The day is upon us. Our first claim is getting ready to run his first race. While MUNDY was exciting, ASK EDDY was our first so he holds a special place – especially trying to overcome a balky ankle and two downright lousy races. Before we get to how his race shapes up, here is some housekeeping for Saturday.
We will have a section in Silks, some patio seating set aside for us if it’s dry, inside if it’s wet. This time it should be designated as such. As a reminder, Group 2 are letters G – K. We will head over to the paddock after the 7th race is official. I will be down in Silks for at least the 7th race, hopefully earlier. I won’t be back from Detroit until after midnight tomorrow so I’m not sure exactly when I’ll get to the track, but I will be there!
Now with no further ado…
Littlebrownroad (Berndt/Martin): 2nd at a much shorter race at this level last out but certainly seemed to want more room. Record at the distance – 5 wins in 24 starts – is very good so don’t let the PPs with all the sprints deceive you. This old timer (10 with 103 starts) still has fight left in him.
Cachemassa Creek (Donlin/Butler): Another old warrior (9) with 23 Canterbury starts on his resume (7 wins) he was claimed last out by Lucky Horseshoe Racing by trainer Larry Donlin. Very consistent check earner but has only seen the winners’ circle twice since August 2011.
British Columbia (Chambers/Von Rosen): Claimed for $6250 two starts back, he completely failed to fire over the turf in his first Canterbury start. He drops down here where he should be competitive and tough to beat.
Tachometer (Pride/Frink): Horse was demolished in two stakes tries in Idaho over a year ago and picks this spot for his comeback. There is a good chance he may need a race.
Jersey Devil (Rhone/Keith): Last win was right of a $16,000 claim in a $35,000 race at Churchill last summer. After a follow up 2nd, the Devil hasn’t sniffed the winner’s circle and now drops to the bottom.
ASK EDDY (BRINSON/A. CANCHARI)
Third Rail (Shyrock/Escobar): Winner in his first Canterbury start of the year at this level and distance, tried to step it up to allowance company on the heels of that win and was rudely welcomed. He’s back here now and has already proven he can win here.
Victory Check (Oliver/Stevens): Another horse dropping in from a higher level after some disappointing efforts.
Miles Heir (Diodoro/Franco): Solid third last out in a starter allowance after shipping in from Santa Anita where he raced at the bottom, picking up some wins along the way. Got a feel for the track last out and could be in a nice position here.
Hammers Bullet (Robertson/Bell): Not sure the last time I saw a Mac/Derek horse at 12-1 in the morning line, but this guy was beaten by 20 last out while showing nothing at all – albeit his first time over the turf. It could be easy to draw a line through that performance if he hated the surface. Won in front running style at Hawthorne in April and seems to do his best running on the engine.
As always, the question we ask here is can our charge win? The answer is a qualified “yes”. He’s been training well but we don’t know how he really feels. There are some toughies in here and his last two races were dismal. EDDY’s best running has been done close to the lead and push on late. Will there be some speed to run at here?
Well…not really. Cachemassa Creek and Hammers Bullet are the closest – as is EDDY! Race strategy could play a part in here as much as how he is feeling. IF he can run his race; IF the ankle doesn’t give him problems; IF he can get a couple of speedsters top track…it could fall into place for us. We do know one thing: he is ready to go, so he should give us a run for our money!