In a bit of nearly magical news, the Club WILL have a spot in Silks on Saturday evening. It’s going to be a huge night of racing with 5 stakes and the Jockeys and Jeans fundraising event. And WE get to kick it off!!
Remember – post time is 6 PM Saturday
In the earliest cycling of paddock groups in Club history, we have Group 1 back in the Paddock for the race. Since this is the first race of the night, we will gather in the paddock about the 20 minute to post mark to see her off.
Here is the field:
Looking Good Carol (IRE) (Padilla/Sanchez: She seems to be heading in the wrong direction. She was prominent early in her last but had a hard time keeping up.
Wicked Connection (Biehler/Arrieta) – First timer has worked steady for the debut and even fired a bullet in her last work (5F in 59.3 from the gate).
Ready for War (Tracy/Butler) – Nevvy was 2 1/4 clear of her last out but she was prominent early and the cutback in distance should help. Retains Butler and there is not other prominent speed.
Black Cape (Tracy/Hamilton) – A second entry for trainer Ray Tracy that he sends up I-35 for a go over the turf. This angle has been a pretty good one over the years.
Derby Dance (Rengstorf/Mojica) – Started 2018 like she finished 2018 – finishing 2nd as the favorite. That said, she is going to remain dangerous and most likely the one to beat again.
I NEVER GIVE UP (LITFIN/STEVENS)
Kalliste Rose (Lund/Goncalves) – First off the layoff was not a bad effort and she can be expected to improve off of that.
Astral Favor (Merrick/Gonzales) – Ran her best race in her 3YO debut going 5F last out. Stretches out to 7.5 which can be tricky. Stays close to the pace and coming off the sprint she may be keen to go early.
Emilys Keeper (Bravo/Eikleberry) – Only her 3rd career start and will be her first start over the turf. Going to go a bit further than last but not much more than her debut.
Accapella Bella (Bravo/Velazquez) – Another trainer with a pair of entries. She’s a first time starter, bred for the turf and had a strong workout last week in preparation (4F 47.2 from the gate).
Tiz Little Bull (Rengstorf/Loveberry) – Rengstorf’s second entry and an intriguing one. Mare ran a few times in 2015 and then needed just over a year off before coming back to the races. Ran consistently before just missing by a nose in her last start here at Canterbury. Again, though, she needed another year off and now she’s back again. Her last four works have been nicely spaced but it is hard to know what to expect.
Its Noon Somewhere (Anderson/Goodwin) – A solid debut in a 5F sprint over the grass on the 7th. She passed horses nicely, probably learned a little something and has a right to improve off of that effort.
Nevvy’s first attempt of the grass last out was a good one. She started running nicely, picking up horses as she moved through the turn and straightened out for home. There was some traffic inside so she had to move outside and then she failed to switch leads in a timely manner and yet was still closing hard the end.
This race there appears to be very little true early speed with the exception of Ready for War. With an experienced pilot with one of the best clocks in his head at the racetrack in Butler, she has the potential to control the race all the way around.
However there are several sprinters in here that are stretching out for the first time and usually they end up being a little keen to go early which, hopefully for us, will put several on the lead and keep the pace honest.
This is a big field and it is unlikely to come off the turf so it could remain a 12 horse field which can make it problematical for deep closers that need to negotiate a lot of traffic to win.
Fortunately we have Canterbury Hall of Famer Scott Stevens aboard (Ry had a conflict) and no one has been better over the years on the turf course here than Scott. Additionally he is known to handle young, inexperienced horses very well. If we can avoid having to come from 10th and maybe, instead, be able to come from mid-pack with an honest pace up front, I hope we end up leading the cavalry charge at the wire.