Monday, February 19, 2018

Holiday Monday Racing in Arkansas

Happy Presidents' Day.

We take a look at another Derby prep down in Arkansas.

Oaklawn Park Race 9 {The Southwest~G3~1 1/16 mile~3 year-old~Graded Stakes}

A field of ten is expected to leave the gate in this KD 144 prep race. Derby points are at stake here as the connections look toward that first Saturday in May.  There is plentiful speed in this one which could produce a speed-fest, especially the way the Arkansas track has been playing. Speed numbers are very close as each entrant continues to improve along the Derby trail. Avery exciting race will unfold on this Presidents' Day.

#10 Combatant (Santana / Asmussen) might have the edge with his tracking capability as the leaders burn through the early fractions. He holds the second highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and three hearty peaking workouts. A son of Scat Daddy, he is 75% in the money from four career starts.
$2 WIN  /  $3 SHOW.

#4 Mourinho (Van Dyke / Baffert) should be forwardly placed just off the pace setters. He holds the highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and four high powered, peaking workouts. This son of Kentucky Derby winner, Super Saver, is 100% in the money from four career starts.

#8 Zing Zang (Lanerie / Asmussen) should be a big beneficiary of a hotly contested pace. He has a couple of very good last out speed numbers, a three race progression, and three solid peaking workouts. A son of Tapit, he is now just showing great progress in the racing game.

#1 My Boy Jack (Desormeaux / Desormeaux) is another that should benefit from a sizzling pace. He holds three excellent last out speed numbers,  a seven race progression, and three top notch peaking workouts. This son of Creative Cause, is 72% in the money from seven starts.

10 CENT Superfecta 

#10 Combatant  /  #4 Mourinho  /  #8 Zing Zang,  #1 My Boy Jack  /  ALL.




Superfecta Sunday Results
Gulfstream Park R11.  Allowance Optional Claiming.  We scuttled our 10 CENT Superfecta Box attempt, due to a scratch. Superfecta went 5-4-7-6.
Our Bronze Horseshoe runner, Secretary At War, finished 2nd for show money of $1.20.
Bankroll gains a couple of dimes to settle at $143.85.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Superfecta Sunday on the Turf

As the sun shines down on the South Florida Turf, we peer into a Stakes caliber Turf contest on this Superfecta Sunday.

Gulfstream Park Race 11 {1 mile~TURF~4 year-old Up~Allowance Optional Claiming}

A field of eight with top Turf pedigrees will hit the green in this second to last race on the card. It has the feel of a Stakes caliber race evidencing the high quality Turf pedigrees represented. There are a few in here that should be forwardly placed which should produce a smooth pace. Speed numbers are fairly close. It should be a dandy of a Turf mile. Our task is to blend together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta ticket.

#4 Secretary At War (I. Ortiz / Jerkens) should have the edge with the fourth highest last out speed number and a superb workout tab. He loves the grass and the distance. This son of War Front is 54% in the money from eleven career starts. He is our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$1 SHOW.

#3 Deeply Undervalued (Castellano / C. Brown) is coming off an extra extended layoff, but appears ready to roll. He holds the second highest (tie) last out speed number and has put in four half mile workouts in preparation for his return to racing. This son of Kitten's Joy is 83% in the money from six career starts.

#7 Funtastic (J. Ortiz / C. Brown) should challenge sharing the second highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and two sound workouts. This guy loves the Turf. A son of More Than Ready, he is 60% in the money from five starts.

#5 Nileator (L. Saez / Romans) should contend with the third highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and one dynamite bullet workout. He should be forwardly placed ready to strike. A son of Pioneer of the Nile, he loves a good Turf mile.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#4 Secretary At War  +  #3 Deeply Undervalued  +  #7 Funtastic  +  #5 Nileator.




Stakes Saturday Results
Fair Grounds Race Course R9.  Risen Star--G2. Our first pick, Principe Guilherme, finished 7th.  Our second pick, Instilled Regard, finished 4th.  Our third pick, Noble Indy, finished 3rd for show money of $4.20.
Superfecta went 7-4-2-5.
Bankroll gets plundered and drops to $143.65.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Stakes Saturday down in NOLA

Another Kentucky Derby prep race rolls up today on this Stakes Saturday. We take a look at a very competitive race down in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Fair Grounds Race 9 {Risen Star~G2~1 1/16 mile~3 year-old~Graded Stakes}

A talented and well bred group of nine will head toward the gate seeking KD 144 points in this annual Graded Stakes race. There are a number in here that could be forwardly placed asserting some speed to keep an honest pace. Speed numbers are extremely close making any horse's race. It should be one of the most exciting races in North America on this Stakes Saturday.

#9 Principe Guilherme (Geroux / Asmussen) might have a slight edge as he has tripled up on the same speed fig in all three of his career starts. Could be an indicator that he is ready to explode on the KD 144 trail. He holds the third highest (tie) last out speed number, a two race progression, and two superb workouts. This son of Tapit, should make a tactical trip over the Fair Grounds track.
$1 WIN  /  $2 PLACE  /  $3 SHOW.

