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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Notes - Oct 31

- 4th place for Just Zip It on Thursday, the first time she's been out of the money, in her 11th career start. Other than the fact that she had, as noted in the race chart, a wide journey, no excuse I can see other than she ran into some quick fillies. Ididntmeantoo and Loving Vindication sprinted away from the field in a quick final quarter of 23 2/5, and Just Zip It just could not keep up. She earned $2,350 for the effort. Great finish with Ididntmeantoo getting the bob. Now two for two for Dutrow since switching to his barn, thie is a three-year old daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus out of Bella Chiarra, a stakes winning Phone Trick mare who's a half to the grassy stakes winner David Copperfield.

[UPDATE: Here's the post-race report we got from Steve Zorn:

Bill Turner thought that Just Zip It may not have loved the track today, or that she may have been hampered more than some of the other fillies by the new rule against toe grabs on the front shoes; that rule just went into effect, and Just Zip It is a filly who does a lot with her front end, so other horses may not have been affected as much.]
At the Meadowlands, King Mobay dropped back to last down the backstretch, but rallied up the rail for a non-threatening second, five lengths behind winning At the Disco, the longest shot in the field. King Mobay was moving up from 20 to 32K. Nice thing about this horse is that he runs well on grass and dirt, fast and sloppy. So, after drawing the seven post in a race originally scheduled for the grass with 12 entries, he ended up breaking from the two hole when the field scratched down to six, and picked up a check for $8,200, bringing his earnings to nearly $30,000 since we claimed him at Saratoga three races back.

Not bad, but trainer Bruce Brown's best claim by far has to be Flibberjibit (for different owners). This four-year old daughter of Arch, winner of Thursday's 7th, has now won five in a row while steadily climbing in class after being claimed from Kenneth Ramsey by Brown for $20K.

- Two days at the Big A, two winners each for trainers Dale Romans, Greg DiPrima, and Jimmy Jerkens.


El Angelo said...

One of Jerkens' winners was Storm Play, who may be a fun horse to watch in the handicap division next year.

Anonymous said...

I've watched a lot of Just Zip It's races and my amateur opinion is that she is hard-pressed to go six furlongs against any decent competition.
She really seems to run out of gas pretty quickly.
Can't they put a little more stamina work into her conditioning regimenn?

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't there been more talk about the banning of front toe grabs and mud caulks? Zito, Jerkens, Levine, Hushion, Contessa, & Mclaughlin all use them and all have said they never saw them cause harm to the horses.
Even Asmussen used them on CURLIN in the Gold Cup. If there was any risk of harm being done to the horse why would they ever put them on Curlin??? It's just another angle I used as a gambler on those "off" track days and I have not read or seen the study done that made all these tracks outlaw them.

Anonymous said...

Baning toe grabs had a lot to do with the analysis of the Eight Belles breakdown. The concussion injuries as a result of the hoof not sliding a bit on impact with the racing surface can be devastating.

Nick said...

Even before Eight Belles, there has has been quite a bit of research to the effect that toe grabs cause a good deal of unnatural (read: dangerous) stress in the foot and lower joints. Eight Belles does seem to have sped up the process of getting them banned however.