E Z For You to Say
Race Note: Was 12-1 ML. Winner of this race came back to get beat a nose in the Stillwater Stakes as a 1-5* favorite. Place horse hasn’t run back. 3rd place finisher was 1-1* and won by 6 lengths in second start against same class. Looks like very live heat.
Trip Note: Was away OK and then horse outside of this one pushed her into the rail horse which was the best breaker and ¾ ahead of this one. Was forced to steady a bit. To rail in turn and foe 1 length ahead of this one and on her outside. Not an ideal spot. Nudged along to get past this foe but wasn’t really able. Even lane and gallop out. She gets a pass based on the lone start being a bit troubled and live – but will have to improve.
Race Note: Was 12-1 ML. Seven of the nine starters in here were FTS. Pace was very fast early with hooked duelers that were 3-4 clear of the next. Closers dominated.
Trip Note: Broke inward a touch and slightest of steadies. No speed anyway and back to last. Plenty of open air at back and waiting. Caught pack at the 3/8 pole and was easing out for drive. 3-4-5W into lane. Stayed behind foes in lane after a very slight lug-in and jock gave up with over 1/8 of a mile to go. Considering the flow of this race she should have run better – maybe the turf wakes her up – she’ll need it.
Darken A Day
Race Note: Was 10-ML but 6 of 12 scratched when race came off turf. Average action. Winner was 2nd time starter for Casse that went wire wire at 1-1*.
Trip Note: Away OK. No speed and pace seemed slower than normal. Back to last. Nudging to keep up. Was gaining my midway in the turn and looked to have a say while easing 3-4-5W late in turn. Stalled when the top two really flew home.
Kit Kat Katie
Race Note: Was 5-2 ML. Field shows as 7 on paper. It finished with 5.
Trip Note: Was away OK. Was gaining on early leaders while not far back when foe that was inside of this one bolted. Not persevered with.
Race Note: Was 8-1 ML and bet right into two Wesley Ward horses, one of which won at 8-5*.
Trip Note: Away average and clean. To rail and saved ground through turn. Was gaining but still on hold. Decent stretch run but no match for the Ward filly. Average gallop out. Good education and was clearly well meant.
Race Note: Field shows as 7 on paper. It finished with 5.
Trip Note: Away fine. To rail. Some nonsense in front of her with a foe bolting and taking another with her – slight steady but in the end this one earned a GREAT spot at the rail while talking leaders. Saved every inch. Hunting for a spot to shoot at the top of the stretch. Stalker on the outside lugged just a touch and gave this one a clear shot. Earned place money but the filly that won was on cruise control and this one had a dream trip. Not for me – especially at 7-2 ML.
Race Note: Was 20-1 ML. Rudy had 2 in here, running 1-2 and winning with bigger price. Race card was only 4 races as a monsoon rolled through. Be careful with figs.
Trip Note: Was away OK and clean. Watched head on before turn and this one with very “sound action.” Ran OK through the turn without any real ask. Wider than needed through turn and into lane. Ran on OK. This was a good education for a filly that should take to turf and move up. If she gets in she’ll be a huge number and will get a couple bucks from me.
Race Note: Was 10-1 ML and originally part of two horse entry – the other half scratched. Bet well enough. 4-5* wins by several while under wraps.
Trip Note: Away well and clean. A three prong duel developed right in front of this one. Was in garden spot entering turn. Stalked this duel 2 clear of the rest. Saved ground throughout turn and darn near touched rail into stretch saving ground and shooting up rail. Claimed place money but this was a non-threatening effort and winner put away other speed and helped this one into second spot. Despite this one trying turf for 1st time, will not be on my tickets.
Talk You Out of It
Race Note: Was 4-1 ML. Seven of the nine starters in here were FTS. Pace was very fast early with hooked duelers that were 3-4 clear of the next. Closers dominated.
Trip Note: Mild bump away from the gate. No big deal. Slight pause when entering the far turn when beat to the punch – again, no big deal. Was 3-4W through the turn. Was moving well enough late in turn but others but she should have been given the flow. She’s the ML favorite and I’m playing against. She’s had her chances.