Another tough loss for trainer Tom Bush in the 2nd on Thursday, with Summer Share, who looked well on his way to victory after making a three wide move turning for home. I know I would not have liked my chances if I had Most Happy Fella ($7.40) at that point, as he looked like he was getting gobbled up as Summer Share and favored Cinder Cone ranged up alongside. But he somehow managed to fight back and hang on by a long nose, giving William Badgett his first training winner of the meet. I dunno, maybe there was still a speed bias, or an inside bias; hard to say considering there were only three dirt races on the day.
Already discussed Indian Tale ($7.20); and while I feel a little silly that she won, probably not as much so as her prior connections for letting her go for 35K on Sunday. We'll see if Dutrow enters her next in the Alabama.
Crazy stretch run in the 4th (and another excellent call by Durkin). Stormin Bud ($10.60) held on to win in a melee as wild as last night's Republican presidential debate. But the runner-up was the subject of what might be the most epic chart call of all time.
LAW ENFORCEMENT was unhurried in the early going while racing along the outside, ducked over to the rail after another had vacated the premises in the vicinity of the three-eighths pole, was given some rein and accelerated past many of those who had chosen a wider route into the stretch to reach contention, altered course outward just past the three-sixteenths pole, but had no sooner done so when her newly chosen path got shut down by the drifting embattled pair just up ahead, saw a more promising route along the rail and altered course a second tine to avail of the opportunity, wrested away from the lead as the front runners brushed and continued to make their way towards the middle of the strip, attempted to stave off the eventual winner when once more on even terms in deep stretch, got outfinished late and had to settle for the place.Been wondering for over a year now just who this chart-caller guy is, and it turns out to be Henry James.
Two horses claimed for the 50K optional claiming price; Radiohead, last seen running a close 4th in the G3 Jaipur, was taken from IEAH (remember them?) by James Chapman (for himself); Mannington by Rudy Rodriguez.