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Saturday, October 06, 2007

NoMile for Nobiz

- Two winners at Belmont on Saturday for Barclay Tagg; now hitting an even .300 at ten for thirty at this meeting, nice. Moral Compass, a two-year old son of Grand Slam, was striding out nicely while widening his lead in the stretch of the 6th, graduating in his second turf try.

And then Nobiz Like Shobiz put on a show in the Jamaica Handicap. A bit further back than usual under Javier Castellano, the son of Albert the Great crept up around the turn, and found himself in behind horses. But once he shifted out for room, man, this colt came flying home in a final eighth of 11.68.

He's unbeaten on the grass, and would seem to make an interesting candidate for the Mile. But Tagg will point him instead to the Hollywood Derby, as he did after Showing Up won the Jamaica last year. The Form reported last month that Showing Up has recovered from his suspensory injury, and will be pointed to a Gulfstream campaign next year.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Let's hope Showing Up comes back and shows some of the old magic. His presence has been sorely missed in what has been a lackluster year for the older turf males.
Another horse to keep an eye on at Gulfstream may be Allen Jerkens' three year-old gelding Merchant Marine. This horse has looked extremely professional winning his first two races and his pedigree suggests that he may relish a little added distance.