Off the Charts Trip Notes – Nov. 11, 2014

This exclusive and free AGameofSkill.com feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (Nov. 11, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy trouble in their most recent start or just gave an extremely impressive performance. Please note that horses spotlighted in Off the Charts Trip Notes are never an automatic bet back, but rather runners to give a serious look at given the trips and the trouble spotted by our expert handicappers at AGameofSkill.com.  Horses below listed in track name order.

Keeneland

LEMON DROP PRIZE (Race 3 @KEE, October 18, 2015, Abt. 7 furlongs, MSW) The big long shot was off slowly and then waited for quite a while to run in full stride. Began her rally midway in the far turn and passed all but a pair of rivals and advanced 10 lengths in the third quarter of the race. Went on the win with ease and without breaking a sweat. Sired by a Belmont winner and has a Belmont winner for a broodmare sire. Being looking for two turns for this one.

Woodbine

STRIKE THE MOON (Race 9@ WO, October 19, 2014, 6 furlongs, stakes) Longshot was away in stride but was squeezed and check very, very hard, going all the way to last. She gradually made up ground and traveled very wide the last part of the turn and entered the stretch very wide. Gave a very good effort ot finish sixth but was only about 4 lengths from the winner.

Off the Charts Trip Notes – Nov. 8, 2014

This exclusive and free AGameofSkill.com feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (Nov. 8, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy trouble in their most recent start or just gave an extremely impressive performance. Please note that horses spotlighted in Off the Charts Trip Notes are never an automatic bet back, but rather runners to give a serious look at given the trips and the trouble spotted by our expert handicappers at AGameofSkill.com.  Horses below listed in track name order.

Belmont

THOMAS HILL (Race 6@BEL, October 19, 2014, 6 furlongs turf, Claiming $40,000) The fourth choice had a less than desirable beginning hitting the side of the gate, then be bounced in between two rivals. Not long after he foud his stride he was then squeezed and jostled between foes. After that he stayed near the rear and when asked to swing out widest of all before entering the stretch he obeyed and began to rally professionally. He put forth an excellent effort and overcame the initial adversity to win.

Golden Gate

BLU JON (Race 6@GG, October 19, 2014, 6 furlongs turf, Claiming $40,000) The favorite was away in last and stayed there until the backstretch, began to advance but was behind a wall for the entire backstretch run. He then made progress on the rail during the turn but swung out to the center before entering the stretch. He then waited for a place to go but eventually had to check while still a long way from the leaders. He swung out once then out again before he had a clear run, closed very fast and finished second by a couple of lengths.

Hawthorne

KEEP ON SHINING (Race 2 @HAW, October 18, 2014, Mile 70 yards, Claiming $15,000) Longshot was a little tardy at the start moved up but checked very slightly before the turn then traveled wide throughout the entire first turn and entered the backstretch widest of all. Advanced to a good position down the backstretch but was still wide and caught wide throughout the entire far turn and entered the stretch about six-seven wide. Gave a game chase and refused to quit, finishing second by only a length.

Off the Charts Trip Notes – Nov. 5, 2014

This exclusive and free AGameofSkill.com feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (Nov. 5, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy trouble in their most recent start or just gave an extremely impressive performance. Please note that horses spotlighted in Off the Charts Trip Notes are never an automatic bet back, but rather runners to give a serious look at given the trips and the trouble spotted by our expert handicappers at AGameofSkill.com.  Horses below listed in track name order.

Keeneland

Tony B (Race 3 @KEE, October 11, 2014, 6 ½ furlongs, Starter $30,000) The favorite hopped at the start and was bumped which created a slightly tardy beginning. He traveled evenly with the eventual winner down the backstretch while tracking the first flight. He went wide into the turn and stayed wide throughout while the winner took the short route on the rail. He closed well and ran a big race only to be defeated by a short head. The extra real estate traveled cost him several lengths.

Laurel

My T Swift (Race 8 @LRL, October 11, 2014, 6 furlongs, AOC 2x) The fifth choice was bumped from both sides at the start, dropped back to last and then headed to the rail, tried to get through along the rail in the first part of the turn but was checked abruptly and retreated to last again, rallied and came again on the inside, moved to the center of the track once in the stretch and ran down leader in a gutsy effort in the slop.

