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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Off the Record

Got an email from NYRA about the two track records that were tied or broken on Wednesday, and I don't know if that's something they really want to publicize considering the ordinary animals who are now written into the record books. Seems a little silly, really, and nothing more than evidence of a superfast track. Super Shape ($16.40), who tied the record for 6 1/2 furlongs of 1:14.46 set by Bear Fan in 2004, is a 35K claimer who was winning his second race, sandwiched around two awful efforts, since being claimed for owner Mike Repole for the same price in May. This was his first race for trainer Bruce Levine, who has bounced back strongly from a poor Saratoga meet with nine winners from 34 starters (26%). Super Shape earned a Beyer of 97.

In the 4th, Birdrun ($6.20) ran a mile and a sixteenth in a record 1:39.38. This horse graduated in a romp for a 35K tag for Mott in the spring, and maybe it gave the son of Birdstone some confidence, if you believe in that sort of thing. He since ran two good seconds in allowance and starters allowance company before this effort, in which he earned a career best Beyer of 99. (There were only two other dirt races on the card, both cheap state-bred maiden claiming sprints.)

Tom Bush won the 5th with Boxitup ($13.20), and this barn is just blazing hot right now....eight winners from his last 12 starters! (Burnished Copper was 3rd at 12-1 in the 7th.) And that includes Get Stormy, who won the G3 Bryan Station at Keeneland on Sunday, the barn's first graded winner since Rahy's Appeal in 2006.


DiscreetPicks said...

Keeneland - Race 7

#8 My Jen (4/1 ml)

Maiden winner from Turfway Park was electrifying in her debut, not exactly what i expected to see when i checked out the replay (highly recommended viewing, go to Cal Racing and type her name into the "Horse" search feature on the replay page). Showed good speed to pop the gate and take the early lead, but was under a nice hold and being asked for little or no run, even briefly conceding the lead to a horse that came through on her inside. Based on that portion of the race, it appears that she'll have no trouble rating today, and that figures to be very important here as there's a ton of early speed lined up with Encore Saritta and Lela. What really floored me about the replay though was the exceptional turn-of-foot this filly showed once turning into the straightaway and being given the signal by the rider. Just exploded away from the pack in the blink of an eye. If she avoid an early speed duel here, i really think she can bust this race open once they turn into the stretch. Good filly here.

DiscreetPicks said...

My Jen wins @ $9.20