High Spirit – Race #9 on Thursday

As originally posted yesterday, High Spirit was entered for Thursday in a $3,500 Non-Winners of two races in the year claiming race going one mile and seventy yards on the main track. Approximate post time is scheduled for 10:49PM, thus you won’t need to worry about hustling out to the track in time to make the opening race…

This race’s paddock group will be those with last names starting with A – L. If you plan to join us in the paddock, please be sure to report to the paddock enclosure shortly after the conclusion of Race 8.

High Spirit drew post #10 was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite and will be ridden this time around by Adolfo Morales. He and Clay have done quite well together as of late having won 6 of 8 races together during this meet.

Here’s a look at the full field:

#1 Stitchntwine (12-1)

This eight-year-old can jump up and run big once and awhile but he’s not at his best at this distance. He’ll likely sit mid pack and isn’t likely to be a huge factor.

#2 Ballet Way (15-1)

Soundly defeated in his last five races, this guy has done his better running on the turf. Another that seems unlikely to be making much noise down the stretch.

#3 Big City Bernie (5-1)

Tanner Riggs lands here and this one should play a factor in the outcome. He has enough speed to stay close and has speed figures to prove that he can get the job done. Certainly a contender.

#4 Bean (12-1)

Bean has some early speed and that is good as High Spirit is going to again need a pace setup to get the job done. Outside candidate for the win, but fast enough to set up the race for a closer.

#5 Cachemassa Creek (4-1)

Seven wins in 20 starts over the Canterbury main track and a narrow lost against this competition last time out. Another with speed and we’ll hope he hooks up with Bean and others to set it up for High Spirit.

#6 Vini Vidi Vinci (6-1)

Another that comes flying from the back of the pack, we beat him relatively easily last time when he never really got rolling. With any luck we should be able to do the same on Thursday.

#7 Tsar Tops Dancer (9/2)

The 2010 Minnesota Derby winner has only visited the winner’s circle once since that race and that was in his last start. Moves up the class ladder today to the most logical level and figures to be the biggest danger. Should attend the pace and have opportunity for first run.

#8 Express Air (12-1)

Two average efforts sprinting after a sojourn to Faro to run at North Dakota Horse Park. Would certainly be a surprise against these.

#9 I’m the Gold (30-1)

Has been toiling against N3L for a long time and now moves up to face N2Y. Would be a huge surprise.

#10 High Spirit (3-1)

If he runs back to his last two, he should win this one. Post shouldn’t be much of an issue as he typically takes back off the pace anyway. Look for Morales to try to secure the same type of spot High Spirit had last time and then try to run them all down in the stretch. Let’s hope we can get this guy to the winner’s circle on Thursday!

Great Bam Puts in Another Work

Great Bam worked again this morning covering four furlongs in 50.80 seconds under jockey Adolfo Morales. The work ranked 15 of 21 at the distance.

The hoof is slowly improving and he’s regaining his fitness level. Clay has moved him toward the back of the barn due to the fact that he has been getting too worked up with the action going on in the stall he was in previously close to Clay’s office.

That’s likely a sign that he is feeling good. Exercise riders and jockeys have also reported that he’s been pretty full of himself as of late. If the hoof continues to heal and he can continue to go to the track, we hope he will have a race before the end of the meet.