Hawthorne

American Piasa (Race 6 @HAW, October 11, 2014, one mile 1/16, Claiming $5,000) Longshot went very wide in first turn, traveled very wide down the backstretch, was widest of all throughout the entire turn and entered the stretch about 7-8 wide. Closed very well and got the lead only to lose in the final strides. The lost ground on the turns was very significant, and without that loss this gelding would have won with ease.

Santa Anita

Simply in Awe (Race 10 @SA, October 11, 2014, 5 ½ furlongs, Maiden Claiming $30,000) Big longshot was rushed up on the inside and was about to challenge for the lead but was checked about the half mile pole, pulled back and lost position, was then boxed in throughout the entire turn, attempted to make a move at the top of the stretch but was forced to steady, forced to steady again near the furlong marker, and then rallied to run evenly securing fourth only 3 lengths from the winner. An excellent race for a juvenile filly considering her trouble.

Woodbine

Niigon’s Song (Race 2 @WO, October 10, 2014,  one mile 1/16, MSW) Favorite hopped a little, was bumped and steadied at the start, stayed along the rail and was steadied slightly and held up when entering the first turn. Down the backstretch she darted between foes and made a premature move using much energy to eventually wind up vying for the lead and widest of three leaders throughout the entire final turn. Was caught after passing the quarter pole but ran on to finish fourth without much encouragement. The first three-quarters of a mile was costly to this juvenile filly.

Off the Charts Trip Notes – Oct. 18, 2014

This exclusive and free AGameofSkill.com feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (Oct. 18, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy trouble in their most recent start or just gave an extremely impressive performance. Please note that horses spotlighted in Off the Charts Trip Notes are never an automatic bet back, but rather runners to give a serious look at given the trips and the trouble spotted by our expert handicappers at AGameofSkill.com.  Horses below listed in track name order.

PARX

IMAGE (Race 4 @PRX, October 4, 2014, 5 furlongs, Claiming $10,000) The odds on favorite and the top candidate for controlling the pace was shut off at the start and began last. She was rushed to get close to the lead and was steadied near the half mile pole when on heels of a foe, was forced to hesitate for a while, began to rally in the turn and swung very wide in stretch. She finished third with a good effort after being significantly compromised.

Suffolk

DANCE FOR ZACK (Race 4 @SUF, October 4, 2014, 6 furlongs, Claiming $4,000) The odds on favorite was lucky to finish the race much less win convincingly. She was squeezed hard at the start and clipped heels of the only other slow starter in the race, was then take out wide while regrouping, then proceed to make progress, came from well off the pace and was at least six wide entering the stretch before winning by five lengths.

Woodbine

GLENVILLE GARDENS (Race 5 @WO, October 4, 2014, 7 furlongs, MSW) The odds on choice hopped a bit at the start and was last to get going. Gradually advanced under tight restraint, had to wait in the turn, was going to move wide into the stretch but the rider moved back to the middle. He was in perfect position to go between rivals and win with ease but the hole closed and he had to pull up and wait before swinging outside. Rallied well once free to run but lost the race in a photo. Unquestionably the best horse in the race.

Off the Charts Trip Notes – Oct. 15, 2014

This exclusive and free AGameofSkill.com feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (Oct. 15, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy trouble in their most recent start or just gave an extremely impressive performance. Please note that horses spotlighted in Off the Charts Trip Notes are never an automatic bet back, but rather runners to give a serious look at given the trips and the trouble spotted by our expert handicappers at AGameofSkill.com.  Horses below listed in track name order.

Gulfstream

CATFIGHT COWGIRL (Race 5 @GP, October 4, 2014, 5 furlongs turf, MSW) The favorite was squeezed and compromised at the start with the rider having to balance himself before proceeding. The two year old filly gradually moved forward in a professional manner, was behind a big wall about one pole before the stretch, was then moved extremely wide when entering the stretch to get a clear run, and after doing so proceeded to win. It could have been much worse for her foes.

