EZ EFFORT: Trainer Kory Owens is deadly with first time starters. EZ ran a winning race and just did fail to run down the lone speed in this race. Came flying late and blitzed by the winner, but past the wire. This one is a real runner but we won’t get the 5/1 he went off in this race. The price should still be fair and he will be a solid single in the picks. $$$$$
STRASBOURG: Was in from Churchill Downs for trainer Asmussen. Breaking from the 10 post in this mile race on the dirt, battled tooth and nail the entire mile despite constant pressure from both sides. Finished with courage and was one of four heads on the line. Settled for fourth in a very game effort. If this one can clear early next time out he will be long gone.
BRITENESS: First time starter for trainer Carla Gaines who has been sending out all live runners had the misfortune of hooking up with the even money and very fast Twelve Folds. She ran her race finishing second in this 11 horse field more than five lengths clear of the rest. This filly will be another solid single next time out especially if Rosario sticks with her.
DIXIELAND BLUES: Was exiting our HTW list and somehow was let go at 7-2, but won like even money as he just blitzed this field of straight maidens going down the hill. We will keep him on our list as this In Excess gelding looks to have a big future on the grass.
ASHLEY’S BAMBINO: First time starter for trainer Peter Euton was trying the downhill turf course. Broke slow and then was squeezed off to dead last. Looked completely out of the race, but he came out and made a huge late run. Just missed second by a head in a super effort. $$$
TIPPETY TAP TAP: If you were listening to the Bad Beat show on Jan. 2 when this horse ran you would have had the $2 exacta that paid $263.80. The winner, Surplus, was my selection at 3-1. Tippety Tap Tap was Ralph Siraco’s long shot. Tippety Tap ran a huge race going a flat mile on the grass and was gaining with every stride at the end going off at 40-1. Let’s give him a big shot to be right there again going long on the grass at a price. Tune in every Monday morning to 1400 AM and listen to me, Ralph and his bartenders.
DUST AND DIAMONDS: This speedy girl ran a much better than looked race in her first start here despite fighting the early pace the entire way. If able to clear next time out she will get the win.
TIZ A TRIP: This lightly raced 4yo colt must have his problems, but this was the best race he has ever run in this second start for Sadler. Maybe Sadler has this colt healthy. If able to move forward off this effort, look for him in the winner’s circle next time out.