Dan the Man Can
Race Note: Race restricted to horses that sold for $45,000 or less at their most recent sale. Winner was shipper from LRL that came from next to last, getting by a Ward filly & first time starter that had led until deep stretch.
Trip Note: Was away OK. Bumped soon after the start from the pace setter who lugged out some after the first 70 yards. Hurt this one’s early a speed a little. Pace seemed on faster side. From there this one stalked throughout while 3W. Was in contention at the top of the stretch but subpar stretch drive, not switching leads until very late (again not until passed) and no punch.
Race Note: Was 4-1 ML. Track bias: None. Race restricted to horses that sold for $45,000 or less at their most recent sale. McPeek runs 1-2 with two first time starters. Pace was slow and field was very compact entering the far turn.
Trip Note: Away fine. Hard ask to make the top. Success. Clear a length entering the far turn and only mildly contested through the turn. Brief spurt at the top of the stretch. Interestingly this one never switched leads until passed (inside the 1/16 pole). Will need to improve.
Race Note: Was 15-1 ML. No action for a barn that tends to get better with racing.
Trip Note: Away fine and some good zip early. Was stuck 3-4W throughout turn while being nudged intermittently for more. Switched leads well but swarmed in but surrounding foes while holding his head a touch high during a fading stretch. Not persevered with the last 1/16. Based on this one’s gate I believe this one needs the lead for his best.
Race Note: Was 3-1 ML. McPeek runs 1-2 with two FTS. Race restricted to horses that sold for $45,000 or less at their most recent sale.
Trip Note: Away last but field broke well. Was not a poor start. At rail and good speed. Dan the Man Can was a touch quicker and jock took hold of this one. Running well at rail. On hold through turn and looked loaded. Good run through out of the turn and into the stretch and looked home. Deeper closer and barn mate went by this one – but this was a good run.
King of American
Race Note: Was 20-1ML. Pletcher wins with favored FTS that gets claimed. Closers ran 1-2.
Trip Note: A small leap at the start and then squeezed. Totally eliminated. After momentum loss from the start this one was 10 back after 100 yards. Finally back on track, this one made a good run through the turn while saving ground. Caught the next to last horse by the top of the stretch. Gaining. Wow. Veered sharply to the stands side at the 1/16 to go around foes. Out of time. Galloped out in front by the clubhouse turn! Don’t see this as a class hike given his race was against opens. Cautious with low percentage connections, but really, really like this one, especially with the added ground.
Race Note: Was 10-1 ML. Race restricted to horses that sold for $45,000 or less at their most recent sale. Winner was shipper from LRL that came from next to last, getting by a Ward filly & first time starter that had led until deep stretch.
Trip Note: Away fine. Good enough speed early with no ask. Tough spot entire backstretch. Plenty of in between and some mild bumping. Finally a clear shot by the far turn, earning the rail. Saved ground throughout turn but nothing to note from here. This one has some speed if wanted.
More Than Silver
Race Note: Was 10-1 ML. Track bias: None. Was very nervous in the gate, actually rearing up a couple of times before the start. Donk had two in here, winning with longer price. Race was originally scheduled for 1 1/16 on the Inner.
Trip Note: Was off ½ slow or so. No speed and plenty of open air throughout. Nothing really worthy to discuss. Only thing one could argue is that 1 turn on dirt is not what they were looking for as the race was originally meant for long on grass, which she gets today.
Race Note: Was 10-1 ML. Track bias: None (speed did well this day but no surprises – pay attention). The 3 horses with racing experience ran 1-2-4 in here. Pletcher a FTS that was dead on board and off board.
Trip Note: Was away OK. Outquicked early and near the back. Hit with throwback. Hated it. Zig zagged briefly and then a significant climbing gate for a few jumps. Decent run through the turn while saving ground. Ran well enough through turn. Looked like she might catch a slice with 1/8 to go but flattened. Galloped out well enough. Another that should move up with the surface switch.
Race Note: Was 20-1 ML. Track bias: None. Donk had two in here, winning with longer price. Race was originally scheduled for 1 1/16 on the Inner.
Trip Note: Was off 2 lengths slow. Not asked for speed – actually reserved. Simply jogged around the track until the top of the stretch and then a hard ask, being stuck right handed and swerving in badly, almost clipping with inside foe, then stuck left handed a few times. Driven hard through the lane and really took off. There is more here. This one ran well late and actually galloped out near the winner. Hmmmm.
Race Note: Was 20-1 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: Away 2 slow and outward. Zig zagged the first 200 yards. Green. To rail and reserved while others ran away from this one. Hard to pick her up on tape. Asked at top of stretch and was actually ridden through the lane. I don’t know how much is here, but I’m certain there is more here than what the average horse player will see. This was strong race and she had no clue what she was doing. Must improve by a lot – just not sure how much….
Race Note: Was 8-1 ML. Track bias: None. Winner was FTS that went 3-5* for J. Englehart in a jog. Every other horse was an overlay. If anyone out of this race gets bet – pay attention – likely b.c they were a no try first time out.
Trip Note: Away OK and ridden for speed. Just wasn’t quick enough and forced to pause out of in BTW spot. Slight steady and loss of a couple of lengths. HATED THROWBACK and immediately started climbing. Jock moved her to a very wide position from this point. Was probably 8W on backstretch and 6W through turn. Pretty decent stretch run after this ground loss and hatred of the surface. Gets a pass for sure and worth following.
Race Note: Was 3-1 ML. Track bias: None. Donk had two in here, winning with longer price. Race was originally scheduled for 1 1/16 on the Inner.
Trip Note: Was away fine and then bobbled a bit, costing her some momentum. Good recovery and made up ground at rail position down backstretch. Made her way to just behind the leader and pause. Entering the far turn she was started to get ridden pretty hard. She already seemed tired. Ridden hard through the turn to keep up while saving ground throughout. Switched leads well enough but had nothing for the drive. Got coasted in from about the 1/8 pole.