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Friday, November 19, 2010


In the Discovery Handicap at the Big A, Not Abroad (4-1) ships in from the mid-Atlantic region to make his first start in New York. This three-year old son of Not For Love has just one win in ten starts this year, and not a layoff line to be seen since he started his busy campaign in May. He's none the worse for wear though, and in fact comes off a career high (and best last-out in the race) Beyer while finishing a length behind Win Willy in an overnight stakes (worth a mere $131,000) at Delaware.

Now, I understand this is a race restricted to three-year olds, but if it wasn't, Win Willy could seriously be 2-5 in this field. Whatsmore, after putting away the pacesetter, Not Abroad gamely held off the Toddster-trained Alma d'Oro, who could very well be the favorite here himself, before succumbing to the winner. Not positive that this is his best distance. But I think he has a distinct class edge which would make him very good value at his morning line odds.

Teaks North (7-2) switched back to dirt and took the Big Brown at Monmouth in his last. Bullet half mile four days before this mimics winning workout pattern before last. Dominant Jeannes (8-1) impressed in his first try against winners and tries two turns.

Pleasantly Perfect is the sire of the last horse mentioned, and he'll be one of the studs that Zenyatta will be able to check out at Lanes End....though, with his fee reduced to $7500 for 2011, he's not likely to get a piece of the action. Who, if any of the stallions based there, will be the one that Zenyatta will be singing this about?


Figless said...

Agree not Not Abroad's best distance, lost ground in all three 9f starts, was 22-1 in last and looks like he sat a perfect trip, which indeed he might work out today since there should be plenty of pace, but I dislike the jockey so still going to leave off the ticket and focus on two that I believe will love the 9f and be flying down the center of the track late.

Teaks North is 4 for 4 going two turns when not blinkered and not facing Grade One company, expect to see him blowing by them in the final yards.

Lone entrant that concerns me is Al Muhtasib who seems to be slowly figuring out the game, his runner up finish two back(7 lengths back to show horse) from PP 10 at MTH vs. Monsignor is good enough, but he was not as impressive winning his last at 2-5 so using more underneath.

Will use Stormys Majesty underneath, might work out a nice stalking rail trip under Prado.

Good luck.

El Angelo said...

For a restricted race at Aqueduct in November, the Discovery has produced some pretty decent winners of late, including Evening Attire, Left Bank, During, Magna Graduate and Haynesfield.