America celebrated our 239th Independence Day, and BBQ grills around the nation had a pretty good workout. Add in the fireworks spectacular, and it was a full weekend indeed. Oh, did I mention there was so much incredible racing action it could have filled every horse player’s plate for second and third helpings. – With the bevy of action, there are some runners who will more than sparkle next time out to the races.
Samraat = Belmont / Race #4 / #4 / 7/4/15 – The compact field turned out to be a “smash em’ crash em'” affair. He was squeezed at the break, and fought tooth and nail to the 3/8th’s pole. Just when you thought the bumpy ride was over, he was nailed again before tossing in the towel. Give him a clean start and you’ll see a whole new runner appear.
Strict Compliance = Belmont / Race #10 / #14 / 7/4/15 – Away awkwardly from the gate, and was wide most of the race. She had the services of Javier Castellano and he makes few mistakes. At 17-1, I felt the price was worth the outside post draw. Once he got sailing after being 8 wide he offered up a nice late kick to finish 4th. Give her a quick clock and she’ll set the record straight next out.
Sharp Gal = Belterra Park / Race #4 / #6 / 7/4/15 – Tom Drury trainee was a victim of a domino effect when another filly fell and caused a horrible chain reaction. She was stalking in a winner’s stride when she went down around the 1/4 pole. – He said she came back fine, and be on the lookout for some payback.
Emmett Park = Ellis Park / Race #3 / #3 / 7/4/15 – Jon Court was aboard and had to over come a slow start being wide. Once he regained composure, he looped up five wide and came rolling. Looked like a winner but was bested by Joh’s Gone Wild. – I think a clean start gets the job done next out.
Mosler = Woodbine / Race #10 / #2 / 7/5/15 – Shaun Bridgmohan was blocked in mid-stretch and appeared to have a handful of horse. He finished up with a handful, and will get loose in the lane next out. Be on the lookout for him to appear at Belmont for Bill Mott and the same rider in the long stretch of “Big Sandy.”