Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer
All of the point value races are on the shelf, and the world of racing goes into a period of waiting. – Hard to believe as it seemed like yesterday we were talking about the Derby trail kicking off. – It won’t be long now as were just 18 days away from Kentucky Derby 142. The crowd dressed to the nines, a sweet heavenly concoction known as a mint julep, and the celebration of the Thoroughbred. – I don’t know if you’re starting to get “Derby Fever” yet, but mine is in full effect. – Sit back get comfy, and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for some runners who may offer up value next time to the races.
Race #7 – 4/13/16 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the turf
#1 – Cite = Jose Lezcano and Bill Mott teamed up to bring a very nice closer to the races. Lezcano saved ground the entire race, and when the real running began he rushed up to find a seem and the hole collapsed forcing him to check back and wait for a spot. – He was on hold for four or five strides, and made a solid bid with ease for minor awards. He looked like a big truck hauling coal uphill. Once you stop a big runner, it is almost impossible to get them back to full speed. – He’ll swing out of traffic next out, and wear down the leaders in the lane.
Race #5 – 4/14/16 – #12 – 1 1/16 on the turf
#12 = Pussy Willow = Irad Ortiz broke his mount quickly from the #12 post and established the lead. He kept his filly to task and tried to put the field to sleep slowing down the fractions from 24 to 49.1 to 1:14.4. – A perfect model on how to keep speed alive, but all of the hard work had her a bridesmaid this day getting run down in the final stages. – She’ll give them fits with a better post draw next out. Catch her if you can !
Race #9 – 4/16/16 – #1 – (G-3) Lexington Stakes 1 1/16
#1 – One More Round = Jose Lezcano had the call for A.C. Avila, and this speedy maiden made a pretty good showing. Lezcano tried to pull the shocker going gate to wire for a barn who knows how to bring a horse to the races, and loves to make a solid wager. They seldom venture outside of California, but when they do it is usually with good intent. – He’ll be a nice runner to follow, but I doubt you’ll get that (40-1) in a maiden affair as his odds showed in this stake race.
Race #4 – 4/17/16 – #7 – 6 1/2f on the dirt
#7 – Gorelli = Kendrick Carmouche in the saddle as he had his mount in full flight when riders got their whips caught up in a cross-fire tangle forcing Carmouche to lose his baton late in the lane. He was rolling nicely and was beaten a little over a length, and that may have been the little distraction to get him off task. – Maybe a cleaner trip has him getting his picture taken next out.
Race #6 – 4/17/16 – #4 – 1 1/16 on the turf
#4 – Tizzelle = Kendrick Carmouche in the irons, and his mount was bumped soundly at the start by a runner breaking inward. – The rider settled his mount, and saved ground the entire race to show good energy trying to run down the wire to wire winner. – Maybe a little less “gate break pinball” has him running into the winner’s circle next time out.