AGOS Horses to Watch – March 23, 2016

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes

The Kentucky Derby is only 47 days away.   I can feel the energy in the air. The roses, the atmosphere, and the red- hot betting action that may be some of the best all year long.   But just hold your horses and don’t get ahead of yourself. After we’re done tearing up our basketball brackets, we need to realize there is plenty of incredible Thoroughbred action coming our way. So sit back, enjoy, and keep your eyes peeled for these ponies the next time they hit the track.

Gulfstream Park

Real Sugar (GP Race #9 – 3/20/16 – #9 – 5 1/2 on the dirt) – Jeffrey Sanchez was the pilot and is known for being a solid gate rider. His mount was bumped solidly leaving the starting gate and still opened up a 2 1/2 length lead going 22.2. – He established a clear margin and ended up a little leg weary at the end. In short sprints the gate break is ultra-important, and  his ability to stay focused and still open up is promising. – If he comes out without problems, I wonder what he would have done in the race ? – I  think we’re going to find out next time at a solid price.

She’s Dynamite (GP Race #5 – 3/16/16 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf) –  Led all the way around and sped up at the 3/4 to go 1:11.3 only to be bested in the shadow of the wire. She was making her second lifetime start on the stretch-out in distance, and catch her if you can next out. – Play close attention to how far she is going and unleash the bankroll from there.

Cape Carol (GP Race #6 – 3/16/16 – #4 – 1 1/16 on the turf) – Jockey Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle for Buff Bradley. This daughter of Cape Blanco was at the back of the pack and stayed glued right to the rail all the way around. She began to thread the needle at the 1/4 pole and looked like a winner. – The weaving in and out of traffic may have caused her to be a bridesmaid as the winner went right on past with a clean 3 wide move. – She’ll be looking for payback next out with a cleaner trip.

Oaklawn Park

Wolf Man Rocket (OP Race #6 – 3/19/16 – #6 – 1 1/16 on the dirt) –  Calvin Borel was aboard this beaten favorite who was in very tight at the start of the race. He had to go five wide on the second turn to get back into his best stride, and finished up gamely to get minor awards. Borel is not known for circling the field, and the mishap at the gate break was not the best beginning. – Love the “beaten chalk” angle next time back, and who knows, maybe we’ll get a much better price.

Santa Anita

Twirling Tiger (SA Race #1 – 3/17/16 – #6 – One mile on the turf) –  Santiago Gonzalez was in the irons and his mount was bottled up and headstrong down the backstretch. He was forced to wait behind a wall of runners and when the 1/4 arrived was forced to go three wide to find running room. – The trip was not the smoothest ride, but his late acceleration was very promising considering all of the factors.

 

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“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Feb. 25, 2016

At the time of this post there are just over 70 days until we’ll be watching the 142nd renewal of The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports – the Kentucky Derby!   But don’t jump the gun just yet, here are some runners you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled the next time they take the track.

Fair Grounds

Mo Tom (Race #11- 2/20/16 – #2 – 1 1/16 on the main track) – Jockey Corey Lanerie was in the saddle for Thom Amoss, and this race was on the minds of every horse player that watched the Risen Star Stakes. – This son of Uncle Mo was far back in the field and didn’t move too early. Lanerie had two graded stakes to his credit this day, and the best was yet to come. He received a little urging and came off the rail briefly to pass tiring runners and dropped right back over to the fence. – Saving ground was a perfect move as he was starting to accelerate when Bistraya drifted over causing the colt to swerve and check sharply. Once Lanerie was in the clear they were inside the 1/8th pole when his mount picked up his action and started to close strongly. – Distance shouldn’t be a problem, and if all things come back fine. He’ll learn from this effort and only get better down the road.

Gulfstream Park

Twenty in One (Race #3 – 2/15/16 – #2 – 7f on the dirt) – Closed very fast down the lane under the guidance of Rafael Hernandez in a 3/4 time of 109.2. – She caught a “speed fest” on this day, and anything that isn’t as salty should fit her like a glove for the Tomlinson barn.

Purely Bay (Race #7 –  2/15/16 – #11 – One mile on the turf) – J.J. Castellano had the call and his runner was making a “second off the layoff” run. Castellano knew he couldn’t catch the leaders as he weaved through traffic trying to save ground, but his dead last explosive run may be just what handicappers could expect next out. Looked like he had plenty in the tank wrapped up, and that may work out well for the punters.