Keeneland

PEACE AND WAR (Race 9@ KEE, October 3, 2014, 1 1/16 miles, Stakes) The eighth choice faced an immediate problem by drawing a far outside post, was then off slow and last to begin, held up slightly going into the turn then went to the rail. She followed along on the inside for the entire backstretch run far behind the leaders. She began to rally with apparent ease in the turn and was widest of all throughout the turn before moving to the middle of the pack where she had to slow down because of traffic. She was then bumped and steadied near the furlong marker, eventually swung out and had room, even though in tight quarters, to make a run. She displayed a great turn of foot and professionally ran down the leader to win at big odds. This was a great effort for a juvenile filly.

Laurel

SUBPOENA (Race 9 @LRL, October 4, 2014, 1 1/16 miles turf, Allowance 1X) The sixth choice was forced to take up with a few others when those on the outside part of the gate all moved inward when the starter sent them away. The mugging at the start forced her and one more to start last and remain far back early which cost her at least a dozen lengths. She gradually made progress on the rail and was in mid-pack when entering the turn, shifted to the center of the course midway in turn and began to bid for the front of the pack a the top of the stretch, unfortunately holes closed everywhere and she was steadied off heels around the furlong marker, eventually got free and ran a terrific race to finish second by only a length.

Off the Charts Trip Notes – October 7, 2014

This exclusive and free AGameofSkill.com feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (Oct. 7, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy trouble in their most recent start or just gave an extremely impressive performance. Please note that horses spotlighted in Off the Charts Trip Notes are never an automatic bet back, but rather runners to give a serious look at given the trips and the trouble spotted by our expert handicappers at AGameofSkill.com.  Horses below listed in track name order.

Arlington

ROPE A DOPE (Race 5 @AP, September 20, 2014, mile 1 1/16th turf, Claiming $25,000) The fourth choice was shuffled slightly at the start, was along the rail in tight quarters down the stretch the first time and then steadied when in the first turn. He began the backstretch still in tight quarters and under tight restraint and remained behind a wall of horses until the stretch. He swung extremely wide to get out for running room when entering the stretch. He rallied very well and got up for fourth only a couple of lengths from the winner.

Suffolk

FOND OF SARAH (Race 7 @SUF, September 20, 2014, 5 ½ furlongs, MSW) The favorite slipped at the start and hit the gate, began to run and arced in and out before going outside, got the lead before the first quarter mile and went on to embarrass her field of opponents and win by almost eight lengths without being pushed in the stretch. A very impressive run by a debut, two year old filly that beat the boys.

Woodbine

COPENHAGEN COWGIRL (Race 4 @WO, September 20, 2014, 1 1/16 miles, Claiming $10,000) Longshot was bumped at the gate and forced to start last, which is not her usual position. She went a little wide in the first turn and began to make progress down the backstretch, She went widest of all in the far turn and entered the stretch wider than all others. She rallied well and ran with determination to get fourth only a couple of lengths from the winner.

SQUEEZE THE KING (Race 9@WO, September 21, 2014, 1 1/8 miles, Stakes) Longest shot on the board was away on the rail and immediately showed plenty of run but was forced to check off heels several times before reaching the first turn. The gelding continued to be forced into tight restraint and remained behind foes with nowhere to go and was never quite free to run. He never quit and finished fourth but it appears that what could have been his best day, past him by.

Off the Charts Trip Notes – October 3, 2014

Belmont

TIZQUICK (Race 2 @BEL, September 21, 2014, 7 furlongs, Stakes) The fourth choice bobbled at the start then lunged and was then bumped by a foe and began last. She was then used hard to move into contention but the traumatic start and hard ride forced her out of the hunt.

Churchill

HOMETOWN LEGEND (Race 10 @CD, September 20, 2014, 6 ½ furlongs, Claiming $5,000) The second choice chased the pace closely behind a wall of foes down the backstretch. He made progress along the rail and was within a couple of lengths of the lead when a horse in front slowed down and he was then forced to check very hard and retreated, in position, costing him all hope of victory. He rallied again and ran well on the inside to gain third.

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Remington

Southern Prospect (Race 3 @RP, September 20, 2014, One mile turf, MSW) The favorite was away and stayed in mid-pack advancing gradually and rallied when the field entered the far turn. She could not free herself from behind a wall of horses at the top of the stretch and tried to find room on the rail. She was checked past the 3/16th pole and was in a constant state of neutral under tight restraint for nearly an eighth of a mile. Long before she could get free the top three finishers closed on the outside and she didn’t have a chance, but ran with determination finishing fourth. By far the best in the race with the worst luck of all.

