Here is a look at TENS WILD race this afternoon. It is paddock group 2 (Anderson – Griebenow) and we should have a nice pod over in Silks for the race. Hopefully the rain will hold off and we’ll get a nice day of racing in – though TENS is going rain or shine.
1 TENS WILD (BRINSON/GONCALVES)
2 Stoney Fleece (O’Callaghan/Richard) – Steadily dropping through the ranks, you never know when he’ll finally hit his level and be a threat again. Hopefully his isn’t it, though his speed figures indicate that it could be. He’ll be coming off the pace with us.
3 Hunterwood (Biehler/Velazquez) – Steady competitor narrowly missed at this level last out and definitely improved over the turf.
4 Citron Kid (Biehler/Keith) – First after a claim the Biehler barn is 9%. $16,000 may be all the money for this gelding though the cutback in distance should be helpful.
5 Corporate Chapel (Sweere/Murphy) – Has been consistently running against better but has failed to be competitive. This level still may be high.
6 Dr Action (Brinson/Escobar) – Clay’s “other” horse (to us anyway!) just won in this spot last out under the perfect trip. I don’t know if he’ll get the same kind of trip today, but the last out win makes him tough.
7 Sound Effect (Diodoro/Vergara) Hit the board in 2 $20,000 races here but couldn’t in the $16,000 he ran in, though the difference was minimal. This one belongs but may not be able to get there with only 7 ½ furlongs to work with.
8 Sweeping Victory (Amoss/Goncalves) – MAIN TRACK ONLY
The obvious question is: can we win? Of course we can but it won’t be east. With several in here you’re just not quite sure what they are going to do or what class level they really belong at. They could be passing through to lower ranks or find their level right here.
TENS was very worked up prior to his last race and left most of his race in the paddock. Clay has schooled him in the paddock nearly all week long and said that he seems to be relaxing more and more with each trip over. If he can be even half as nervous as he was before his last race, we’ll run much better.
Though he came from far out of it last time to make a run, look for him to be closer to the pace this trip. If he can settle in behind Citron Kid and Dr Action, he should be able to make a late charge. I do wonder if the 7 ½ furlongs is long enough for him, but if he can stay near the lead and have a closing kick, it shouldn’t matter.