The second jewel is in the books and we won’t be seeing a Triple Crown winner this year. That’s ok, as we waited 37 years for the last one, and I sure want the racing world to not assume it’s so easy we’ll just run off three or four in a row. – The fast pace, the rain, and the grandstands filled to capacity were plenty to get the inner-horse player in all of us jumping. But the game continues and it is time to go back to the drawing board. – Here are some problem runners who need a good look before heading to the windows as they could start your bankroll heading in the right direction.
5/21/16 – Race #6 – 6 1/2f on the poly track
#11 – Defiant Flyer = Murrill Mitchell in the saddle, and he settled out his runner and was forced to split horses in tight quarters and made a decent run to finish 4th after being far back in the field.
5/21/16 – Race #8 – 1 mile on the turf
#7 – Dabria = Julio Felix was the reinsman and his mount was forced to take up to avoid the geese who wandered onto the track going five wide afterwards. – Maybe if the Aflac goose stays home he’ll get his picture taken next out.
5/21/16 – Race #2 – 1 1/16 on the inner turf
#1 – Industrial Policy = Junior Alvarado in the irons and his mount stumbled badly at the start and the rider just jogged her home for a work over the track.
5/21/16 – Race #4 – 6f on the turf
#1 – First Charmer = Junior Alvarado in the saddle and he checked down the backstretch and just mailed it home from there going five wide on the turn and jog home.
5/21/16 – Race #6 – 1 mile on the turf
#2 – He’ll Pay = Florent Geroux in the irons, and his mount was shuffled back leaving the starting gate and put in a sub par effort after the fact.
5/21/16 – Race #12 – 1 1/16 on the turf
#3 – Captain Dixie = Nik Juarez in the saddle, and even though the green was saturated, his mount bumped leaving the starting gate and altered course in mid stretch.
5/21/16 – Race #13 – 1 3/16
#1 – Cherry Wine = Corey Lanerie was in the irons, and the fast paced Preakness played perfectly into his plans. – Coming out of the starting gate he hit his head and bobbled a bit. All things considered, the way he closed down the lane this guy is getting good at the right time.