 

Akron Gold (GP Race #5 – 2/21/16 – #8 – 1 mile on the turf) –  Joel Rosario was named, but was on the shelf due to an injury. – J.J. Castellano picked up the mount, and this three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro was pushed out going into the first turn. She settled nicely after the losing some ground, and spun around the field at the 5/16th’s pole three wide. She drew off and looked like a winner, but was bested in the shadow of the wire. – All said and done, losing ground on the first turn and going wide as they approached the stretch may have been just enough to get beat this day. Hard to fault the connections as they few mistakes, so I’ll file this one under bet with both hands next out.

SANTA ANITA

Fourth Watch (SA Race 3, 2/6/16,  6 1/2 furlongs turf)  This Tapit 3yo filly was very professional coming up inside in 6.5f turf debut to win going away.  You simply don’t see many first time starters win like this.  She’s got a bright future for Carla Gaines and owner Spendthrift Farms.

Lucy De (SA Race #1 – 2/15/16 – #4 -One mile mdn turf event) –  Santiago Gonzalez had the assignment for Mike Puype, and did absolutely nothing wrong. – This may be a case a running a “winner’s race” but not getting your picture taken. This was a very strong effort, and they were bested by the (1-2) chalk getting nailed at the wire by a head. – If Gonzalez stays aboard and Puype keeps to task, you’ll want to bet early and often when they enter.

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Feb. 21, 2016

Horses to Watch

Before you sit back and wait for spring to arrive, here are some runners that will have you jogging to the windows the next time they hit the track.

Gulfstream Park

Songoficeandfire (GP Race #10 – 2/3/16 – #2 – 1 3/16 on the turf) – Jose Lezcano had the call for Bill Mott. This mare settled out nicely behind runners under the guided hand of Lezcano, and waited patiently for a seem. It just wouldn’t appear, and he finally had to “bull” his way over to get out as he had tons of runner. This move had him tap on the brakes, and when he finally saw daylight he ran out of real estate.  Lezcano and Mott are 37% ITM as team,  and I would look for some payback next up.

Dubai / Meydan

Famous Kid (Dubai Race #5 – 2/4/16 – #2 – 1 3/4 mile) – James Doyle had the assignment for Saeed bin Suroor, and this runner was locked in against the fence by State Empire. Once Doyle was able to guide his runner off the hedge he had a very strong late kick to finish up 3rd. Hoping to see a return later in the month for the Carnival.

Gulfstream Park

Who’s Your Drama (GP Race #8 – 2/6/16 – Race #8 – #8 – 1 1/16 on the turf) –  Javier Castellano in the irons for Todd Pletcher. This was the second effort off the shelf for the son of Big Drama, and had been working well at Palm Meadows.   Confidently handled and had the misfortune of running into some slow fractions. He closed up very solid after being 14th in this field.   An effort pretty much the same has him in the winner’s circle.

All Included (GP Race #12 – 2/6/16 – #4 – 1 1/8 on the turf) –  Luis Saez aboard for Todd Pletcher.  He was holding the rail most of the trip, and when called upon for his best stride was a little erratic trying to work off the rail. The connections team up to win 35% as team, and this son of Include looks to be on target for a great 2016.

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Feb. 17, 2016

Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill.com visitors.

Aqueduct

Lilikoi (AQU Race #3 – 2/11/16 – #3 – 6f on the inner track) –  She tossed her head at the break and refused to run. She was backed by the public at (7-2) and when runners refuse to exit the starting gate, you can bet dollars to donuts the barn will have her in top order next time she heads to the paddock. She looked very good on the track, and we’ll just toss this as a “clunker” and move on to bigger and better things for this filly.

Gulfstream Park

Clear Status (GP Race #3 – 2/14/16 – #1 – 6f on the main track) – Jockey Luis Saez was the pilot, and he broke just a step slow and had to rush to find position. He was a “beaten favorite” on this day, and for handicappers this is bet back angle. Maybe a little better start will help his causes next out, and he’ll find some payback for his backers.

Adornment (GP Race #8 – 2/14/16 – #4 – 7f on the dirt) – Joel Rosario had the call and she has been working “lights out” at Palm Beach Downs. This daughter of Medaglia d’ Oro hails form the Todd Pletcher barn (29%), and she was bumped soundly on this occasion and struggled to get back on task. She has been working well in the mornings, and the connections are top-shelf. She’ll improve off this effort, and I think we’ll see a nice filly down the road.

