Problem Ponies – Horses to Watch – 6/1/16

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The “un-official” kickoff of summer is in the books, and handicappers stand at the ready for their favorite summer race meets. Hard to believe the Triple Crown is seeking the final jewel, as it won’t be long until we’re talking Saratoga, Del Mar, and the Arlington Million. But that’s horse racing. – The best part about the game is it always comes back around, and before you know it we’ll be focused on for Breeders’ Cup. – Now just hold the phone ! – I’m not wishing away this beautiful summer, and I know you’re not either. Just sit back, sip your ice tea, and take in the beauty. Nothing lasts forever¬†so just take some time to enjoy the simple pleasures. – In the meantime, here are some runners who encountered some troubles last out, and they need a good look before heading to the windows.






5/28/16 – Race #2 – 6f on the turf

#1 – Whiskey Seven = Jose Ortiz in the saddle and this guy won impressively. A maiden no-more as the late-great Kevin Goemmer would call them as they won. – I love to see some impressive action in a first win, as the public usually awaits next out as they go up in company. He’ll get a very solid price and a repeat is not out of the question.



5/28/16 – Race #5 – 1 1/16 on the turf

#6 – Miss Kew = She had the services of red-hot rider Javier Castellano. What she didn’t get was a clean trip. She was forced to check out sharply at the break and fell back in the field. Once she got her action moving, she was cut off taking up once again. Her move at the 3/8th’s pole began six wide and she cut over to the four path to find to clear sailing. Toss this race, and wait till next time.



5/28/16 -Race #7 – 1 1/16 on the inner-turf

#5 – Hello Don Julio = Kendrick Carmouche was the pilot, ¬†and his mount was “pinballed” around leaving the starting gate and was forced wide into the turn trying to make his run. – There was not much in the tank after the break, and we’ll just have to hope for a solid effort next up to make good for this outing.



Churchill Downs


5/28/16 – Race #2 – 7f on the dirt


#4 – Long Station = Channing Hill in the irons this day, and this claimer was squeezed like a lemon at the start causing the rider to mail it in from there. He was a beaten favorite, and players from all walks love this angle next up.


5/28/16 – Race #5 – 6f on the main

#4 – Top Tiara = Florent Geroux had the call and this filly had tossed the rider after hitting the rail at the 3/16th’s pole. She was showing good speed and attempting to settle out when the spill occurred. – Look for a quick repeat from the Foley barn.


5/28/16 – Race #6 – 1 1/2 on the turf


#3 – Salama = Corey Lanerie aboard for Charles LoPresti. – She encountered traffic early on and was put in a tight squeeze. She fanned five wide and made a solid bid but came up a little empty down the lane. Maybe a little shorter trip is the answer, or maybe it was the troubled trip. Either way, she’ll make a fine wager next out.



Belterra Park


5/29/16 – Race #8 – 1 1/16 on the turf


#6 – My Pardner Cal = Perry Ouzts was aboard in the Green Carpet Stakes, and his mount was jammed up from the start. He was under a full-hammerlock and Ouzts was all out just to keep him from running on to others heels. He tried to settle him many times during the race but it looked like he was almost pulled from the seat. Once they hit the stretch he never had a clear path and ran fourth with a ton of horse under him. – This one loves the weeds, and deserves a good play next out.