Benny’s 2yo MSW Notes for Wednesday at SAR

Race 3

Apollo’s Abraxas


Race Note:  Was 30-1 ML.  First race against her own sex.  Field shows as 7 on paper. It finished with 5.

Trip Note:  Away fine. Clean. Good speed early.  Was contesting for the lead when the outside contester and 3-1 2nd choice bolted & took a stalker with her. This one inherited the lead on a slow pace. Coughed up lead with no resistance at top of stretch. Yuck.  Not with Monopoly money.


Jen’s Battle


Race Note:  Was entered for 100K Stillwater Stakes going 6F on dirt on 7-18 but opted for the maiden try going long on grass instead.  Was 4-1ML in her only try (the only significant underlay in the race).  Believe the winner is a good one for state breds.

Trip Note:  Away fine. Clean. Was about 1 ½ to 2 lengths from lead and got dropped on from outside foe. Forced to steady.  Cost her a ton of momentum.  Was nibbled along in the turn and asked pretty good late in the turn while 3W-ish into the lane.  Hard ask in the stretch now with left handed sticks.  Trying to get this one to switch leads – which she did.  Jock made sure she ran 3rd despite slightly lugging inward in the lane.


Lil Morning Star


Race Note:  Was 20-1 ML but not bet in consideration of scratches & field size.  Back to open company.

Trip Note:  Away OK. Asked for speeds early. Relaxed well enough early and to rail. Intermittent nibbling in turn while saving ground. No apparent trouble with track.  All out ask at top of stretch, switching leads perfectly.  A no excuse last place finish.




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. 3rdplace 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….


Beyond Brown


Race Note:  Was 10-1 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. 3rdplace finisher was 1-1* and won by 6 lengths in second start against same class.  Looks like very live heat.

Trip Note:  Away about ½ length slow.  No real ask early in the turn but running OK. Moved around 2 foes while 4W in the turn. Easing back to the rai late in the turn.  Changed leads extremely early (midway in the far turn) and an all out ask at the top of the stretch.  Running well late, almost caught the third place finisher and remarkably galloped out past the winner.  Wow.


Race 6

Another Miracle


Race Note:  Was 5-1 ML. Considering there was a hard bet down Pletcher at 1-2* in this race, this was solid action. No horse has run back since this race, although the winner posted a huge speed figure.

Trip Note:  Away OK.  Clean.  Up to contest for lead while 2W.  Up to challenge for lead by midway in turn. Being asked late in turn but rail horse going better.  Hard ask now.  Switched leads well at the top of the stretch and a very good stretch run vs a talented winner that frankly, looked like a 3YO compared to this one (this one not very big – not a big deal).


Get Set


Race Note:  Was 8-1 ML.  Bet well.  Winner hasn’t come back yet. Place finisher ran a distant 4th against a strong group of MSW, the winner of which got beat a nose to G3 Sanford winner.

Trip Note:  Away well. Clean.  Showed very good speed and was just 2 or 2.5 lengths from the lead early.  Fairly hard steady while at rail. Too much to describe but this was an awful trip.  He threw his head in the air and began losing length after length in momentum.  Finally got back up to speed with the rest of the field and ran just fine in the lane.  There is absolutely hidden speed here.  Unsure about switch to turf but more talent here.


Now Is


Race Note:  Was 20-1 ML.  Aside from this one, the winner was the only second time starter in the field and went wire to wire for Linda Rice at 3-1.

Trip Note:  Broke best and clean. Showed very good speed early. Clear stalk by far turn.  By midturn this stalker had 3 lengths on the rest.  Pace was fast and field was strung out.  Hard ask at the top of the stretch.  Leader getting away.  Tired the last 1/16 +.  Overall this was a very good trip.


Chimney Rock


Race Note:  Was 5-1 ML.  Because of scratches all horses but one were underlays so think betting was actually below average.  Place finisher just came back to win on turf in MSW affair on 7-6.

Trip Note:  Away 1 length slow but clean. Hard ask for speed.  Right up to contest early.  Pace was fast.  Top 2 were 4 clear after ¼. Hard ask late in turn. Green lane.  Never switched leads and lugged inward in lane. When this one began lugging in the jock gave up.  Blinkers seem appropriate.


Proven Strategies


Race Note:  Was 8-1 ML and hammered relative to the rest of the runners and their ML’s.

Trip Note:  Away quick. Holding head high not long after the start – I have no idea why as he was in the clear with no throwback.  Has pretty good speed.  Was nudged along into the far turn while 3W.  Was a bit green at the top of the stretch while being passed.  In BTW in lane and ran find late, but would tread lightly on one like this that had no real reason to so such greenness.

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