Off the Charts Trip Notes – July 15, 2014

This exclusive and free AGameofSkill.com feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (July 15, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy trouble in their most recent start or just gave an extremely impressive performance. Please note that horses spotlighted in Off the Charts Trip Notes are never an automatic bet back, but rather runners to give a serious look at given the trips and the trouble spotted by our expert handicappers at AGameofSkill.com.  Horses below listed in track name order.

Arlington

TOEWS (Race 1 @AP, July 5, 2014, 6 furlongs, Claiming $10,000) The third choice was bumped out of the gate and then traveled close up along the rail. All was well until he was checked and taken up at about the 5/16th pole and forced to retreat to last. He then swung wide into the stretch but had too much to do in order to win. He did rally enough to get fourth a couple lengths from the place position.

Belmont

BE BULLISH (Race 2 @BEL, July 5, 2014, 6 furlongs, AOC $62,500) The third choice was away well and with the leaders when the line of front runners came over to the rail and pinned him in, forcing him to check and take up, retreating to next to last, and losing interest. It took a while for him to get going again. He later rallied into the stretch and swung wide finishing fourth about 4 lengths from the winner.

SPOT (Race 4 @BEL, July 5, 2014, 1 1/16th miles, Stakes) The fourth choice in the wagering was away well and moved to the outside. When entering the far turn a foe came over in front of him causing him to check and take up, retreating to last. He had to restart and swung wider to stay away from foes and rallied down the middle of the track to lose the show position by short head.

Delaware

STARSTRUCK (Race 6, July 5, 2014, 1 3/8 miles turf, Stakes) The third choice enjoyed a good trip under restraint for the first mile of the journey and stalked the leading duo until they reached the top of the stretch. She made her move by swinging out and was joined by the eventual winner to overtake the leaders, and while in between foes in very tight quarters, clipped heels after being bumped and almost fell at the 1/16th pole. The incident caused her to drop all the way to ninth when at least place seemed certain.

Gulfstream

DIVINE MICHAEL (Race 3@GP, July 6, 2014, One Mile, Claiming $6,250) The second choice was a touch slow leaving the gate but advanced up quickly to challenge for the lead. He was traveling well, and just as the field entered the far turn a foe from mid-pack rushed between horses and crowded him. He was forced to check sharply and he instantly lost 4-5 lengths. To his credit he fought back, rallied and was barely edged for place and only a couple of lengths from a winner that got a dream trip along the rail.

 

 

 

 

Monmouth

SUMMATION TIME (Race 6@MTH, July 5, 2014, one mile turf, MSW) Debut runner was steadied at the start and compromised, yet got down to business and made his way past foes in an orderly fashion down the backstretch. He challenged for the lead at the top of the stretch and went wide showing a little greenness, but straightened out after the second turn and ran very well and finished with determination to barley miss the victory. A very impressive effort for a debut runner.

PARX

LOUISVILLE BOUND (Race 4 @PRX, July 5, 2015, 7 furlongs, Allowance 1X) The fourth choice was away well and stalked the early leaders hesitating slightly before the far turn and then proceeded to travel throughout the turn blocked and under tight restraint. He then made a move at the top of the stretch and bulled his way between foes and was bounced around, but got through, and went on to win going away by several lengths.

Woodbine

STAR CONTENDER (Race 8 @WO, July 4, 2014, One Mile turf, AOC 2X $62,500) The fourth choice in the wagering was under a tight hold early and stayed along the inside waiting for room all the way down the backstretch. He was still waiting throughout the turn and about the time he was ready to roll he was trapped behind a wall in front as they turned for home, and he continued to be held under tight restraint. In mid-stretch he was trying to go in or out and was then checked and pulled back losing significant ground. He came back again and found a hole inside the final pole and finished with a flurry to get second a little over a length behind the winner. He appeared to be the very best in the race by far.

TINY BEAR (Race 6 @WO, July 5, 2014, 7 furlongs turf, Allowance 1X,) The third choice was in tight at the break and was forced to start last. She began to run well after the first 1/16 and started passing opponents with much ease while wide down the backstretch. She was very wide throughout the turn and extremely wide entering the stretch. She closed well once into the stretch and made up significant ground to finish fifth. She easily lost much more ground than her defeated margin.

