The following horses have been spotted as trip note runners and horses to watch in their subsequent starts. Keep in mind that these horses are never automatic bet-backs.
AT GULFSTREAM PARK
CHAUTAUQUA CREEK (Race 3 at GP, April 4, 2013, Maiden Claiming $35,000, 5 furlongs, Turf) – Bad start for first time starter that proved to be much better than her 42-1 odds posted on the tote board. Left last after the start, this filly raced wide down the backstretch and began a menacing move into the turn only to be caught six wide. Passed the entire field except the winner in the stretch and was barely nosed out for second. Only improvement can be in the forecast for this one.
FAME AND FORTUNE (Race 8 at GP, April 5, 2013, Maiden Special Weight, 6 furlongs, Sloppy Track) – Filly was hit at the gate but quickly sprinted into contention and then raced in very tight quarters near the leader before having to check hard going into first turn. She came right back to pass rivals and went after the leader three wide heading into the stretch. Debut runner could not catch the winner after such a rough trip but finished more than a handful of lengths ahead of the rest.
BULL DOZER (Race 8 at KEE, April 5, 2013, OC $62,500, 6 ½ furlongs) – Being behind the first flight all the way to the turn after breaking from the one post, the gelding hesitated slightly into the turn and then proceeded to wander back and forth between the rail and the four path, never having clear sailing and always having to wait until it was too late. He did make a solid late run in the final sixteenth to gain second to a well prepared winner.
WAVE THEORY (Race 9 at KEE, April 6, 2013, Grade One, 1 1/16 miles) – A nightmare trip that started from the far outside, this filly was bumped several times before the first turn and was carried out by another trying to bolt. Before she could get settled into last place she was carried eight wide and was far back. The Chad Brown trainee was still last after ¾ miles and was forced to go six wide in the far turn to have a chance. After a determined stretch run she was nosed out for third. While no competitor could have beaten the winner in the race, this filly was by far the next best and showed she is a threat at the graded stakes level.
LOLLIPOP (Race 10 at KEE, April 6, 2013, $30,000 2L, 6 ½ furlongs) – Second race for Argentine import with blinkers on, who was squeezed a bit at the start, then engaged in a duel that lasted until the sixteenth pole. From the top of the stretch until the sixteenth pole the colt exchanged bumps with rival. No doubt the duel and trip took enough out the colt, who still finished a very good second to a closer who was waiting to pounce. A bit softer pace and kinder trip will help this one next out.
PAROLED (Race 6 at KEE, April 7, 2013, Allowance 1X, 1 1/8 miles, Turf) – Gelding broke in air and was quickly a dozen lengths from the front runner. The rider settled the horse and he advanced in behind others at the rear but running with them with ease. Entering the turn traffic thickened and the rider was forced to enter the stretch extremely wide before mounting a solid rally. It was a good effort only a nose from the show spot in a field of ten.
AT TAMPA BAY
KIZUNA (Race 12 at TAM, April 6, 2013, Maiden Special Weight, One Mile, Turf) – Bet well and broke in good position and held position following leader down backstretch. Was in perfect position to win and was moving easily when leader tired badly and bore out. The collision almost caused Kizuna’s rider to fall. All hope was lost in what looked to be the maiden breaker for this three year old.