Indy Artist (GP Race #8 – 2/13/16 – #5 – 6f on the dirt) –  Jockey Edgard Zayas was finding her best stride down the lane and seemed to waver just a tiny bit. As fast as she was closing, she had dead-aim on the leader and would have went past. Maybe the wrong lead for a stride, or just a little green.   Her acceleration was powerful, and I can’t wait until she goes back to the races.

Santa Anita

Bolo (SA Race 8 – 2/13/16 – 1 mile on turf) – This talented turf runner pulled off a solid victory by running down loose-on-the-lead favorite Obviously, who looked home free turning for home.   Bolo has a lot of back class on the grass and he should have a big future if the connections keep him on the sod.

Nodiac (SA Race #8 – 2/14/16 – #9 – 6 1/2f on the turf) –  Santiago Gonzalez did an excellent job getting her to settle and rate just off the leader. They just ran into a very quick runner from the Baffert barn on this day.  A three-year-old filly by Kodiak who did everything but get her picture taken on this day.   Looking forward to watching her mature. We’ll cash a few tickets on this gal in days to come!

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“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Feb. 9, 2016

Horses to Watch forAGameofSkill.com visitors.  Put these runners in your Stable Mail.

Dubai / Meydan

Naadirr (Dubai Race #2 – 2/4/16 – #3 – 5f on the turf) – World class rider Christophe Soumillion aboard for Marco Botti, and his runner closed very fast down the lane. It had the look of a solid prep, and the commentators made note he’ll be returning later for the reminder of the Carnival. Soumillon is one of the best turf riders in the world, and he waited patiently before giving a little gas and accelerated swiftly with no real urging.

Gulfstream Park

Island Saint (Race #3 – 1/30/16 – #4 – 7f dirt) – This filly by Speightstown was handled by John Velasquez for Todd Pletcher.  – The only scrape on race was facing a very talented gal by the name of Cathryn Sophia. Island Saint set the fractions, and appeared to be going very well. She was bested by a much better filly I think we’ll be hearing from down the road. She should e a very solid player going 6f – 7f, and hopefully against just a bit softer competition.

Life Imitates Art (Race #5 – 1/30/16 – #6 – 1 mile turf) – Top jock Joel Rosario for the Chad Brown barn.  This colt looked to have good movement and was pushed out strongly at the 3/8th’s pole very wide most of the race. He exited off a win in the G-3 Dania, and I’m going toss this race as a “clunker.”  The connections are red-hot, and with a little better trip it could be lights out down the lane.

Taste for Talent (GP Race #7 – 1/30/16 – #1 – 7 1/2f turf) –  Corey Lanerie up for Joe Sharp, and this colt was flying from the clouds. He did nothing wrong, and had dead aim on the leader. – He ran out of real estate and an effort anywhere close has him in the winner’s circle.

Fair Grounds

K’s Got a Notion (FG Race #1 – 1/30/16 – #1 – 1 mile main track) –  Mitchell Murrill in the saddle, and he was forced to check his mount sharply just as they were making the run down the backstretch. Once the rider got his mount under restraint, he made a well recovered effort to finish in the money. – He’s been going short, and look for a cutback in distance next out.

Santa Anita

Tannersmymuscle (SA Race #8 – 1/30/16 – #3 – 6f on the main track) –  Joe Talamo had the call for Ron Ellis, and the colt broke awkwardly from the gate. Once settled, Talamo did an excellent job of getting him into position where he was forced to wait for a gap. – He finished up with energy and should be a handful next time out. – This was a first time claim for the Ellis barn and they win 27% with new runners, and 24% with beaten favorites. Add in 3/4 ITM over the course, and you’ll want to be first in line to make a bet.

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Jan. 27, 2016

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AQUEDUCT

Beyond the Green (Aqueduct – Race #6 – 1/22/16 – Alw $57,000 – #2) –  Kendrick Carmouche in the irons, and he came under urging at the 5/16’s, and showed a nice late kick. This really caught my eye as a “wager in waiting.” – Love the rider, and for breaking dead-last and rolling late. – I’ve got my eyes peeled for this colt.

