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.

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – March 6, 2016

Horses to Watch

Stay in tune for these runners when they saddle up for the races, as they are coming off a troubled trip and could offer up some great value.

Gulfstream Park

Street Grey (Race #3 – 2/27/16 – #3 – 1 1/16 on the main track) –  This son of Street Cry was making a third lifetime start and led all the way from the gate break. He had been facing some of the runners on the Triple Crown trail, and was a $750,000 Ocala sales purchase. He got a little leg weary and maybe a flat mile or 7 panels may be more to his liking after finishing third. Catch him if you can.

 

Lewis Bay (GP Race #5 – 2/27/16 – #4 – 1 mile) –  A very nice looking filly in the Davona Dale Stakes making her first start in over three months. Irad Ortiz was in Florida for the day, and had this assignment for the Chad Brown barn. – The field was tough as the (1-5) chalk Cathryn Sophia came to the races and did not disappoint. – Ortiz had his mount saving ground for most of the race, and worked off the rail shortly before the 1/4 pole and looked impressive. She accelerated nicely and was a bridesmaid on this day. – Chad Brown has a knack for getting runners to improve, and I’m looking for big things to come from this gal.

Divisidero (GP Race #8 – 2/27/16 – #2 – One mile on the turf) –  Edgar Prado had the call on this son of Kitten’s Joy making his first start in seven months. – “Buff” Bradley was interviewed in the paddock shortly before the race, and said his runner was “ready to roll” but may want a bit more ground. – They exited the (G-1) Belmont Derby travelling a 1 1/4, and after rolling late from the clouds any added distance will be welcome.

Niigon’s Edge (GP Race #11 – 2/28/16 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the main track) – Julien Leparoux in the saddle, and his mount was making his 2nd start off the layoff shipping in from Woodbine. He has been working well in the mornings, and finished strongly up the rail. – I would look for a big race coming soon as this runner will improve greatly off this effort.

Mahoning Valley

A Unique Lady (Race #3 – 2/27/16 – #4 – 6f on the dirt) – Jockey  Samuel Bermudez was in the saddle, and his filly was “boxed in” along the rail and had little room to run. She looked very fit on the track, and once she tipped off the rail for clear sailing she flashed great late foot. – Toss in the “beaten favorite” angle and we have a runner looking for some payback next time out.

Here’s the Scoop on the Largest Bronze Horse Sculpture in the World

Horse at GulfstreamAnyone who has been to Gulfstream Park recently or has driven by the track on  busy U.S. Highway 1 has certainly noticed the monster-size sculpture of a Pegasus-like horse at the entranceway.  What is this monstrosity?
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Claiming Crown day to be covered on Horse Racing Radio Network

HRRN TO PROVIDE LIVE CLAIMING CROWN COVERAGE FROM GULFSTREAM PARK SATURDAY

Broadcast will air nationwide on Sirius 93 and on HRRN website

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced today it will provide exclusive on-site coverage of the fourteenth Claiming Crown from Gulfstream Park this Saturday.

HRRN’s broadcast, presented by Kitten’s Joy standing at Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, KY will air live from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET and include coverage of all seven Claiming Crown stakes on Gulfstream’s opening day card.  Fans can tune in on Sirius channel 93 and via live streaming provided on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net.

In addition to the live race coverage, HRRN will host a special edition of their popular morning talk show, the Equine Forum, from Gulfstream Park on Saturday morning.  The Equine Forum airs live from 8-10 a.m. ET and can be heard on Sirius 93 – XM 209, HANK 96.1 FM in Lexington, KY and on the HRRN website.

HRRN President Mike Penna will anchor the coverage along with analyst Jude Feld.

A complete schedule with SiriusXM channel information can be found on the HRRN site.

Horseplayer wins $791,364 jackpot

Gulfstream Park grandstand copyright All Star Press 2012According to the Daily Racing Form, a bettor in Las Vegas hit the $791,364 jackpot in Sunday’s Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream Park. It is the highest single payoff on any wager in the history of the Hallandale Beach racetrack, and it was accomplished by a player making only a $2.40 wager.

