AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – Aug. 26

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August 26th Edition

DEL MAR

WARREN’S SHOWTIME (Race 1 @DMR, August 21, 2019) How much was the best was this favorite in the opening race?  The turf runner was blocked badly on the far turn until the top of the stretch, but when an opening finally occurred, the 2yo daughter of Clubhouse Ride exploded with a strong run to draw off.   Has a future on the lawn for trainer Craig Lewis.

SARATOGA

SOMBEYAY (Race 7 @SAR, Aug. 2, 2019) – Pletcher runner relished the switch to firm turf (off yielding in prior) and the stretch out to one mile.  3yo ran huge, looking like a winner in deep stretch before getting nailed by a determined Casa Creed.  This guy should be super tough in 6f to 8f turf stakes on firm ground.

HAPPEN (Race 9 @SAR, Aug. 2, 2019) – Euro import  for O’Brien had no chance facing the likes of Concrete Rose when allowed a ridiculously slow pace up front.  War Front filly showed class overseas and deserves another look in a reasonable spot.

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SARATOGA

MORNING GOLD (Race 1 @SAR, July 14, 2019) – Ken McPeek firster came in off a solid work pattern and ran a big race when 2nd to the Pletcher-trained favorite.  5 lengths clear of the show horse in a rock solid debut.

BLAME THE CAKE (Race 4 @SAR, July 14, 2019) – Firster for Ian Wilkes (7% win, 19% itm) was a $190,000 Ocala purchase.  Made a big run to take the lead and looked like a winner in deep stretch when he got run down by a sharp Jason Servis firster that was given a brilliant ride by Irad Ortiz.

CATCH A BID (Race 8 @SAR, July 14, 2019) – This is a rising star for Chad Brown.  Her career debut was awesome and then she ran a big 2nd here to a Grade-3 placed runner in Varenka, while well clear of the show horse.   Could be a very solid multi-race key next time she runs.

WINIFRED J (Race 2 @SAR, July 13, 2019) – Ed Barker filly likely needed race in her first start since early February. This was a tough spot but she ran a good third.  She’s a half to one winner, who was a grass horse.  Look for this Blame filly back on the turf, sprinting or on the stretch-out.

DECORATED INVADER (Race 6 @SAR, July 13, 2019) – Looked sharp when finishing 2nd in debut for West Point and partners.  Clement runner is a half to two turf winners and he was up against it facing a very slow pace in this race.

CHURCHILL DOWNS

BASIN (race 1 @CD, June 14, 2019) – This talented 2yo from the Steve Asmussen barn ran a strong 2nd in a key race field, losing by a nose to G3 Sanford winner By Your Side.   Was 3-4 wide throughout but finished strong.

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AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – June 15

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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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KEENELAND

RAG TAG (Race 2 @KEE, 4/18/19) – first timer starter was well meant but lost all chance at the start of this 4 1/2 furlong dash when he broke slowly.  Striking son of Union Rags then made a solid, sustained run to finish a non-threatening 2nd to the Wesley Ward horse that stole the race on the front end.  Galloped out past the winner.

CHURCHILL DOWNS

CARTE BLANCE (Race 1 @CD, 5/3/19).  This 3yo son of Curlin encountered lots of trouble in this race but still continued on gamely in the stretch to just miss at the wire.  Not one of Mena’s best rides.  Fits snugly at the starter allowance level as trainer Wesley Hawley claimed him out of his maiden win last fall.

SOLID WAGER (Race 9 @CD, 5/3/19) – Peter Miller runner was in for the $62,500 tag in this optional claimer.  The hard knocker finished well for 2nd in the large field but had no chance behind the gate-to-wire winner over the biased main track.  Should be very tough back in at the same level next out.

LOOSE ON THE TOWN (Race 1 @CD, 5/4/19) – Another hard knocker that was in for the high price tag of the optional claimer, the opener on the Derby undercard.  Looked  like a winner in mid-stretch but came up a little short off the 7 month layoff.  Can move forward off this race for trainer Brian Lynch. Can sprint dirt or turf.

AWESOME TRACKER (Race 3 @CD, 5/4/19) – 2nd time starter never had a chance breaking along the rail in this 6 furlong and subsequently checked-in mid pack.  Has a pedigree that screams route so look for him around two turns.

HUNGRY KITTEN (Race 5 @CD, 5/4/19) – Trainer Shug McGaughey runner added blinkers and looked like a new horse in third lifetime start.  Daughter of Kitten’s Joy absolutely flew home in the final furlong to get up the wire in a visually impressive maiden win over a contentious field on the Derby undercard.

MITOLE (Race 8 @CD, 5/4/19) – One word – WOW!

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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.

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – 3/28/19

2019 Pegasus World Cup

SEEKING THE SOUL (GP, 1/26/19, Pegasus Cup) – trainer Dallas Stewart is a master at getting horses to run their best in the biggest races in the world and he does so while somewhat under the radar.  He had another live longshot in Seeking The Soul, a horse I downgraded after the track came up a wet mess at Gulfstream for the 2019 Pegasus World Cup.  However, that didn’t stop the veteran runner from firing a big shot as so often the Stewart runners do.  Watch Seeking The Soul (saddle cloth #4) makes an inside move at the 5/8th pole before running into traffic, getting stopped briefly, and losing momentum.  He re-rallies quickly and then continues with a long sustained run to be a clear 2nd to City of Light.  Impressive effort with a sneaky troubled trip.

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Belmont Park

HAIL – (race 7 @BEL 10/17/18) – 3yo Tapit filly who is a half to graded stakes winner Closed Hatches chased the wire to wire winner late after twaddling early fractions. Great comeback with Dylan Davis aboard. Eligible for 1x allowance company.

Churchill Downs

HELLO HOLIDAY (Race 6 @CD, 11/7/18) – Had run 10 of 12 career races on the turf, but was back on the dirt here for Lauer barn.  Got steadied hard on the far turn and nearly went down.  Recovered to race inside turning for home, altered course and then finished well for second.  Sneaky great effort for son of Harlan’s Holiday.

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The number two on our horses to watch might just be the best horse in the world running at this time, according to Rogers. The four-year-old filly won the Arc de Triumph, beating out males in the most prestigious race in Europe.
“She was only the eighth horse to win it in back-to-back years. That’s quite an accomplishment. I look for her to spring forward and tackle males again in the Breeders’ Cup turf and she’ll be very tough to beat,” said Rogers.

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AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – 10/18/18

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Belmont Park

HONEY I’M GOOD (Race 2 @BEL 10/5/18) – first time starter took money and ran a hole in the wind.  She showed good early speed and drew off down the lane.  Ears pricked late as she was geared down near the wire.

GULFSTREAM PARK

PEGGITY (Race 9 at GP, 9/28/18) – Terri Pompay turf runner was well spotted in this two-life $10,000 claimer.  She was making a nice run at the top of the stretch when she got completely cut off, losing all chance for the win.  Daughter of Bullet Train can rebound in similar spot.

CONISTON (Race 7 at GP, 9/28/18) – 3yo gelding has shown a lot of heart in his turf attempts and this was solid 2nd place finish at the conditioned $16,000 life level.   May have needed race off short break, as well.