Rockford (Aqueduct – Race #7 – 1/22/16 – Starter Alw – #6 – 1 and 70 yards on the inner track) –  Jose Ortiz was the rider for Bruce Levine, and his runner threw his head at the start cracking his noggin against the side of the gate. – The rider knew this was going to be a workout and just wrapped up and jogged the distance. – I’ll toss this one, as he looked like a million bucks on the track. Add in being claimed four times in a row, and we have a horse that has the attention of trainers and bettors.

Gulfstream Park

Nena (Race #7 – 1/22/16 – Mdn Claiming -#3 – 1 1/16 on the dirt) –  John Cruz had the call on this filly, and she did a great job of tracking the early speed over a sloppy (sealed) track. – She tried to kick off the rail for clear sailing, and ran into a heap of trouble and was “boxed in” waiting for room late in the lane. She showed good interest once she broke free, and that is plenty to watch when this filly takes the track next out.

Cheri’s Win (Race #3 – 1/23/16 – Claiming – #7 – 6 1/2f on the dirt) –  Vincente Gudiel had the call, and the apprentice rider gave a bit of a questionable ride. – I’m not into blaming,  so I’ll toss the race as he may not have been familiar with this filly. – She was five wide the entire race in a field of seven runners. I think this caused her to lose plenty of ground, and when he called upon her she finished with a steady advance as the beaten chalk. – I’m a big fan of “bug” riders, and maybe they’ll use him right back. – Either way, I think they may have a nice runner looking for a little better trip.

Tampa Bay Downs

Fort Prada (Race #10 – 1/20/16 – AOC $32,000 – 5f on the turf – #4) – top rider Antonio Gallardo in the irons for Chris Block, and she was off slowly going a short turf event. This usually has you looking to the next effort, but she made up a great deal of ground with the rail out at 30 feet and a 57.2 time. – She was on fire down the lane and should bring the heat next time to the races.

Slip of the Tongue  (Race #6 – 1/20/16 – A.O.C $75,000 -#2 – 1 1/16 on the turf) – Manny Cruz in the saddle for Eoin Harty. This filly was making her second off the shelf from Presque Isle, and was dropping in class from the $100k Sandpiper Stakes. – She made a professional move around the far turn, and this (22-1) shot ran a better race than shows on paper. She’ll mature off this effort and light up the board next out.

“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.

 

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Jan. 12, 2016

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AQUEDUCT

Fly Ash (Aqueduct – 1/7/16 – Race #4 – #11 – One mile inner track) – Rider Kendrick Carmouche had the assignment, and had everything going her way. She kicked out at the 1/8th pole and started to find her best stride and even had the lead for a jump or two.   However, she was bested by a late flying runner and wrapped up to keep gas in the tank.

Pushme Pullyou (Aqueduct – 1/7/16 – Race #5 – #6 – 1 1/16 inner track) – Manny Franco in the irons for Joe Orseno, and was checked up into the first turn and was bothered badly. She had to wheel out into the three or four path and lost a heap of ground. Once she got herself in order, there was a solid effort shown from the 3/8th’s pole to the wire.   A clean trip for this filly may have her in the catbird seat next time out.

Fox Rules (Aqueduct – 12/30/15 – Race #8 – #4 – 1 1/16  inner track) – Top Finger Lakes jock Jaime Rodriguez had the call and set the pace when the track was playing kind to stalkers and closers.   This guy shipped in from Finger Lakes and appeared to enjoy the inner track. He’ll rock them to sleep next out as the weather gets colder and the track tightens up.

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Gabby’s Brown (Aqueduct – 1/1/16 – Race #9 – #7 – 6f inner track) –  Jose Ortiz in the irons for Michelle Nevin, and this gal was looking nice all the way around, and at the 1/4 pole she was locked in the box and hemmed in. She couldn’t shake free and had some give and take bumping. A cleaner trip with a glimpse of a seem and she’ll turn out the lights.

GULFSTREAM PARK

Grey Glory (Gulfstream Park – 1/7/16 – Race #6 – #5 – 6 1/2f main course) – Luis Saez had the call for trainer Thomas Albertrani, and they plain out hooked a monster on this day by the name of Deep Sea. Saez set the tempo and did an excellent job guiding his mount. Anyone but Deep Sea in the race, and this guy wins for fun.

