Race Note: Was 8-1 ML. Trainer is 2-74 with FTS starters going into this. 3rd place finisher came back to win a MSW at LRL next out going long on grass. Winner hasn’t come back yet. He was a Pletcher that stalked throughout, and when the early leader packed it in (was the only speed that didn’t fire) the winner had a huge advantage on the rest.
Trip Note: Away fine. Pace was an absolute dawdle. This was one had a good stalking trip throughout, most of the race racing 3W. Was green in the lane and has a long strider. Expecting improvement.
Race Note: Was 7-2 ML. No real action. Winner was Mott FTS that dueled and held on. Other speed runs 3rd. Six of 8 were FTS.
Trip Note: Broke inward and some momentum loss early. Eased around a foe entering far turn and nice move to get into contention while in between. Stayed on for a bit and then faded. Was a good run considering the start and nice midrace move – and betting to me suggests they had other ideas for him anyway. More here.
Nikki My Angel
Race Note: Was 6-1 ML. 9-5 while in gate and drifted up. Took some money.
Trip Note: Was away 2 lengths slow. Last early. Decent speed to recover some down the backstretch. At rail through turn when gaining stopped and she began backing up. Will need big improvement. Not running against Ohio-breds at Toga.
Race Note: Was 3-1 ML and hammered. Winner was Mott FTS that dueled and held on. Other speed runs 3rd. Six of 8 were FTS.
Trip Note: Away fine and ridden for speed. Out-quicked early. Was behind the speed and eased to the 3 path to stalk. I big midrace move by Apurate who moved in between strongly moved this one to the 4 path. Stuck 4W through turn. Ran evenly from here all the way to the wire. Excused given the ground loss and education, but like the next one more….
Race Note: Was 7-2 ML and bet hard. Seven of the nine in here was FTS. Winner of this one ran a very respectable 4th in a G2 event last Saturday.
Trip Note: Away well enough and ridden for speed. Had what you would think was a good spot early in the turn while stalking a hooked duel while saving ground – but it wasn’t. Started climbing when hit with throwback. Went from 3 back to 8 back before she stopped losing momentum. Big run to get back into the race – and actually galloped out with the winner who was a deep closer. This is usually the kind of horse that you’ll find me at the window telling the clerk, “Hit it again. Hit it again. Again. Again. Again. Um….yeah….3….no….5 more times.” Believe this one has hidden speed, too.