Some thoughts on a few of the races taking place around the country today:
- Races at Gulfstream have been taken "OFF THE TURF" and the main track is listed as "GOOD". (UPDATE: Gulfstream now listing main track as "FAST".)
- At Tampa Bay Downs, the main track is listed as "GOOD" and the turf is "YIELDING". Pay particular attention to the early dirt races to see how the speed is playing on the off track. Races 1 and 9 are the only two route races on the dirt prior to the G3-Sam F. Davis. (UPDATE: Tampa now listing main track as "FAST".)
- No matter how many times I look at the G3-Endeavour Stakes from Tampa (Race 11, 1 1/16 miles, turf), I keep coming back to 5-Krista's Quik Chic, a 20/1 shot on the morning line. Two likely speed horses have scratched out of this race (4-Romacaca and 11-Meadow Saffron) which should ensure a lighter pace on the front end, a pace that I think Krista's Quik Chic can and will be able to stalk all the way around the track. Her finishing kick in her last effort was superb (her first try over the Tampa lawn) and she runs for a trainer that has been placing his horses well.
- The 3rd at Santa Anita, the Baffle Stakes at 6.5 furlongs on the downhill turf, features six of the seven entries that have yet to try this particular race configuration. I always like to see horses that have run and won over the downhill course due to it's uniqueness as compared to any other turf racing in this country. The only horse in this field that meets that criteria is 7-Via Verde (6/1 ML).