The winner’s ticket was structured using the following type of combinations: 4 horses x 3 horses x single x single x single x two horses. The winning sequence was Kristina’s Slew ($26.60), Smokin Ali ($153.30), Livingston Street ($7.40), Running Wildcat ($13.20), Miss Montreal ($7.80), and Master Achievement ($18).

Day Celebrating Claiming Horses Moves to Gulfstream Park

Claiming Crown 2012Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida will host the 14th running of the Claiming Crown on the opening day of its 2012-2013 meet, Saturday, December 1, 2012.  The 2012 event will see a significant increase in purses to $850,000 for seven races with the individual race purses ranging from $100,000 to $200,000.  In addition to the six Claiming Crown races conducted at the 2011 event, the Tiara for fillies and mares on the turf will return this year.

“We’re ecstatic to play host to the 14th running of the Claiming Crown on opening day December 1,” said Gulfstream Park President and General Manager Timothy Ritvo.  “Horses competing in the claiming ranks are many of the toughest in the world. They’re game and they build loyal followings within the Thoroughbred community, whether with fans, owners or trainers.

“This is an important event to our chairman, Mr. Frank Stronach, and we’re very excited about kicking off our 2012-2013 season with the Claming Crown.  The management and staff at Gulfstream look forward working with the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.”

“The FHBPA Board of Directors thought that the purses for the Claiming Crown had become quite outdated and stale over its 13-year history, and thus, chose to significantly increase them.  The Board felt that if the Claiming Crown were to come to Gulfstream Park, it needed to be the best Claiming Crown ever,” said FHBPA Executive Director, Kent Stirling.  “We are proud to join with Gulfstream Park, the National HBPA and TOBA to revitalize this great day for our claiming horses.  Claiming horses are the backbone of our industry and deserve to be celebrated on their day with higher purses, and what we expect to be record setting live handle and simulcasting numbers.”

“We are excited and honored that Gulfstream Park has agreed to host the 2012 Claiming Crown,” said TOBA president Dan Metzger, who also serves as chairman of Claiming Crown Limited. “The enthusiasm and purse commitment from both Gulfstream Park and the Florida HBPA has been extraordinary and we believe that this year’s event promises to be our best yet.”

“The National HBPA is extremely pleased that this year the Claiming Crown will be hosted by Gulfstream Park and the Florida HBPA.  Their commitment to purses and a quality day of racing certainly elevates the Claiming Crown to a new level and will position it among the premier racing days of the year anywhere in the United States,” said Joe Santanna, President and Chairman of the National HBPA, one of the co-partners of the Claiming Crown.  “The Gulfstream Park Claiming Crown races provide horsewomen and horsemen across the country with an exceptional opportunity.”

Patterned after the Breeders’ Cup, Claiming Crown was designed to reward Thoroughbred racing’s “blue-collar” horses and will offer races at varying distances on both dirt and turf.
This will mark the first time Gulfstream Park has hosted the event, which debuted at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota in 1999.  Canterbury has hosted 10 of the first 13 renewals of the event.  The Claiming Crown was held at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing) in Bensalem, Pennsylvania in 2002, at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky in 2007 and Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2011.
Further details on the event’s race lineup, purse structure, nomination and entry deadline schedule and eligibility dates to be released soon.
The Claiming Crown is a partnership between the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.  The Claiming Crown was created to be the claiming horse owner’s Breeders’ Cup; a special racing event, created for the “average owner,” and featuring some of the most competitive horses in the country.  The Claiming Crown has been held annually since 1999. For more information about Claiming Crown please visit www.claimingcrown.com.
TOBA, based in Lexington, Kentucky, was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of Thoroughbred owners and breeders. TOBA’s mission is to “improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders.”  Projects managed by TOBA include the American Graded Stakes Committee, The Racing Game, Sales Integrity Program and Claiming Crown. TOBA is the owner of The Blood-Horse Inc., and is represented on the Board of Directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association as a founding member.
The National HBPA, based in Lexington, Kentucky, is the largest racing horsemen’s representative association in North America, with 30 affiliate organizations and over 30,000 member horsemen.  Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies, Equineline.com, and Horseman Labor Solutions are proud corporate partners of the National HBPA, and TVG is the official television partner of the National HBPA.