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – July 10, 2014


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This exclusive and free AGameofSkill.com feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (July 10, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy trouble in their most recent start or just gave an extremely impressive performance. Please note that horses spotlighted in Off the Charts Trip Notes are never an automatic bet back, but rather runners to give a serious look at given the trips and the trouble spotted by our expert handicappers at AGameofSkill.com.  Horses below listed in track name order.

Arlington

MR LIGHTNING BOY (Race 1 @AP, July 3, 2014, 5 furlongs, MSW) The third choice in a good field of two year olds was hit hard out of the gate and then raced between foes down the backstretch while chasing the top pair. Shook free from initial pair and got closer to leader as more opposition came from the outside. He then rallied with determination and caught the winner for a narrow victory and showed a great deal of professionalism for a debut two year old.

Belmont

MISSZIPPITYSLEWDA (Race 3 @BEL, June 29, 2014, 6 furlongs, AOC 2X) The fifth choice, usually an early speed horse, stumbled so badly at the start that her nose hit the ground, was clearly last, and was forced to work hard to reach the field. Was last at the quarter pole, rallied and was forced to move inside, then forced to move outside again, finally got a hole around the 1/16 pole and got up for second just a couple of lengths from the gate to wire winner.  Big time trouble trip.

Churchill

ALACO CASTLE (Race 2 @CD, June 29, 2014, 6 furlongs, Claiming $16,000) The second choice tracked the leader along the rail, scooted to the outside to challenge, got the lead just shy of the quarter pole, asked for run for a brief period and flew away from the field, finish under a hand ride to win by 13 lengths. Embarrased the field and can step up in class of this impressive win.

Gulfstream

TIMARK (Race 5 @GP, July 1, 2014, One Mile, Claiming $6,250) The second choice was as far back as fifth and gradually moved up with little effort to challenge for the lead in the turn, secured the lead without encouragement, hit the quarter pole up by a couple of lengths and then breezed to an 8 length victory without being asked and under restraint. Nothing more than a long published workout.

Lone Star

EARLY FANTASY (Race 2 @LS, June 28, 2014, 6 furlongs, AOC 1X) The second longest shot on the board was full of run but began a waiting game midway in the far turn and continued to the top of the stretch, where she tried to make progress and was forced to check and take up, she then fell back to last and swung wide to have room at about the furlong marker, unleashed a furious rally and got up after passing all others to defeat the odds-on favorite.

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PARX

JUST DO IT PLEASE (Race 3 @PRX, June 30, 2014, 5 ½ furlongs, Claiming $5,000) The odds-on favorite was last to begin, checked slightly at the half mile pole while trying to advance, came 5-6 wide in stretch looking for room, checked around the 3/16 pole then tried to move inside and checked slightly again about 1/8 pole, came back out, got room to run, and finished second a little more than a length from the winner. Much the best.

Woodbine

NORTH OF NEVER (Race 2 @WO, June 30, 2014, 1 1/16 miles, Claiming $20,000) The third choice traveled in mid pack and became boxed in midway in the far turn. Was forced to hesitate and tried to move outward when entering stretch behind a wall of foes, was then forced to dive back to the rail around the furlong marker, got through and went on to win, but it could have been more decisively.

STAR OF THE FOREST (Race 2 @WO, July 1, 2014, 1 1/16 miles, Claiming $8,000 2L) The third choice did not break and then well after the field departed the gate, hopped, and then began to participate in the race! The initial event cost the filly at least a half-dozen lengths. She then traveled about 4-5 wide throughout the first turn after being hustled to catch the field, made progress down the back stretch while still wide, wen wide into the far turn and lost ground, then began to make progress while appearing to be distracted by the grandstand noise. She continued to run on and managed to collect thid place about 5 lengths from the winner.  Sneaky good effort from this claimer.

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Off the Charts Trip Notes – July 5, 2014

This exclusive and free AGameofSkill.com feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (July 5, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy trouble in their most recent start or just gave an extremely impressive performance. Please note that horses spotlighted in Off the Charts Trip Notes are never an automatic bet back, but rather runners to give a serious look at given the trips and the trouble spotted by our expert handicappers at AGameofSkill.com.  Horses below listed in track name order.

