Problem Ponies – Horses to Watch – 8/5/16

The big weekend was good and bad. – Great races and Mother Nature had her way drenching the ovals for most of the country. Take nothing away from a super weekend and you can bet dollars to donuts they’ll be back a little later in the summer / fall to set the record straight. – In the meantime, here are some runners who you can follow back to the window with confidence.¬† – Best of luck from your friends at WinningPonies!


Arlington Park



Race #1 – #2 – Illusive Fugitive – 6f on the all weather

Bumped and shifted at the break and was forced 3-4 wide on the final turn. – After all said and done the runner got it all together to finish a game 3rd place finish.


Race #4 – #6 – Nutsandhoney – 6 1/2f on the all weather

Bumped soundly at the 3/16th’s pole and was forced wide as the beaten favorite this day. – They will have payback on their minds next out.


Race #7 – #3 – Miss Gossip – 1 mile on the all weather

Hopped at the start and veered inward. – Made a five to six wide move at the top of the stretch to come rolling late for 2nd money.



Del Mar



Race #3 – #7 – What’sontheagenda – 5 1/2f on the dirt

First time starter was in tight at the start and had to check off heels at the 1/2. – Came back gamely to finish 2nd this day.

Race #5 – #6 – Eric the Trojan – 5f on the turf

Steadied early after the break and fanned five wide gaining ground quickly getting beat right at the wire.


Race #9 -#2 – Bronzino – 1 mile on the turf

Tracked in a perfect spot well handled by Flavien Prat. Made a bid getting a little leg weary down the lane finishing as the beaten favorite. – He’ll benefit greatly from the effort.



Belterra Park



Race #3 – #5 Duval St. – 1 mile on the main

Impressive winner who can be bet right back with confidence for the red-hot Larry Smith barn.


Race #5 – #5 – Silver Tongued – 1 mile and 70 yards

Kept up with the speed and was beaten this day by a much better runner. He’ll come back hungry and ready for the Jeff Greenhill barn.


Race #6 – #4 – Radiant Ruby – 6f on the main

Reserved and confidently handled. Made a solid move at the 3/16th’s pole and was no match for the winner this day. He was a beaten favorite and this is a handicappers playback move.


Race #8 -#4 – Judge Hudson – 1 1/16 on the dirt

Showed good speed tracking just off the pace and was bothered by geese at the 4f pole. The horse dropped back to 4th and immediately came right back to vie for the lead. РAt the top of the stretch was bothered by the leader who veered out and caused the rider to dive to the rail to save ground. РThere was a long objection and no action was taken.


Watching races live or having time to comb over the replays can pay handsome the next time out. – WinningPonies wants to start a “Problem Ponies” list for you to follow back and you’ll be ahead of the game the next time they hit the track. – Be sure to check them against the E-Z Win Forms to see where they fit into the race the next time they come to the races. – Best of luck and keep your eyes peeled for these runners next time out!