Horses to Watch – Ed Meyer
The first day of summer has arrived with thoughts of sipping ice tea on the porch, watching kids chase lightning bugs and going fishing. – For handicappers it’s only a stone’s throw away until we’ll be watching Saratoga, Del Mar and the once a year fair circuits. I think horseplayers keep time in 20 minute intervals (minutes to post) and the months by what track is in session. Either way, just sit back and sip on a cool glass of lemonade and crack open your Daily Racing Form. Summer won’t last forever. And be sure to keep your sunglasses on for these red-hot runners who deserve a good hard look before going to the windows.
6/18/16 – Race #5 – #5 – 1 1/16 on the dirt
#5 – Gray Sky = James Graham in the saddle for D. Wayne Lukas and they hooked a bear on this day by the name of Gun Runner in the (G-3) Matt Winn Stakes. He tracked the speed all the way and drafted just off his flank. – Sometimes you just can’t get the job done because your facing top-notch company. He did nothing wrong, and deserves a second play back against just a step below the winner.
6/18/16 – Race #7 – #1 – 1 1/16 on the dirt
#1 – Thatcher Street = Brian Hernandez had the call, and his mount was tracking intently all the way around and the speed was enough to set up a stalker / closer. He made a wide move into the turn and finished up with good energy to finish third in the (G-2) Wise Dan Stakes. – Give him a nice look next out and maybe they’ll give him a little more ground to work with.
6/18/16 – Race #8 -#7 – 1 1/8 on the dirt
#7 – Eagle = Brian Hernandez in the irons for Neil Howard, and this guy was play against the big chalk Effinex in the (G-1) Stephen Foster Stakes. – The fractions were honest and this closer had to chase down the pace setter with Bradester with “Jersey” Joe Bravo in the saddle. – He was 9 wide into the first turn and taken into the three path as they turned for home under the Twin Spires. – He’ll be a player we’ll be watching in the summer-fall racing season.
6/18/16 – Race #2 – #2 – 6f on the inner turf
#2 – Conquest Sure Shot = Jose Lezcano was the pilot for Mark Casse, and this first time starter was off slow from the break and was forced wide and even wider at stages in the races. He finished up with good energy and deserves another play for the Conquest Stables.
6/19/16 – Race #8 – #5 – One mile on the turf
#5 – Welcoming = John Velasquez had the call for Christophe Clement, and saved ground the entire trip in the cat-bird seat. Once he tried to angle out for clear sailing at the 1/8th pole he had to steady just briefly and that couple stride hold up may have cost her the race. The ride was perfect but when the cavalry was coming it out her in a tight spot long enough to lose momentum. – Play her with both hands next out.
6/19/16 – Race #8 – #6 – 1 1/8 on the turf
#6 – Be Mine = Flavien Prat was the reinsman and did an excellent job of moving at the precise time with his filly. – He set her down to split runners and looked like the winner only to receive a tough “head bob” at the wire to be a bridesmaid. The rider is a turf-tough guy and deserves a good look back. If Prat is still in the irons which he should be, bet early and often.