We will have a pod reserved in Silks tomorrow for the Canterbury Racing Club as TENS WILD heads to post in the 6th race. The race is a $16,000 claiming race over the grass going 7 1/2 furlongs.
Here is a rundown on the field:
1 – TENS WILD (Brinson/Butler)
2 – Gentle as a Breeze (Berndt/Escobar): Lots of speed in this guy who had a tremendous race two back demolishing a $10,000 claiming field by 11 1/4 in an off the turf mile event. Just missed a few times over the Phoenix turf but the make up here is much different (see MUNDY 2-years ago). He tended to rate a bit better at Turf Paradise but that was also for his former barn.
3 – Mr. Mischief (Granitz/Goncalves): Solid turfer likes to go a bit quick early as well. Finished ahead of us 2-starts back but that’s when TENS was getting a bit worked up in the paddock.
4 – Hunterwood (Biehler/Velazquez): Steady runner finished well in both Canterbury turf appearances but finished behind TENS in his last.
5 – Go Gold (Westermann/Sanchez): Likes to come off the pace and should have plenty of pace to run at. Tries turf for the second time in his career and going perhaps a bit longer than he likes.
6 – Unsaddled Glory (Donlin/Richard): Pulled up and vanned off last out, it’s amazing how many of these type come back to win. Finished a solid 3rd two back in a $20,000 claimer and like to flash early speed.
It’s small field and we have a new pilot on board, leading rider Dean Butler. For a 7 1/2 furlong race there is an awful lot of early speed in there. You’d almost think that we were part of it – and we can be (see last race) – but I don’t think we have to be. The shape of the race looks like it is going to set up like TENS win when we claimed him – tuck in behind the speed and then a solid run to the finish. If it works out this way, I think we have a very good chance of winning this one.
Clay has schooled TENS the paddock a few times again this week and with the heat and humidity forecasted tomorrow, it’s important that he’s nice and relaxed. Clay has done all he can and our boy is ready.
We’ll see you in Silks and paddock group 3 will lead the way to victory!
Great win. Watching it from home cheering like a mad man. Great ride for Dean!