Enchantress (Gulfstream Park – 1/8/16 – Race #8 – #3 – 6 1/2f main track) – Top jock Joel Rosario had the call for Todd Pletcher, and this gal was bumped soundly at the start. Rosario did an excellent job getting this gal to settle out and was all over the track trying to pick up steam down the lane. She looked a little green, and you can bet dollars to donuts Pletcher will have her all cranked up next up.

SANTA ANITA

Let’s Meet in Rio (Santa Anita – 1/9/16 – Race #6 – #3 – 6 1/2f  dirt) –  Kent Desormeaux handled the mount for Bob Baffert. He was in high gear rounding the final turn, and when he angled out was bumped soundly at the 3/16th’s pole. Give him pace and a clear path and it may be lights out.

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – November 18, 2015

AQUEDUCT

D’BUNNYPHONE (Race 5 at Aqueduct, Nov. 13, maiden claimer) – Expected pace setter lost best chance when stumbling badly at start.  Was rank while 3 wide on the backstretch.  Proceeded to make strong middle move, while again three wide on the far turn, but flattened out in stretch drive in race won by favorite.

BLUE PIGEON  (Aqueduct – 11/14/15 – Race #4 – #2 – 1 1/16 turf) –  Jose Ortiz in the irons for Linda Rice, and their runner was “pocketed up” forcing Ortiz to step on the breaks taking a strong hold of his mount. He was in the “box” for a good portion of the race and had to wrangle back his mount wearing him down. – Once he slipped though late in the lane, he showed good acceleration after being wrangled back most of the race. – A cleaner trip has him right there next out.

WAR DANCER (Aqueduct – 11/14/15 – Race #7 – #3 – 1 3/8 on the turf) – RIDER Jose Lezcano had the call for Bill Mott. These guys know how to bring a turf runner ready. He hit the stall briskly leaving the starting gate, and still established the lead. He was in hand and not asked for his best in the two path as the skilled efforts of Lezcano slowed down the fractions to his liking. When the real running began, he ran in lock step with a challenger and weakened in the late stages of the race. – When you have a tough exit from the gate, this can be a taxing effort to overcome. Lezcano is one of the best turf riders, and with a little better start, he’ll jump to the lead and put them sleep all the way to the winner’s circle.

DEL MAR

JUJU’S MOJO (Race 8 at Del Mar, Nov. 12, 2yo Fillies, 6 furlongs dirt) – Maiden claimer and 2nd time starter got an indecisive and overall poor ride from jockey Ty Alexander. Once she got clear sailing, she finished well for a sneaky good 3rd place showing.  Trainer Phil D’Amato will her ready to win next time out.

CHURCHILL DOWNS

WALKABOUT (Churchill Downs – 11/14/15 – Race #5- #6 – 6f dirt) – This filly was a sweet 37-1 when the gates opened. – She was slow coming away from the gate, and this being her first effort as a two-year-old was a good learning experience. She angled off the rail to be in the seven path, and finished in high gear down the lane to finish third. – There is nothing like “baby” showing a good finish to get you chomping at the bit for her next trip out.

 

“Off the Charts” Trip Notes – Oct. 22, 2015

BELMONT PARK

Jax Heritage (Belmont Park – 10/17/15 – Race #6 – #1 – One mile on the turf) – rider Joel Rosario had the call for Mark Hennig, and this guy gave a new name to getting boxed in.  Just as Rosario pushed the button, he had to take up off heels to keep from going down and had to restrain his mount strongly. He showed plenty in the tank, but just bad luck on this day. He was the odds-on favorite, and next time he should be just a little higher which is just what the doctor ordered.

 

Mister Popsicle (Belmont Park – 10/10/15 – Race #1 – #6 – 6 1/2f on the dirt) –  jockey “Jersey” Joe Bravo up for David Jacobson. Bravo’s mount broke awkwardly at the start, and chased the pace setters while going four wide at the 1/4 pole. – I think any smoother trip could move him right into the winner’s circle next time out.

 

Summer Candy (Belmont Park – 10/10/15 – Race #5 – #5 – 1 1/16 on the turf) – Elvis Trujillo aboard this first timer for the Christophe Clement barn. He was bumped at the start, and forced to take up briefly. As he was trying to settle his mount he was forced to go four wide and offered up a late kick that showed interest down the lane. He finished 6th on this day, but good things are coming very soon for this colt.

