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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sorry Michael

- Ever since I wrote that Michael Matz seemed poised to break out at Gulfstream, he's lost his last 13 in a row. That includes Round Pond at 2-5, and his last three runners at 7-2, 4-1, and 5-1. Since we all like Matz, I think I should stop writing about him. But I'll give it one more shot, because he has a nice looking grass horse in Inavision running in Gulfstream's third on Wednesday. She missed by a neck in his grass debut last month, and the comment of inside bid, edged, doesn't quite tell the whole story. She got in a tight spot turning for home and had to wait for room. Once he did, she exploded through the opening, but was held off by a tough Gone Overboard. The latter subsequently ran quite credibly in allowance company, challenging for the lead, but tiring to 6th, just 2 3/4 off the winner.

This filly is owned and bred by Roy and Gretchen Jackson, and like Barbaro, he's by Dynaformer. The Jacksons also owned Inavision's dam Storm Dream, who won the G3 Boiling Springs on the turf. She's by the two-time English champion Catrail, a son of Storm Cat. The Pedigree Query site says that he was retired due to infertility; but I found this stallion page here that has him standing for a private fee (pdf) in British Columbia.

So, I feel bad for Matz, but I have to say that I like Inavision. One more that should be mentioned is Roshani. Formerly trained by Dutrow, she raced last on June 11, and reappears for Pletcher. That race last summer was a field of six, and all of the other five runners won their subsequent race; three against maiden specials, and two dropping for a tag. Roshani could complete the ultimate key race.

- Jamie Sanders now says that, addition to the Lexington, Teuflesberg is a possibility for the Arkansas Derby, Wood, or Blue Grass.


Stalusk said...

Catrail shuttled to a major stud in Australia for several seasons. He would only be considered moderately successful in this region, a few nice horses but no stars.

Valerie said...

You cursed Matz AGAIN! LOL! Inavision finished sixth :(

Jim L said...

Front bandages were on Matz's horse. Prado rode the horse as if it were a public workout. It looked like he didn't even bother as they reached the top of the stretch.

Johnny Velazquez rode one heckuva race aboard Hostess. He saved ground throughout, angled out and around a weakening leader inside the eighth pole and she then launched her full rally. It was a beautiful ride!

H. James Bond picked up the win as the trainer of Hostess over Isabel Away who used to be in his barn. Bond's father died in the past week.