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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Belmont Sunday

In the 9th, the Nany, Catch a Thief (3-1) returns to the track, and distance, where she ran her career high Beyer; a second-level allowance in which she prevailed after a lengthy duel with Five Grand Girl, who since then is a neck away from being five-for-five, including two stakes over the inner track this past winter. Four-year daughter of Flatter was stretched out to a mile for her last three, and with great success the first two times. Last out however, in the G3 Sabin at Gulfstream, she faded after finding herself head and head down the backstretch with eventual winner Awesome Maria, who subsequently won the G3 Rampart by eight lengths. Consistent and versatile filly (8 of 9 in the money) returns after a freshening, has won off similar layoffs before, and has shown the ability to run well from off the pace in sprints. Ravi Maragh, who was in the saddle for the abovementioned Belmont win last fall, returns today for trainer Timothy Hills. Tar Heel Mom (8-5), twice a graded stakes winner, is strictly the one to beat; no real knocks here other than the fact that her best races have come on surfaces other than this, over which she's 0-for-3 after graduating over it nearly three years ago. Worstcasescenario (5-1) made her four-year old debut a rousing success with a career high Beyer after a disappointing three-year old season; eligible to improve. Best of luck and have a great Mother's Day!

1 Comment:

Figless said...

Just watched the Churchill feed and thought the track announcer did a fabulous job, why do the networks feel the need to import their own announcer?

Versus coverage of he undercard was outstanding.

NBC not so much, they essentially ignored the Woodford Reserve managing to fit the race in between about 40 minutes of commercials. Guess we should be happy they showed it at all after last year.

Congrats to local trainer Tom Bush on his second consecutive G1 victory with Get Stormy. Well deserved, good things come to those that wait, always good to see a hard knocking local trainer get a big horse.