Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Weekend Review

Sorry for the delay. It’s been a fairly busy week (end) and when you add in the other major non-horse events that have gone on the last few days (NHL Finals, UFC 99, Confederation’s Cup, the Miguel Cotto fight, NBA Finals etc) including the world record purchase by Real Madrid of Cristiano Ronaldo, from my beloved Manchester United, its taken me some time to catch up.

G2 Californian

Rail Trip is thoroughly overrated. The only way to save his once promising career is to try running on something other than shredded tires, where his early pace might be better served. This was a poor race won by a claimer and it never bodes well for a race when the entire field is within 3-4 lengths of each other at the wire. This race is a complete non-factor in the older division. Even the Beyer was poor with its new and improved (ie overly inflated) synthetic Beyer.

G1 Stephen Foster

Sometimes connections overstate poor trips their horses receive, but Einstein was really unfortunate in this race from the very beginning. Bumped early and late, clipping the heels of another horse, bottled up virtually the entire way around the track… this was nightmare. It’s unfortunate since Einstein has become a sentimental favorite of many because of his freakish versatility.

Not much to take from this race. The final time was poor, the Beyer was poor and the favorite never had a chance to run.

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G3 Poker Handicap

Sailors Cap is a really cool horse. He is a wet surface specialist and he’s yet to run a poor race over any kind of soft going. I love the fact that the trainer said the weather channel would dictate his next start. Its hard to get a peg on Kip Deville’s performance. Most will consider it a post Dubai regression, but even considering that seeing him finish so poorly against a small field of horses was tough to watch. Hopefully the second start off the Dubai layoff will be better, but perhaps his age is catching up to him.

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