Radio Coverage of 5 Graded Stakes Races this Weekend

 Davona Dale (G2), Sabin (G3), Very One (G3), Mac Diarmida (G2), and the Kentucky Derby prep race, Fountain of Youth (G2), showcased on coverage

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Wednesday that for the seventh consecutive year, they will begin their  yearlong broadcast campaign from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.  HRRN will be on site to provide exclusive live coverage of five graded stakes this Saturday and Sunday.   

On Saturday, HRRN will have coverage of the Davona Dale (G2), Sabin Stakes (G3), and Very One (G3) from 3:30-5:30 EST.  The Sabin will feature the return of Eclipse Champion Royal Delta for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, while the Very One is highlighted by Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf hero Perfect Shirl. Sunday’s broadcast will showcase leading Derby prospects in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth as Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner up Union Rags squares off with Algorithms, winner of the Gulfstream’s Holy Bull Stakes earlier in the meet. 

HRRN’s coverage will air from 4:30-5:30 EST. HRRN’s broadcasts can be heard on Sirius 93 – XM 209, as well as on select HRRN affiliates and on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net.  A complete HRRN schedule along with a listing of affiliates and streaming information is available on the HRRN site.

In addition to the live race coverage, HRRN will host its popular morning talk show, the Equine Forum, live from Gulfstream Park on Saturday morning.  The Equine Forum airs from 8-10 a.m. ET and can be heard on HANK 96.1 FM in Lexington, KY, and is streamed live at www.horseracingradio.net.  Mike Penna will anchor the HRRN coverage along with analyst Jude Feld.  Sean Clancy will provide paddock commentary and interviews.

About HRRN

The Horse Racing Radio Network is the Eclipse Award winning broadcast organization, providing live radio coverage of many of the sport’s biggest races throughout the year.  In 2012, HRRN will broadcast more than 100 stakes races from racetracks across the country, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup World Championships. For more information please contact Mike Penna at mike@horseracingradio.net

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

by Jude Feld (reprinted with permission of our friends at Horse Racing Radio Network)

Jude Feld, handicapper and bloggerEvery day, Equibase, the official source for Thoroughbred racing information, publishes a “Top Carryovers” section on the home page of their website. Obviously countless horseplayers are interested in these “bonus” payoffs and the prospects of playing for what amounts to free money, lost on previous days’ races.

Gulfstream Park offers the “Rainbow Six.” Unlike the name suggests, this is not a wager exclusively for gay people and Hawaiians. It is open to everyone and only requires the player to pick six consecutive winners. There is a twist however. You get the whole pool if you possess the ONLY ticket on the winning Rainbow Six combination.

Fair Grounds has the “Black Gold 5.” Not a bet just for Steelers fans or Jed Clampett, it is a five straight winner concoction with same singular ticket payoff rule.

These bets often offer life changing pools and they are certainly preferred to playing the lottery, but to say they are tricky would be the understatement of all time.

Just think about how many times you have hit the Pick Six.

Then think of how many times you had the only ticket.

Do these wagers still interest you?

I have been a serious player since 1978. At one time, I was part of a small Pick Six syndicate that won the bet seven days in-a-row. Only once in that stretch did we have the only ticket – a $75,000 score at Los Alamitos.

Twice in my life I have had a chance at a “whole pool” life changing score in the Pick Six. Once, at Del Mar, when I was singled to a horse I was training, who was running in the last race of the day, for a $200,000 payoff – he finished third. The most painful was a $640,000 chance, when my single in the feature was scratched, and by rule, I got the post time favorite, who also finished third.

In over 30 years, my handicapping and racing luck was that good twice…and I still got beat.

I am certainly no Hindu holy man. The siren call of winning enough money to retire to a beach house in Barbados resonates in my soul almost every time I see huge carryovers. But you’ve gotta pick your spots.

Last year, at Gulfstream, I really liked three longshots in the Rainbow Six sequence. Singling those three, I used four in two races and two in the other race, purposely leaving every morning line favorite off the $32 ticket.

I had four winners and two seconds, making my ticket excellent scratch paper.

That was the only time I played the Rainbow Six in over a dozen days at Gulfstream. The other times, the pool was small or I liked too many chalky types.

Thankfully, I backed my longshots by themselves, so although my day wasn’t life changing, it was extremely lucrative. It is always nice to win when you lose.