Mr. Ark was very keen to go early – a bit too keen – and wouldn’t settle down Dean Butler until the far turn at which point his race was gone and the tank was empty.
No real excuses. The race came up as tough as a $5000 claimer for non-winners of two for the year possibly can as evidenced by three horses getting claimed out of the seven horse field.
No real excuses here. He was rank early and couldn’t get settled. He ran like he was super fresh so we end up in an odd spot: two weeks is too close for him but 3 1/2 is too much. We’ll get him back to the barn, give him the once over to make sure that all is well and then point him to his next race.
I Never Give Up will get a little extra time after racing three times in six weeks. Then we’ll bring her back with possibly some class relief and try to get on a little roll her in the middle of the meet.