1 mile on the AW

Albin Jimenez aboard for Mike Maker and she did everything perfect except get beat by a nose at the wire. She was sent off the odds-on chalk for Dr. Kendall Hansen, and it looks like he is getting ready to have a great year with some talented runners in his barn.

Race #5 –  Fancy is My Name – 5f on the AW

Ten pound apprentice Shelbi Kurtz broke well and settled in nicely along the rail. Once she saw her mount didn’t have the speed to set the pace, she dropped over to the rail and tried to respond for minor awards. – Both horse and rider need a playback off this race, and keep your eyes peeled for this young and up and coming rider. She’s gonna’ do just fine and when she gets a leg up from her grandpa trainer Rick Jordan they

Turfway Park

12/31/16

Race #1 – Perfect Passion – 5f on the AW

Churchill shipper for Mike Maker was sent off the odds-on favorite, and she was circling 6 wide on the final turn showing good interest down the lane. She’ll mature nicely and Maker will have her ready to roll next up. – She is a three-year-old now, and I’m looking for good things to come from the red-hot Maker barn.

Race #8 – Belvin – 1 mile on the AW

Thom Drury runner had the services of Albin Jimenez back from Tampa Bay Downs for the winter. They broke from the outside post and this may not have worked to their favor. The Drury barn is known for getting a runner ready off an average effort and this one fits the bill perfectly. Finishing 4th going five wide into the final turn, and coming up short looks like a race to build on.

are looking for her first win picture. From two mounts she has a solid third place finish to her credit.

AGOS Horses to Watch – April 8, 2016

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Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill.com Visitors

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.

AGOS Horses to Watch – April 6, 2016

Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill visitors

You’ll want to commit these runners to memory as they may offer up a bit of value next time they enter the starting gate.

Aqueduct

Japhir (AQU Race #2 – 3/26/16 – #5 – 1 mile 70 yards dirt) – Manny Franco in the saddle for Bill Mott, and they were settled in stalking behind a dawdling pace. When they turned 1:16.3 for 3/4, he looked to have his work cut out. – The slow fractions usually play against the closers, and he finished up gamely splitting runners trying to wheel in the chalk leader from the Pletcher barn. – Give him an honest pace, and he’ll stalk the leader and inhale them down the lane.

Gulfstream Park

Ousby (GP Race #5 – 3/26/16 – #6 – 1 mile on the turf) –  Nik Juarez up for trainer Marcus Vitali, and they have been the talk for awhile for the solid team they have become. This son of Shakespeare got himself a little tight at the 1/4 pole and had to shift over to the rail and await room. He finished with a solid effort, but a little cleaner lane would have been very welcome by the punters.

 Our Azure (GP Race #5 – 3/25/16 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the dirt ( Originally scheduled for the turf)) – Jockey Eddie Nunez struggled with his filly down the backstretch, and appeared to have trouble getting her to settle down. Once she got comfortable, she put in a very nice effort going past the chalk only to be bested late in the lane. She may be better suited with a solid gate break, and hopefully we’ll see a little better price.

What Power (GP Race #2 – 4/2/16- #8 – 1 mile on the turf)  Paco Lopez had the call, and he ran into trouble in the first turn and had to check up. Lopez saved ground and looked for a hole to make his charge and was all dressed up and no place to go with his mount. – Once he shook loose, he made a solid bid for minor awards. A clean trip may be just what the doctor ordered.

Songoficeandfire (Race #11 – 4/2/16 – #7 – 1 1/8 on the turf) –  Junior Alvarado had the call, and his mare settled out nicely and  saved ground along the rail. He looked to have his charge in a good spot when he waited for a seem to open at the top of the lane. Well, it never appeared in a timely fashion, and bottled her up until she finally saw daylight and exploded for a strong bridesmaid effort. – I’ll bet dollars to donuts she’ll tip off the rail nearing the 1/4 pole and give them fits down the stretch.

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Fair Grounds

Susie Bee (FG Race#6 – 3/26/16 – #10 – 1 1/6 on the turf) – top rider Javier Castellano in the saddle for Mike Maker. She was kept in under a hammer lock of a hold waiting for room down the backstretch. Once she shifted off the rail looking for a lane, she brushed against Christie’s Ready and never found full stride but managed to still show very good interest to finish up with good energy.

Eagle (Race #7 – 3/26/16 – #10 – 1 1/8 on the dirt) –  Javier Castellano settled near the back of the pack and brushed repeatedly with Storm Driver into the first turn. – He relaxed a bit and was forced wide to find running room, and Castellano gave a “pop of the crop” to give a strong hand ride to the wire not using all the gas in the tank. – Next up gets has him soaring down the lane.

 

Oaklawn Park

Scout Leader (OP Race #3 – 3/31/16 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the main track) –  Joe Rocco did an excellent job making up a heap of ground, and dove to the inside rail as the eventual winner started drifting out inside the 16th pole. He ran a very game effort, and 2nd money on this day was a good indication of efforts to come. – He’ll be the major danger next up.

Roxy Rocket (Race #4 – 3/31/16 – #9 – 1 1/16 on the dirt) –  Julio Felix in the irons, and he closed stoutly down the outside under soft fractions. She circled up wide and once she leveled out Felix gave a strong effort to the wire. I filed this one under “running out of real estate.”

Turfway Park

Hughhoofner (TP Race #1 – 4/2/16 – #8 -6f on the poly track) –  John McKee in the saddle for this speedster, and he broke out before the start and expended some well needed energy. McKee sent the Bill Connelly charge in the four wide path about the 3/8th’s pole. – I watched him warm-up, and he looked better than a shiny penny. – Speed balls need all of their energy, and he left most of his on the track with the premature gate break.

