We go in the 5th tomorrow. It’s a straight $7500 claimer going 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf. She’ll break from post 5 with Denny Velazquez on board. The weather looks to be perfect so I think we should have no problems staying on the turf.
Here is a look at the 7 horse field.
Enlightened (Bethke/Nolan) – Claimed out of the same race we claimed Miz Owell. She came right back at the same level and got a good trip but there was nothing in the tank.
Make Money Honey (Diodoro/Ramgeet) – Very solid and very consistent runner. After being washed off twice she’ll finally get a try over the Canterbury turf – though she had a win and a second in those off the turf trips. The Canterbury turf is much different than Turf Paradise so her form may not necessarily translate but she’s going to be dangerous regardless.
Sweet Tango (Bethke/Bethke) – Another Troy Bethke trainee, this Minnesotan just missed last out a level up. Though she was routed at this level two back her other turf efforts have been solid and a repeat of her last could win this one.
Emma Lea’s Song (Silva/Franco) – First off the claim for Silva (0 for 6 first off the claim this year) out of a solid 2nd place performance at this level.
MIZ OWELL (BRINSON/VELAZQUEZ)
Hugsforhennyhall (Oliver/Hernandez) – The speed in the race. Hasn’t been able to hang on since February and the turf is not her favorite surface.
Aaron’s Belt (Weir/Mojica) – Having a very tough meet so far this year but getting her last was her best so far. Drops down now to her lowest level. If she really is improving, the collision of improvement and drop in class could be tough.
I would really like it if we had a little more pace in the race. Having a lone speedster is never good, especially with a short field and having a horse that is an off the pace type. There is one in here, Sweet Tango, who may be able to give Hugsforhennyhall a run for her money early, but she’s prefer to stalk. If she does stalk, she’ll get first run at the leader. The rest of us will be coming late and it will come down to position and a clean trip if one of us is to win.
Denny did a nice job last tie having her in a good position all the way around, but she just didn’t have anything left in the tank. Now she’s 3 more weeks removed from her colicky episode and she’s been doing really well with that. She hasn’t missed a day at the track and, if we have her in position again, she should have more for us down the lane.
Paddock group 3 (Sande – Severson with Anderson – Collier) – you are charged with turning the season around and delivering us a win!
Good luck all!