Days of Spring
Race Note: Was 4-1 ML. 6-5* for Wesley Ward steadied early from the gate and ran 2nd the 2-1 second choice was eased.
Trip Note: Broke just OK. Was in a tough spot about 1/16 from the gate and slight steady. At rail entering turn. Late in turn was asked to ease out and go around but wasn’t able to quicken. Was outrun by everyone in race except a leader that was awful and packed it in and another that was eased in turn. Average gallop out.
Race Note: Was 12-1 ML but the bet down meant nothing as 3 of 6 entered were scratches due to “off turf.” Winner was 1-1* that went wire to wire.
Trip Note: Away OK. Asked for speed early and earned stalking spot while being hard asked throughout. There was no gain on the winner through the lane but was still green and learning. Switched leads midstretch and was lugging inward in spots the last 1/8. Couldn’t see gallop out from either camera.
Sign of the Times
Race Note: Was 9-2 ML and bet OK given winner and his tote action. Maker trainee, who was bet to 1-1* in his only other try, wins at 4-5*. Maker on a tear lately at every track. 1-2-3-4 early in this race finished 1-2-4-3.
Trip Note: Away about 1 length slow. Allowed to run on his own into the 1st turn. Was 3-2W through 1st. Moved to rail down the backstretch and an accordion flow (pace began slowing) hit him. With two in front of him and an outside foe him hemmed in, she began pausing. At rail into far turn and now pace picking back up. Eased off rail moving 2-3-4W late in turn for a clear shot in the lane. They ran away from her in stretch. Winner might be a good one and top top two in this race had nice gallop outs – this one had average gallop out.
Race Note: Was 6-5 ML favorite. Place horse bet from 7-2 to 7-5.
Trip Note: Away best from the rail. Asked hard for speed. Filly just to her outside was a touch quicker. When turn arrived she was ½ length behind and tapped on breaks a touch, then immediately eased out to go around that one. Two other foes were moving now and it was a race to hold her spot. Success. 4 across now into the stretch. Was outrun by the top 2 late. Average gallop out.
Race Note: Was 15-1 ML. A bit washy in parade.
Trip Note: Broke clean and best. Straight to the lead. Clear. Running line looks like a duel but it wasn’t – he was just losing ground to stalkers after ¼. No resistance to others and ridden through lane while tiring. Only excuse could be that he bled or something unforeseen, but otherwise this was a poor effort.