Dos Cuernos makes his hometown debut tomorrow (Saturday) in the 6th race. The $4000 claiming race for horses that have not won two races since November 18, 2018 will be run at 6.5 furlongs over the main track. Eddie Martin Jr. will get the ride.
The Club will have a spot in Silks if you want to take advantage of the set-aside seating.
Paddock Group 1 will meet us at the paddock gate after the replays of the Lady Slipper Stakes (Race 5)
Here is the field:
American League (Fields/Lindsay) – Claimed for $3000 in victory at Turf Paradise two back in a mile and had some issues cutting back to a sprint next out. Has shown some early quickness in the past.
Let’s Tango (Riecken/Goodwin) – Up from Fonner Park where he was unable to win at $2500, though did notch a second three back over a muddy track. Has won at Canterbury in the past but only ran here twice last season and wasn’t competitive.
Madelyn’s Wild Max (Broberg/Eikleberry) – Oft claimed as of late, Karl Broberg thought enough of the gelding to claim him back for $5000 after losing him for $4000 the start before in Louisiana. Didn’t fare well in his last start at Evangeline in the slop but also was hiked up in class into an optional claimer. Back in with $4000 claimers, he should be close throughout and the one to beat.
Justcallme Charlie (Rengorf/Goncalves) – Minnesotan dropping in off of a pair of lackluster allowance efforts. Interestingly, this gelding did better last year in open company at this level than he did against state bred company, winning at this level twice here in 2018 – once over a sloppy track. He’ll want to come off the pace.
Major League (Backhaus/Butler) – Had a nice run at Fonner after being claimed for $2500 on Washington’s birthday pushing up to $5000 and finishing 2nd, 3rd and winning in his subsequent starts. Pushed up to $7500 for his last Nebraska start proved to be too much, however.
Colonial Power (Diodoro/Arrieta) – Should be one that wants the lead early, this is another that toiled in Louisiana before coming north. Arrieta is off to a hot start and front runners in sprints are doing particularly well here so far.
With rain in the forecast we can take a look and see how everyone has done in the rain and every horse in the race but American League has a win over an off track. The only reason American League doesn’t have one? He hasn’t run in one! So that neither helps us nor hurts us.
In Does Cuernos’ most successful races he has come from a bit off the pace. Taking a look at the field, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of flat out speed. American League has some speed as does Colonial Power but it will have to be seen if they can wear each other out up front enough to pave the way for one of the off the pace types to take the race. Madelyn’s Wild Max has been able to stay close and just missed at 7 furlongs in January which most likely makes him to get first run on the leaders.
It’s going to be interesting to see what the rain has done (and will do) to the way the racetrack has been playing the last couple of weeks. We knew fully well that the $12,500 claimer at Oaklawn was going to be too tough for the guy, but he was very competitive in the $6250 race we claimed him out of (in the slop) and that compares him, class wise, very favorably to everyone in here. We’re in with a shot – which is all you can ask for.
Good luck everyone and see you at the track!