Here we go, the ‘life after Canterbury’ portion of the season.
Ender will make it a late night for us tonight as he heads postward in race 8 (approximately 10:23 PM) at Remington Park. The race is a mixed claiming race/starter allowance going 6.5 furlongs over the main track for either a $17,500 tag OR has started in claiming race for less than $12,500 dollars in the past year. He qualifies under the latter and, as such, we are not in for a tag tonight. He breaks from post eight and has the meet’s second leader jock, the very talented David Cabrera, aboard.
From a class standpoint, this is a bit higher than he’s been racing but he’s also been training sharply so we’ll see how things pan out on the racetrack.
Moyahua (Craddock/Sorenson) – the Mexican bred is a late runner that had been off since the end of June before making his last start, a steady 3rd at this distance and level. Trainer is 21% running second off the layoff and will try and sit just off the early pace.
Awesome Emmit (Donlin/Medina) – Our old friend beat us at Canterbury before trying to tackle stakes company over closing weekend. Now he settles back in with his equals and is going to be dangerous – another wanting to sit off an early pace.
Louden’s Grey (loy/De La Cruz) – He was first off the claim last out with a sharp second place finish at Prairie Meadows in a straight $16,000 claimer. Third in the line that will want to sit off a pace.
Gentrified (Broberg/Vazquez) – Had been running against higher in Kentucky and notched a nice win back in the spring at Oaklawn. He seems to do a bit better longer and should today with the class relief.
Texas Long Bow (Whitelaw/Quinonez) – Was a Lone Star stakes winner first off the claim for Michael Whitelaw but faltered late in his Remington debut. Finally a horse that will most likely want to set the pace, not stalk it.
Mahalo John (Prather/Wethey) – This speedster really enjoys running at Louisiana Downs but has had it a little rough elsewhere. Definitely will want to get out quick and appears to be better being in front in longer races where he wouldn’t have to work as hard to keep up. Hard to say if he has the speed to lead these early.
Taruca (Ashford/Birzer) – Winner of three in a row since the claim, Taruca is rightfully the morning line favorite. His last two Beyer Speed Figures have been in the low eighties, won over this surface at this distance and (roughly) class level last out and did it with a modicum of ease. Most definitely will be prominent early.
Lindante (Duhon/Rodriguez) – Winner of 2 of 3 since being claimed, another who likes the front end (and the more of those that want to be there, the better for us). Definitely pushing up a bit in class since that last win at Remington on September 11.
Rise Up (Lozano/Diego) – First time running for Lozano since being claimed out of Karl’s barn. Seems to prefer the lead to win but that will be tough to get from post 10. However I sure hope he tries.
Ender has been training sharply and surely benefitted from the extra time off. There will certainly be ace to run at and, for some of the horses that perhaps prefer a longer race but like the lead (or stalk it) hopefully the quicker pace of a sprint will tired them out before the lane.
If all is well, I would think we’ll be behind considerably early given the speed in here and David will gear up for one long run at them coming out of the turn.. Some scratches would certainly help with potential traffic issues, especially if it’s another one of the closers.
Stalkers have drawn the first three rail spots and that should force the speedsters to work a little harder to get to the front early – the harder everyone else has to work early, the better for Ender.
Once again, we should have an exciting finish.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
I have heard from a few of you that might be making the trek down for the race. Safe travels to you all, enjoy and just remember: we do not have any of the same privileges we have here at home – we’re just like any other visitor to the race track there. #Represent!