Mr. Ark goes postward tonight in race 8, a $4000 claiming race for horses that have not won two races since the first of December or 4 races lifetime. Ry Eikleberry will be in the saddle. Estimated post time is 9:50 PM.
The Club will have a space in Silks tonight so look for the signs. After the 7th race we’ll head over to the paddock with Group 3 (Larson – Rose). Also, keep in mind that when the horses come over from the receiving barn before the race they are brought right past Silks. The groom will have his/her number vest on (5 in this case) and provides a great photo or video opportunity.
This may be a good time to add that, if you don’t already, follow the Canterbury Racing Club on Facebook or @CBY_Racing_Club on Twitter. When we’re unable to get to the internet for a complete post, we’ll throw out information there like that we received room in Silks, or are entered in a race or just had a work.
Here is a breakdown of the race.
The Last Prophet (Berndt/Valazquez) – After ending the Hawthorne season on a high note he had some trouble keeping up in his Canterbury seasonal debut in a starter/optional claimer. The class drop here should be to this closer’s liking.
Tour de Rock (Hornsby/Loveberry) – Winner last out by staying close to the pace and digging in gamely late. Tough 8-year old is the morning line favorite and most likely the one to beat.
Outrun the Posse (Diodoro/Mojica) – 3rd in our last race with an even effort. Should appreciate the extra furlong.
Let Da Cowboy Rock (Donlin/Hernandez) – Another closer who had a tough time getting rolling last race. It probably did him some good to shake the rust off last out and returns to a distance which he last won.
MR. ARK (LITFIN/EIKLEBERRY)
Mashuk (Foley/Gonzales) – Had a really rough go down in Florida. The big drop in class puts the 8-year old right where he was winning in West Virginia. The cut back in distance and class relief should be a big help.
Red and Black Attack (Goodsell/Swiontek) – Finished behind Arky last out and has not shown any of the speed yet that he flashed in 2017.
Arky likes to be close to the pace but the pace at 6 furlongs last out was a little too toasty for him to be effective late. The additional 1/2 furlong is certainly going to help, though possibly going a mile may have been better – but we can only run in the races that are written so we’ll go here and hope that tracking off a less brisk pace will be more to his liking. It could help that there is no real speedster in the field, though if he breaks alertly, Ry could find himself on the lead and he’ll have to improvise from there.
It certainly should be interesting and, if nothing else, Arky is an honest horse and will give us a solid effort.