No big Benny story today but one is coming soon — and I promise it’s a good one.
That will be in place of regular Benny columns Sat and Sun — he’s playing in a contest and needs to put all his focus on that. I told him that was fine, as long as he donates a percentage of what he wins in the contest over to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation vis turfinc.org/players . Take it away, Benny!
Race Note: Was 6-1 ML. Didn’t think much of this field.
Trip Note: Away fine. Bump shortly after start meant next to nothing. Jump after jump this one was permitted to lose ground with no ask. Terrible ride from a rider who I usually speak highly of. Lost touch with the field. Mild asking early at top of stretch and then harder ask as this one eased wider and wider through the lane. Was really flying when the race ended and galloped out past everyone. Talent here. Just needs to show more speed and blinkers might be the recipe for that.
Ninth of April
Race Note: Was 10-1 ML. Track bias: None. 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. No speed early. Made contact with the rest of the field going into the far turn. Seemed to be going well enough. Eased around two inside foes for 3-4W trip through the turn. When it came time to run the entire field left this one behind. Green stretch.
Dan the Man Can
Race Note: Was 4-1 ML. Track bias: None. 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 5-1 ML and bet to 8-5* Big action for a barn that doesn’t win very ofter with first timers. Track bias: None. 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. Clean. Earned clear stalk by the far turn. Asked to pick up the leader late in the turn and had no answers. The leader pulled away from this one and passed by surrounding horses also. Will need big move up, and not a fan that this one loses one of his favorite riders for a horse that ships in…