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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Tiago Time

- Giacomo's baby brother Tiago got the eventual nod in an incredible race at Santa Anita. Reader 30for60 tipped us off on rider Gerry Olguin, who he knew from Woodbine. He says that the jock can "get them home," and he did on Spanky Come Home despite blowing the turn, and bearing out even further in the stretch. It was the former incident which led to his disqualification, as he took Tiago with him. Trevor Denman thought they were both "eliminated,", but they ended up running 1-2, placed 2-1.

Tiago (Pleasant Tap) was quite wide on both turns even without being carried out. Time Squared, a son of Fusaichi Pegasus out of an AP Indy three-quarter sister to Stephen Got Even, finished third at 1-2.

Another sibling of a Derby winner didn't fare quite as well earlier in the card. Speedy Jones (Orientate) is neither as speedy nor Smarty as his more famous brother. After running 10th at 31-1 in his debut, he went off at 75-1 and finished over 25 lengths behind in the third.

Boboman made those who backed him at 6-5 feel like boboheads when he checked in dead last in the Grade 2 San Marcos at a mile and a quarter. It was apparent when I saw Garrett Gomez working hard on the turn that the five-year old son of Kingmambog was going nowhere, The effort was so surprisingly poor that let's add that we hope he's OK. Winner One Off, a seven year old gelding by the British stud Barathea, seems like a bargain at 11-1 with the convenient benefit of knowing the result.

An up and down day for the Pletcher barn at Gulfstream on Sunday. Here's another prohibitive favorite going down to defeat: Luvyasomuch, making her first start since last April, and returning for a 30K tag after running second against maiden specials, was sent off at 2-5! There's gotta be better ways to invest your money than that! She opened up a couple of lengths, but was worn down by the persistent You Know It's True, first time to the post at 35-1 for trainer Giuseppe Iadisernia.

The sixth was a maiden special with a host of first timers, but Pletcher's Extra Classy, by the good first-time sire Allan's Prospect, was the only one which get bet, getting hammered to 6-5, and winning by five. She was three wide on the turn while confidently handled by Velazquez, seemed to have a little trouble changing leads, but once she did, she sprinted away. She didn't come home too fast - it was a 26 second final quarter - but she won with authority and certainly showed promise.

In the ninth and feature on the stakes-less Sunday, the barn's Two Names was bet to 3-2, cutting back from a mile and a sixteenth to five furlongs. Runway Cat was 8-1 morning line making her first start since May, and first ever on the grass for Barclay Tagg. Bet down to 4-1, she broke in front and never looked back. Turf layoff horses (180 days +) are a good category for Tagg; he's now 6 for fifteen over the last two years with these.