The CITRON KID makes his debut for the Club this evening and we’ll take a look at the field.
I did want to touch base on the Winners’ Circle, should we be fortunate enough to reach there again. Club members and immediate family are welcome, it’s part of the experience! However in the last photo (which I am trying to no avail so far to put up as our header) there are quite a few folks that I know are not Clubbers (or family) or are former Clubbers that have chosen not to participate this year that were in the photo. If you are amongst this group, please do not ruin the experience for the people that have decided to participate this year. When we are lucky enough to win, the WC is a VERY crowded and potentially dangerous place to be. I do not want to have to limit access for actual members because the photo is being crashed by folks that are not.
Heather and I will stand in front of the horse (if anyone is going to get trampled it may as well be us and not you!) and everyone needs to be to our right, away from where the horse stands (marked by horseshoe prints on the ground). This is to make sure that everyone is out of the way of the animal. Safety is of utmost importance and while I know we all want to be visible, I want us all to be safe.
On to the race!
1 CITRON KID (BRINSON/BUTLER)
2 Bernie the Jet (Ledgess/Goncalves) – early speedster that just won at $20,000 stepping down to $16,000.
3 Ragged Edge (Rhone/Escobar) – Minnesota bred had some trouble at the higher levels but has certainly not embarrassed himself in open company either. Drops down to try and fit in here. Will be coming off the pace.
4 Sound Effect (Diodoro/Vegara) – Beat both Dr Action and Tens Wild last time out. Should be fresh and has a nice come from off the pace style which should suit this race nicely.
5 Affirmed Cure (Peters/Eikleberry) – Another Minnesotan that hasn’t been able to break through yet.
6 Wildcat Moon (Lavanway/Becerra) – Won the 2 furling Dash in a Flash on extreme day but needs to run in a “real” race today. Should have some speed and won at $10,000 before dudding in an allowance. Next logical step was this level.
7 Gentle As A Breeze (Brendt/Velazquez) – A very sharp claim by Joel Berndt at $7500 has gone on to win at $10,000 and finish 2nd in an optional and, last out, behind Tens. He should be close early as well.
8 Why Frank (Oliver/Richard) – Was able to win at $20,000 sitting off the pace and has a second at that level (and this one) earlier in the meet. Last out he was clearly overmatched but back where he belongs in here.
9 Callinghardten (Chambers/Franco) – Owner of a two race winning streak at $10,000 this spot was the next logical step up. Another who is going to come from off the pace.
I won’t lie to you, this is going to be a tough one to win. CITRON’s running style, early speed, matches several in here that are good, competitive horses at this level. You combine that with the likes of Why Frank and Sound Effect that have won at this level or higher recently by coming off the pace and Dean has his work cut out for him.
Clay’s barn has been red hot lately, even winning the Mantioba Derby at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg on Monday, so that can’t be underestimated. Additionally we have the leading rider again who seems to have a pace clock installed in his head, so that helps tremendously.
I can’t see us getting out to an easy lead and when this horse has tried to stalk he doesn’t seem to be able to get there late, however, if anyone can get the Kid to relax and sit a bit behind the other speedsters, it would be Dean Butler.
It’s a full field and a difficult race but those are always the most fun to win – it means you’ve really earned one!
Best of luck everyone. We should have a spot in Silks and we will see you tonight!