by Ed Meyer

posted on February 7, 2009 in General Discussion, News, Other Events | No Comments >>

If you were watching the Big “A” signal on Saturday, you saw what a soft spot looks like. This one was worth $100,000, and maybe a glimpse of things to come..

I have to say that this soft spot for Haynesfield facing five others, looked to be an opportunity to build a bankroll. I was  sure that this New York bred would find himself running nice non-graded stakes races.

Well… That was before the running of the $100,000 Whirlaway.  Jockey Ramon Dominguez was looking under his arm for competition, and was all alone. There was a time when the colt would not change leads down the lane, but he went to work on him with his stick and his mind was sharpened on business.

Steve Asmussen always has a runner up his sleeve, but could this New York bred be the real deal? They team up to 45% together, and today that % just got better.

I can see him maturing nicely. O.K, it was not a graded attempt, yet…. But I see them giving him the acid test, and taking a shot at the up and comers.

Don’t get excited about anyone just yet.. There could be a sweet runner popping out of a Maiden event at Gulfstream or Santa Anita. This runner just jumped up a few notches in my book.  If you followed him to the windows, you were rewarded with:

$2.90 – $2.50 – $2.10 = Win, place, and show payoffs.

Daily-Double – $7.00

Exacta – $22.60

Trifecta- $71.50

Not bad for a soft spot in the road for a colt who may be getting his ticket punched.