AGOS Horses to Watch – March 15, 2016

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes

Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill.com 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 !

Aqueduct

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.

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Jan. 20, 2016

Here are some runners that deserve a good hard look next time they hit the track.

AQUEDUCT

Between the Lines (Aqueduct – 1/16/16/ – Race 8 – #3 – 6f on the inner track) – Jock Harry Hernandez had the call and was finishing very nicely as they turned for home. – His mount was running green down the lane and was weaving in and out all the while making solid strides in 57.4 and 110.4. – I think a little better trip moves him up greatly, and he’ll rebound off the dreaded beaten favorite angle.

Kayleigh’s Road (Aqueduct – 1/14/16 – Race #2 – #3 – One mile inner track) – apprentice jockey Eric Cancel was aboard this filly, and she went down to her nose right out of the starting gate. The rider did a great job staying aboard, and in the comment section noted she bled. She had taken plenty of public backing, and with a clean break the results may shake out better.

Adestria (Aqueduct – 1/14/16 – Race #6 – #5 – 6f on the inner track) –  Jose Ortiz had the call for Mike Hushion, and she came out of the gate just a bit off, and picked up the bit immediately. She received a solid ride and butted heads with the eventual winner to be a bridesmaid on this day. – I liked her motion, and the way she professionally picked up her game gives me something to look for next out.

Panfila (Aqueduct – 1/15/16 – Race #4 – #1 – Panfila – 6f on the inner track) – Finger Lakes pro Jaime Rodriguez in the irons, and she duked it out with the leader down the backstretch. The rider was forced to take hold of his mount and drop over to the rail quickly. Once clear, he gave a good account of his mount and finished second. – I like to call this a “knocking on the door effort” and she should improve off this race.

GULFSTREAM PARK

Securitiz (Gulfstream Park -1/15/16 – Race #8 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the dirt) –  Javier Castellano had the call for James Jerkins. It appeared that all systems were go over the sloppy sealed track, when J.J. lost his whip while making the winning move. – Now who can say this caused him to lose, but it sure didn’t help as well. Scorch ( the eventual winner) dropped over to the rail and safely kept to task.  Son of Tizway was making a 1st off the layoff run, and had been working well in the mornings at PMM.   Look for the connections to get the job done next up.

SANTA ANITA

Agustina De Aragon (Santa Anita – 1/16/16 – race 6 #9 – 1mile turf) – First off the claim for trainer Doug O’Neill and reuniting with apprentice David Carlos Lopez, this mare ran a fine second for the new connections.  Rallied behind a gate to wire winner and was 2nd best in this competitive field of $40,000 claimers.

 

Bridge To Nowhere named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comComing off a poor performance six weeks ago in a $10,000 starter handicap race, Bridge To Nowhere won the closing race at Aqueduct Saturday afternoon. Contestants ran the mixed conditions, one mile race for a tag of $10,000. The 5 year old, owned by Hedgebright Stables, was sixth at the quarter pole and rallied to eventually win by a half length under rider Ruben Silvera. Trained by Glenroy Brown, the gelding finished the mile in 139.71 and paid $9.80 to win. Bridge To Nowhere, who was sired by Well Noted, has now won 10 times, accumulated 23 in the money finishes from 36 lifetime starts and has career earnings of approximately $150,000.

— Art Parker, author of “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns – 2012 Spring Meet edition”

Fastus Cactus named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comSix-year-old Fastus Cactus took the honor of Claimer of the Week with an impressive victory in the sixth race at Aqueduct Saturday afternoon. The winner paid $3.40 in the $7,500 claiming event. Fastus Cactus left the gate and owned the lead at the blink of an eye. The Cactus Ridge gelding took the field coast to coast with very limited urging from rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. He completed the six furlongs in 111.64 and won by nearly three lengths. Trained by Bruce Levine and owned by Saul and Max Kupferberg, Fastus Cactus now has career earnings that exceed $240,000 from 29 starts. He has won 9 races and finished in the money 19 times. The speedy chestnut was claimed out of the race by Glenridge Stable and trainer Joseph L. Signore, Jr. It is the fourth time Fastus Cactus has been claimed in 7 months.

-Art Parker

New York’s “Ezzy” named AGameofSkill.com Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comEzzy disposed of the goose eggs in his 2011 earnings box (5-0-0-0, $4,126) with an impressive performance in the sixth race at Aqueduct on Saturday, December 10th. Ezzy was ready to roll in his second race after a layoff, and the drop from $15,000 to a mixed condition race for $7,500 was just what the doctor ordered. Ezzy wasn’t the only class dropper in the field. His early speed proved an advantage over others as he captured the lead from the gate. Midway in the turn Ezzy disposed of a Monmouth shipper and opened up at the quarter pole when asked by apprentice Irad Ortiz, Jr. The 5 year old gelding dashed to the wire in a professional manner and was never threatened by the heavily backed favorite. Ezzy finished the six panels in 1:11 3/5.

Trainer Rudy Rodriguez sharpened Ezzy and prepared him to run on the Inner Dirt at Big A with a solid half-mile breeze on that surface ten days before race day.  The dark bay or brown gelding by Rizzi is owned by Linda S. Hayes. The winner paid $10.00 to win. A runner with a ton of back class, Ezzy’s career earnings now exceed $150,000 with five victories from 20 starts.

Ezzy is the first ever recipient of the AGameofSkill.com Claimer of the Week.