#2 Noble Indy (J. Velazquez / Pletcher) will challenge with the second highest lst out speed number and three hearty workouts. He will be seeking his third win in a row for strong connections. This guy should be motoring on the front end attempting to wire the field. This son of Take Charge Indy, has already notched a win at this distance.
$1 PLACE  /  $2 SHOW.

#5 Instilled Regard (Castellano / Hollendorfer) should contend with the highest (3-way tie) last out speed number and three strength building workouts. This lad is 100% in the money at the distance and in his five race career. A son of Arch, he should be tracking closely and push through in the stretch.
$1 SHOW

#6 Supreme Aura (Bravo / Stidham) should be in the hunt sharing the highest last out speed number, working a two race progression, and putting in four outstanding works. He will be stretching out to this distance after two successive victories from two career starts. A son of Candy Ride [ARG], he is another that should track the pace closely.

10 CENT Superfecta

#9 Principe Guilherme  /  #2 Noble Indy,  #5 Instilled Regard  /  #2, #5, #6 Supreme Aura  /  ALL.



Last Superfecta Sunday (2/11) Results
Gulfstream Park R10.  Optional Claiming. We just missed on our 10 CENT Superfecta play capturing only three of the four wagering interests required. Superfecta went 4-8-3-5.
Our Bronze Horseshoe runner, Black Sea [FR], finished 5th.
Bankroll slips to $151.85.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Superfecta Sunday at Beautiful Gulfstream Park

We look in on a Stakes caliber Turf battle in South Florida for this weeks Superfecta Sunday.

Gulfstream Park Race 10 {1 1/8 mile~TURF~4 year-old Up~Optional Claiming}

A great field of eight will go to the gate in this stakes caliber optional claimer. It comes up a bit light on speed, but it appears others could step up to keep the pace rolling. Speed numbers are very close for this group of quality Turfers. Our task is to string together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta Box ticket.

#2 Black Sea [FR] (Castellano / C. Brown) might be best positioned to take this race. He holds the second highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and two sound workouts. He is 72% in the money from eighteen career starts. He is our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$3 SHOW.

#4 Lucallan (I. Ortiz / McLaughlin) could go off as the deserved favorite with the highest last out speed number, a six race progression, and four strong workouts. This guy loves the Turf and the distance. He is 83% in the money from six starts.

#5 Classic Covey (J. Lezcano / Mott) should take another step forward as he stretches out to this distance. He holds the third highest last out speed number, a five race progression, and two hearty workouts. This lad should be closing swiftly heading into the stretch.

#8 Rocketry (J. Ortiz / Jerkens) should contend with a couple of good last out speed numbers, a two race progression, and three superb peaking workouts. He enjoys the Turf and has done well over the Gulfstream Park course. He is another closer that should strike in the stretch.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#2 Black Sea [FR]  +  #4 Lucallan  +  #5 Classic Covey  +  #8 Rocketry.



Stakes Saturday Results
Tampa Bay Downs R10.  Sam F. Davis--G3.  Our first pick, Vino Russo, finished 3rd for show money of $4.20.  Our second pick, Catholic Boy, finished 2nd for place money of $1.30 and show money of $2.10.  Our third pick, Flameaway, won (1st) for show money of $1.60.
Superfecta went 2-6-3-5.
Bankroll slips to 156.25.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stakes Saturday Derby Prep in Tampa

More Derby points are on the line on this Stakes Saturday. We take in a great race in Tampa, Florida.

Tampa Bay Downs Race 10 {Sam F. Davis~G3~1 1/16 mile~3 year-old~Graded Stakes}

A modest field of seven will go to the gate in this annual Kentucky Derby 144 prep race. There is some speed to keep the pace honest. Speed numbers are fairly close as each of these guys show improvement as they begin their 3 year-old season. It should be a thrilling race.

#3 Vino Russo (J. Velazquez / Pletcher) might pull off the victory as he embarks on his third win in a row. He holds a couple of decent last out speed numbers and four earnest peaking workouts. A son of Curlin, he will be stretching out to this distance after a victory over the Tampa Bay track. Expect him to be forwardly placed.
$1 WIN  /  $2 PLACE  /  $3 SHOW.

#6 Catholic Boy (Franco / Thomas) should go off as the favorite as he begins his three year-old season. He holds the highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and four hearty, peaking workouts. A son of More Than Ready, he should be tracking the pace closely ready to strike.
$1 PLACE  /  $2 SHOW.

#2 Flameaway (J. Lezcano  / Casse) should challenge with the second highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and two stout workouts. He has the tactical speed to be on the pace from the start. A son of Scat Daddy, he has already scored four wins from six starts.
$1 SHOW.

#4 Septimus Severus (J. Ortiz / Weaver) could surprise with a couple of decent last out speed numbers and one sound workout. He is 100% in the money from two career starts. This son of Roman Ruler, should take up a tracking position.

