CITRON KID with Dean Butler aboard goes in the 3rd tomorrow night. It’s a $10,000 claiming race over the turf going a mile and 16th out of the chute. The weather is supposed to be dicey and the race may end up off the turf. Clay and I are going to discuss whether or not we run in that case this evening. He has had one dirt attempt and lost by over 20 lengths so I think it will be doubtful, but I’ll post as soon as we decide so you can keep track.
Unfortunately, given that it is Mystic Lake Derby weekend, there are a LOT of groups coming to the Park this weekend and we can’t have our traditional section in Silks. But Group 3 (Group 3: Nierman – Zibley) will hit the paddock and, hopefully, the rest of you hit the winners’ circle!
Assuming the race stays on the turf, here is a look at the field:
1 Sound Effect (Diodoro/Franco) – Been running effectively at higher levels, drops a notch into this one from the same race CITRON comes out of. He finished 5th, us 4th.
2 Gentle As A Breeze (Berndt/Hernandez) – Another out of the last. Finished 7th after tiring.
3 Peace Offering (Biehler/Velazquez) – Winner in a conditioned $20,000 two back, stepped up into allowance company in his last and had a rougher time of it.
4 Born Force (Donlin/Richard) – Bit of a rough trip last out going a mile 3/8. Been trying to win at this level here since the claim to no avail.
5 Ragged Edge (Rhone/Carreno) – Minnesotan is yet another dropping in from CITRON’s last race as well. He closed nicely but still finished a length behind the KID.
6 Another Gear (Biehler/Goncalves) – Climbing high for this one, last two were at $5,000 and $7500 respectively. Moves up to $10,000 with a gaggle of $16,000 horses dropping in. Tough spot.
7 Limeshare (Riggs/Nolan) – Cutting back from a mile and 3/8 where he finished 2nd before being dropped after a DQ.
8 CITRON KID (BRINSON/BUTLER)
9 Pastero (Holder/P. Canchari) – Couldn’t come close at $7500 and now stepping up to a tougher than advertised $10,000.
10 Corporate Chapel (Bolinger/Sanchez) – Old warrior shifting barns and making first start for Bolinger. Improved dropping into $7500 company and now moves back to $10,000.
11 Costaud (Keen/Mello) – Cleared non-winner of 3 condition last out at $12,500. Speedster draws the outside and should provide most of the pace.
12 Runaway Cal (Rengstorf/Stevens) – Welcome back Scotty Stevens aboard this 6-year old gelding. Has had 3 shots at $7500 and hasn’t been able to get there.
The thought that we could sneak down to $10,000 claiming and catch a lighter field was shattered when the entries were drawn. The field is tougher than it looks and drawing post position 8 out of the chute could be trouble.
However, Gentle As A Breeze and Peace Offering on the inside should hopefully clear a path down to the main track and allow Dean to drop our boy behind them and sit 3rd or 4th heading past the stands for the first time. If we can save some ground and stay close, it looks like there is going to be quiet the cavalry charge to the finish that we can hopefully lead home, but it’s going to be tough and the pace is going to have to be weak enough to make sure we have enough gas but still enough to tire out the one or two that figure to be ahead of us early.
Heather and I will not be able to make it as we had made other plans for this evening early in the meet but Jeff will be there – and you can be assured that we will be watching!