AGOS Horses to Watch – Jan. 1, 2017

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes & Horses to Watch for AGOS Visitors

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.

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.

Ide Ball named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comIde Ball took the Fairgrounds’ 14th race last Friday (March 30, 2012) and won like a favorite should. The chestnut gelding was always breathing down the neck of the pacesetter and took the lead at the 3/16 pole to win the State Bred Optional $25,000 race in the New Orleans night. Entered to be claimed, Ide Ball and rider Rosie Napravnick zipped the six furlongs in 109.92 and returned $3.40 to her backers. The seven year old is trained by Tom Amoss and owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds. The win was the 15th career victory for the Louisiana bred, who has now amassed over $400,000 in career earnings. Ide Ball has finished in the money an impressive 27 times from 41 starts.

-Art Parker, author of the 2012 edition “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns”