Benny Southstreet’s 2yo Notes for Sunday at SAR


Race 7

Fly So Pretty


Race Note:  Was 5-1 ML.  Tough to get a read on the action with the full field.

Trip Note:  Broke very well.  Allowed to relax.  A 4 across eye ball duel early and a 3 across stack were stalking. This one was the outside horse on the 3 across stack. Was 4W entering the far turn and began rallying from the early point in the far turn. Was drifting wider than needed. Eased 4-5-6W into lane. Clear shot down the lane. Didn’t switch leads until inside the 1/16 pole. Top 2 saved ground throughout. Winner was rail stalker on the 3 across stack and place horse was the eye ball dueler on the rail. On ground loss alone this one was best.

Mom’s Pass


Race Note:  Was 3-1 ML.  Tough to get a read on the action with the full field.

Trip Note:  Broke like a rocket and immediately clear easy.  To the rail. Nibbled at early to maintain lead entering far turn. Held rail spot through turn and cut corner well into the stretch. Switched leads right of the turn and good kick for home.  Ran well but believe Fly So Pretty has more upside and maybe even ran better.

Queen of Shades


Race Note:  Was 5-2 ML.  Wasn’t bet particularly well.

Trip Note:  Broke well.  Took lead into far turn and put other speed (Pletcher at the rail) into a tight spot and forced a pause on that one.  Early in turn was clear by 2 lengths and owned rail.  By late turn this one was caught by a wall of three horses that moved right past her.  She offered no resistance to the move.  Just outside the 1/16 pole she got hit with throwback and became green.  If race was on dirt I’d really dislike this one – but she is quick and the move to the turf might be the right medicine.

Race 8



Race Note:  Was 30-1 ML.  Obvious strong race for a maiden to enter.  Was a favoring inside bias this day.

Trip Note:  Broke well. Stalking favorite while a length clear of 3rd horse early in turn.  Was hard ridden to hold second spot while a 3W foe grinded past this one.  Leader opening up. Pass for 2nd now, this one landed the golden rail through the lane. Even from there.

Three Technique


Race Note:  Was 5-2 ML.  Despite 2 scratches this one comfortably received the most action.  Winner went wire to wire on a dawdling pace.

Trip Note:  Broke well. Clean.  No speed and regulated to last early.  Waited at the back and eased 2-3-4W late in turn for the drive. Lugged in a touch at top of stretch.  When this one switched leads he ran home nicely.  A good run given the pace but will need to show more speed.

Yankee Empire


Race Note:  Was 7-2 ML.  Even action.  Winner went wire to wire on a dawdling pace.

Trip Note:  Broke last of the quartet and clumsy from the gate. Last the 1st hundred yards and then big move up the rail.  Ran up on the leader and had to slam on the breaks.  Back two lengths and then back up to the leader in tight quarters again.  Unhappy.  Already made 2 moves and burned gas. Head cocked left late in the turn and still unhappy.  Finally room at TOS after slight pause to move outside of leaders heels.  Finally in the clear but spent.  Considering all the gas burned this one ran fine in the lane.  Plenty of speed here.



Race Note:  Was 3-1 ML and hammered.  Was beat by eventual winner of G3 Sanford on 7-14.

Trip Note:  Was off about 1 length slow. 3-4W down backstretch. Was 3W in turn and gaining a bit in turn.  Eventual winner was right in front of this one and moved to the 3path late in turn to go around top two foes, making this one move the 4 path entering the stretch. Switched leads well and nice stretch run.  Lost bob for the win.

Mr Thrifty


Race Note:  Was 5-1 ML.  Winner of this race was a FTS for Jason Servis that went off at 2-1*. Third place finisher won a MSW going 4.5F next out at Parx, earning a 66 Beyer.

Trip Note:  Was a bit fidgety in the gate. Broke well enough and hard ridden for speed. The outside post cleared the field here.  Immediately after the leader that dove into the turn nicely.  This one was game. Tried hard to get to the eventual winner throughout.  Was gaining when the wire saved the leader.  Solid effort.

Lucky Curlin


Race Note:  Was 4-1 ML. Some well meant ones in here first time out so not a big deal IMO.

Trip Note:  Was away average but clean. Nudged for some speed but outquicked by top ones early. To rail.  Rail entering the turn and harder ask now.  Was gaining a touch but came to an outside foe that had a length advantage on this one on to his outside – touch to run up in that hole for FTS. Became green for a few jumps. Cost this one about a length.  Ran hard through the lane and wasn’t all that bad.  Believe this one will improve with the outside draw if he gets in.

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