 

BELTERRA PARK (OHIO)

Stetson Gal (Belterra Park – 10/8/15 – Race #7 – #1 – 5 1/2f on the dirt) veteran rider John McKee was in the irons for Tom Drury who was winning at a white-hot 61% for the meet.  His filly broke a little slow and hustled quickly along the rail to get into perfect striking position. – After chatting with Mr. Drury, he felt she needed a cleaner start and she’ll benefit greatly next time out. His plans were to run her at Turfway Park on the poly track, and this is one you won’t want to miss.

 

Chatter (Belterra Park – 10/8/15 – Race #7 – #7 – 5 1/2f on the dirt) –  Geovany Garcia was aboard for the Jeff Greenhill barn. She drifted out at the start costing her precious ground as they were sprinting 5 1/2. – Once she got her feet under her, a sustained rally was produced to run down Miss So So. – She didn’t look settled, and weaved in and out down the lane as the leader switched off the rail to the center of the track. – Call this a “key race” to watch as two runners who finished just off the winner ran a perfect race. – Look for this gal at Mahoning Valley, or Turfway Park. Team Greenhill spots runners where they need to be, and he does quite well on the travel.

 

Good Time Rambles (Belterra Park – 10/10/15 – Race #5 – #5 – 8f on the dirt) –  Azael Deleon was the pilot and his mount went right to his knees at the start compromising his chances at showing his best ability. At the 3/8th’s pole he started a powerful rally to come up a bit short right at the wire. – A cleaner start should have this runner in a good position turning for home.

 

KEENELAND

Carina Mia (Keeneland – 10/7/15 – Race #7 -#10 – 6 /12f on the dirt) –  Julien Leparoux was aboard for Bill Mott on this first time starter. She broke alertly and set the pace going three deep from the #10 post. Once she opened clear, she dropped over to the rail and saved ground. She fought gamely down the lane, but the salty fractions may have taken a little out of the tank to get bested nearing the wire. – She did everything right and just didn’t get her picture taken. Mott will have her ready as the second time out should have her ready to roll.

 

Miss Temple City (Keeneland – 10/10/15 – Race #9 – #3 – (G-1) 1 1/8th on the turf) –  Drayden Van Dyke was aboard for Graham Motion, and this team can be awfully tough when they come together on the turf. Van Dyke is quietly becoming one of the best turf riders in the country. She settled out nicely and did everything right until his mount was forced to steady when the real running began at the 3/16th’s pole. – Give him clear sailing and he’ll give a better account of himself down the lane.

 

Sharm (Keeneland – 10/15/15 – Race #7 – #2 – 7f on the dirt) –  Florent Geroux was in the saddle for this (27-1) trying to chase down the big chalk winner Watershed from the red-hot Kiaran McLaughlin barn. He tracked patiently and made a five-wide move around the far turn to put in a strong bid to wheel in the leader. He did just that but was bested by a monster on this day. Give him a little softer field and it will be lights out down the lane with a quick turn of foot.

 

Ultimatum (Keeneland – 10/17/15 – Race #3 – #7 – 1 1/8 on the dirt) –  Shaun Bridgmohan in the saddle for Wayne Catalano. She was the odds-on favorite, and jumped in the air as the gate broke. This set her back quite a bit, and she made a solid move five-wide to finish an even fourth. – A good gate break and a little racing luck has her right on target.

 

See Through (Keeneland – 10/17/15 – Race #4 – #2 – 7f on the dirt) – Victor Lebron was in the saddle for Paul McGee. She trailed early on and put in a strong bid around the turn and took over the lead. As she took command her efforts looked good as gold, but was run down by the big chalk Happy to Go with quick fractions to set up the closers. – I think we’ll see her at Churchill for McGee, and he has done good work over the years at his home base.

 

Shadow Rock (Keeneland- 10/17/15 – Race #6 – #4 – 5 1/2f on the turf) –  red hot jockey Florent Geroux in the irons this day, and he attended the pace in an even fashion. When the real running began he was unable to find any way through the traffic. Inside, outside, behind the pack. You name it, it happened. Finally the rider pulled his mount over to the rail and coasted home easily looking forward to the next outing. – There was plenty of gas in the tank, but traffic down the lane can be tougher than a nickel steak. Give him a hole and it may be all over but the crying next time to the races.