Arlington

NO TIME TO KID (Race 7 @AP, June 21, 2014, 1 1/16 miles, Claiming $5,000) The sixth choice in the wagering was bumped and crowded at the start, was taken back and began last moving to the inside and was quickly more than a dozen lengths from the leader. He was still way back when the rest of the field reached the far turn. He began to rally when the field hit the quarter pole but was still last and more than a dozen lengths from the lead. He swung very wide to have racing room at the top of the stretch and began to rally, and although he was late to the wire, his cyclonic finish secured fourth place less than two lengths from the winner. An excellent effort considering the ground he lost at various stages of the race.

Belmont

VAGARIOUS (Race 7 @BEL, June 22, 2014, one mile, MSW) The third choice had a horrible beginning, with his nose going to the ground as he stumbled, got up in last position and was hustled into the battle only to be taken back after passing several due to tight quarters, dropped all the way to last and seemed well neaten, but began to rally near the quarter pole, traveled four wide into the stretch, cut back to the inside and ran well in the stretch to get up for third, about five lengths behind winner. The various episodes cost him far more than the difference in victory and defeat.

Churchill

KING DAVID (Race 8 @CD, June 20, 2014, 1 1/8 miles turf, AOC $80,000) The sixth choice was squeezed and bumped at the start and forced to take back to last. He was in hand into the first turn with run, advanced to be fourth down the backstretch, still in hand, with no place to go. Began going wide while in the turn looking for room and was partially shut off from the outside and had to wait. Arrived at the top of the stretch behind a wall of horses and had to wait almost all of the stretch. Was finally able to run much too late to make a difference but finished fifth only four lengths from the winner.

Gulfstream

WILD ABOUT JASS (Race 2 @GP, June 22, 2014, 1 1/16 miles turf, Claiming $25,000) The second choice traveled most of the race covered up behind horses, she began to rally midway in the turn but was forced to go wide around the leaders to have a run, which she had at the top of the stretch and challenged the eventual runner-up. The longshot winner came to her outside and caused her to check about a marker from home and she had no chance thereafter, finishing fourth after pulling up due to the incident.

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 PARX

BLUE DISTORTION (Race 4 @PRX, June 21, 2014, 5 ½ furlongs, Claiming 2L) Longshot was away well on the inside and moved up to contend but was forced to wait about the 5/8 marker and was held back. Just before reaching the far turn he was checked fairly hard while in tight quarters and lost more ground. He kept running and had to wait along the rail just before the field reached the stretch, and when he tried to slip through he was bumped hard, but he continued to run with determination, eventually finishing a very respectable third just a few lengths behind the winner.

Santa Anita

ARGYLE CUT (Race 5 @SA, June 21, 2014, one mile turf, Stakes) The longshot ridgling was checked a little at the start and floated to the rear after the circumstances and trailed the field all the way to the mid-point in the far turn, where he commenced to rally and threaded his way between foes and made excellent progress becoming a major threat, when at about the furlong marker he had to steady, then ran on and steadied again, throwing his head, then ran on and closed very well only to lose by about a half-length from a trouble free closing winner on his outside.

Woodbine

UNCOMMON GOOD (Race 4@WO, June 21, 6 ½ furlongs turf, MSW) Longshot started well and was then taken back to mid-pack, stayed along the rail and began to move just inside the far turn, was forced to wait in the middle of the turn until the top of the stretch. She was in traffic once in the stretch, tried to move out but moved back in and was then cut off, swung a little outward and the had to go back inside. She closed very fast was free to run, although it was too late to catch the leaders, but she did very well and secured a very close third place.

CONQUEST TSUNAMI (Race 8 @WO, June 21, 2014, 5 furlongs, 2YO stakes) The odds on favorite won this one like an odds on favorite should, and better. This Keeneland Sales grad broke his maiden at Keeneland in April and came back for his stakes debut in Toronto and had nothing but a public workout. Jockey Pat Husbands said in an interview afterwards that he had never ridden a baby that “left the gate so hard.” The colt broke very fast, went right to work, assumed command and followed instructions like a classy horse should. He never broke a sweat, stayed away from the rail per command, and ran straight in the stretch appearing to breeze to the Woodbine wire. Could have won by much, much more.