Problem Ponies – Horses to Watch – 8/29/16

The un-official days of summer are coming to an end with the Labor Day holiday. – The days will get shorter by the minute and the oppressive humid air will be replaced by cool crisp autumn breezes. – The weekend was chock-full of incredible racing action and the Travers Day card at Saratoga did not disappoint. – Here are some runners who encountered a tough trip, had a good excuse, and hopefully will offer good value next time to the races.




8/28/16 – Race #2 – #2 – Brianbakescookies – 1 3/8th’s on the turf

This colt was bumped soundly at the break and finished up with a strong late kick.


8/28/16 – Race #4 – #1 –  Penjade – 1 1/16 on the turf

Filly was bumped leaving the gate and was rank most of the race. – She put in a impressive run late nearing the wire.


8/28/16 – Race #6 – #1 – I’m a Chatterbox – 1 1/8 on the dirt

She showed very good speed, and the pace duel may have cost her precious gas in the tank. – She’ll come back and respond better for the Larry Jones barn.


8/28/16 – Race #7 – #8 – Wavell Avenue – 7f on the dirt

We all have a bad day at the office, and this is one where you can toss this race. “Wavell” can roll late and relish the distance. – This race is a toss out and I think if she comes back and shows good morning works we’ll see a new runner next time out.




8/28/16 – Race #2 – #1 – Valetino’s Day – 5 1/2f on the dirt

Bumped at the start was a beaten favorite. That is a solid bettors’ angle and we’ll be on the watch. A troubled trip going short can have you looking forward as they just don’t have enough time to regroup.


8/28/16 – Race #4 – #2 – Green Gratto – 6f on the dirt

Bobbled at the start and made a solid bid and was gunned down in the shadow of the wire. – This is a playback runner sitting on GO !


8/28/16 – Race  #7 – #9 – Banana Anna – 1 1/16 on the dirt

Beaten chalk who put in a super effort rallying from the back of the pack. – Next time may be the answer, but you’ll have to use in multi-race exotics to find maximum value.


Belterra Park


8/28/16 – Race #2 – #6 – Johnny Utah – 6f on the dirt

Came out unprepared and once he got his legs under him he showed a solid late kick only to tire down the lane.


8/28/16 – Race #3 – #8 – Spaced Out – 1 mile and 70 yards

Good speed throughout and just got a little leg weary down the lane. I’m looking for a longer distance or a shorter where he can track the speed and pounce when ready.


8/28/16 – Race #4 – #6 – Silver Coin Lady – 5 1/2f on the dirt

Impressive winner, and if they write a non-winners of four. She’ll give them a good spanking next out !