10 CENT Superfecta

#3 Vino Russo  /  #6 Catholic Boy  /  #2 Flameaway, #4 Septimus Severus  /  ALL.




Last Superfecta Sunday Results
Santa Anita Park R7.  Maiden Claiming. We flubbed our 10 CENT Superfecta Box play, only getting one of the four required for victory. Superfecta went 7-4-1-9.
Our Bronze Horseshoe runner, All Net, finished 2nd for show money of $3.60.
Bankroll loses eight dimes to settle at $157.65.





Sunday, February 4, 2018

Superfecta Sunday on Super Bowl Sunday

Today we enjoy the 52nd Super Bowl. Despite the fact that we relish Parx Racing over Suffolk Downs, we do not have a horse in this race.

There is, however, some great horse racing to watch and wager this afternoon across North America before the big event. On this Superfecta Sunday we take in a fine Maiden Claiming race at "The Great Race Place."

Santa Anita Park Race 7 {1 1/16 mile~3 year-old~Fillies~Maiden Claiming}

A good crop of ten will go to the gate in this fine race. There is some speed to keep the pace rolling. The entire field will be stretching out to this distance making it all the more intriguing. Speed numbers are very close as each one of these girls seek to win their first race. It will be a very competitive event. Our task is to cobble together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket.

#4 All Net (T. Baze / Mullins) might have the advantage as she drops in from a more competitive event and makes a surface switch. She holds the third highest last out speed number and has put in four superb peaking workouts in preparation. This gal should track and close gracefully. She is our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$2 WIN.

#9 Mischievious Lass (Conner / Glatt) could go off as the favorite with the highest (tie) last out speed number, a three race progression, and two stout workouts. She loves the Turf and the Santa Anita course having hit the board in both her efforts. This gal will be closing swiftly.

#6 Taylorealswift (Bejarano / Baltas) should challenge sharing the highest last out speed number, working a two race progression, and putting in two hearty workouts. This gal is another that enjoys the Turf and the Santa Anita course. She should take up a tracking position and sprout in the stretch.

#3 Artistic Ministry (Roman / Miyadi) should contend as she could be close to the lead with a couple of decent last out speed numbers and two solid peaking workouts. She will be making her fourth career start with a 33% in the money record.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#4 All Net  +  #9 Mischievious Lass  +  #6 Taylorealswift  +  #3 Artistic Ministry.




Stakes Saturday Results
Gulfstream Park R12.  Holy Bull--G2.  Our first pick, Audible, won (1st) for win money of $4.20, place money of $4.40, and show money of $4.80.  Our second pick, Enticed, finished 4th.  Our third pick, Pony Up, finished 5th.
Superfecta went 4-2-7-1.
Bankroll gets a bump on the win to settle at $158.45.



Saturday, February 3, 2018

Holy Bull, It's Stakes Saturday

Yes. On a Saturday of three Kentucky Derby preps we look in on the biggest one of the day down in beautiful South Florida.

Gulfstream Park Race 12 {Holy Bull~G2~1 1/16 mile~3 year-old~Graded Stakes}

A reduced field of nine will enter the gate in this annual Derby prep. There is enough speed to maintain an honest pace. Speed numbers are very close making it super competitive. All but one have been nominated to the Triple Crown. It should be a tremendously exciting race on a Stakes Saturday full of great races.

#4 Audible (Castellano / Pletcher) might have the edge as he stretches out to this distance with the highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and three superb workouts. He will be embarking on his third win in a row. A son of Into Mischief, he should be relatively close to the pace and spring into the stretch.
$1 WIN  /  $2 PLACE  /  $3 SHOW.

#1 Enticed (Rosario / McLaughlin) should challenge with the third highest (3-way tie) last out speed number and four hearty peaking workouts. He has already notched a win at this distance as well as hitting the board in all three of his career starts. A son of Medaglia d'Oro, he should show a tracking strategy and strike in the stretch.
$1 PLACE  /  $2 SHOW.

#8 Pony Up (J. Velazquez / Pletcher) should contend with the second highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and two solid workouts. He is another that will be stretching out to this distance. A son of Aikenite, he should track and close mightily.
$1 SHOW.

#2 Free Drop Billy (L. Saez / Romans) should also find himself in contention with a couple of o.k. last out speed numbers and four strong workouts. Although he ran a clunker in his last, he is 80% in the money from five career starts. A son of Union Rags, he will be tracking and closing with vigor.

10 CENT Superfecta

#4 Audible  /  #1 Enticed  /  #8 Pony Up,  #2 Free Drop Billy  /  ALL.





Last Superfecta Sunday (1/28) Results
Sam Houston Race Park R9. Houston Ladies Classic Stakes--G3.  We faltered on our 10 CENT Superfecta box play, hitting only two of the four needed to win. Superfecta went 8-7-2-6.
Our Bronze Horseshoe runner, Martini Glass, finished 3rd for show money of $2.80.
Bankroll dips to $156.25.