Tomorrow afternoon TENS WILD heads to the post in the 3rd race at Hawthorne Race Course. The race is a $12,500 claiming race going a mile and a sixteenth over the main track. Jockey Denny Velazquez, who guided TENS to his last victory, has already left Chicago to set up shop in Louisiana for the Fair Grounds meet so Julio Franco takes the reins. We drew post position 6 in the six horse field and have been crowned the 2-1 morning line favorite.
MARTY WHO (M Perez/E Perez) – He was a good second to TENS in their last race. He kept trying to come at him but TENS would not let him by and eventually drew off a bit.
DANDYMAN (Manly/Mello) – This is not the same horse that rang up four wins and $53,000 in earnings in 2014. He’s starting to drop through the ranks and this may not be his last stop down the ladder.
PART’N PARCEL (Dorris/Bielby) – This fella was sharp coming back north to Hawthorne, scoring by a nose in an $8000 claimer last out.
BALLYJAMESDUFF (Haran/Hennesy) – He had some trouble last out but TENS still beat him by 4 1/4. He’ll probably need a blistering pace up front to get there and I’m not sure that it’s here.
MY PAL PAUL (Lynn/Roman) – It’s hard to argue with the trip he got last time out under Sanchez but switches down to a jock having a tough meet. Hard to see him stepping up here.
TENS WILD (BRINSON/FRANCO)
Any speed in here looks to be on the inside. As we know, TENS tends to break well and I can see us settling in third or fourth behind the front runners early. In fact, I’d be looking for a carbon copy of his last race while perhaps being a little further back early. There are never any guarantees and on any given day…but I like us in here.
While I don’t think it is a certainty that we’ll get claimed, I think the odds are better than 50/50 in here so prepare yourself that this may just be our last race of the season.