Trip Notes 9/19/17
We have a great variety of tracks featured in this week’s trips column, including Belmont, Kentucky Downs, and Woodbine. Be sure to keep an eye out for these horses going forward!
Kentucky Downs Race 6: #7 ROYAL CREED, #9 CHEYTAC
ROYAL CREED was away with the field in his debut but had to steady twice under Julien Leparoux as he attempted to find position between horses in the opening furlong. He spun four-wide turning for home and began to gain on the leaders but hesitated just a bit while racing in tight quarters around the furlong pole. From there ROYAL CREED flattened out just a bit, but he had every right to. This $325k son of Jimmy Creed should have more to offer next time out.
CHEYTAC was sent off at 50-1 but certainly outran his odds under Miguel Mena. CHEYTAC bid his time in third just off the inside behind the dueling leaders. Mena made a curious decision to not hook his mount three-wide into the lane, and he paid for it later as he had to alter course twice down the elongated homestretch. CHEYTAC lugging from fatigue didn’t help the cause either. Look for him to reappear in a shorter turf sprint at Churchill or Keeneland; he’d probably have a good shot in a spot like that.
Belmont Race 9: #2 FIFTY FIVE
FIFTY FIVE was away last in the Sands Point Stakes and was held up by Joe Bravo until midway on the far turn. Bravo attempted to rally into a dawdling pace (25.67, 49.99, 1:13.12) about four-wide but was forced into what looked like the eight-path as #6 UNI and #10 INFLEXIBILITY came off cover for their closing efforts. FIFTY FIVE could not overcome her poor setup and checked in fifth.
FIFTY FIVE received a fairly obvious bad trip (wide rally, slow pace situation), but the accumulation of rough outings she’s had lately might discourage handicappers next time she runs. Don’t be fooled; this horse has talent. Maybe not Grade II talent, but if she’s properly spotted by Chad Brown and gets a little luck for once, she can carve out a nice little niche for herself.
Woodbine Race 1: #4 GIZMO’S DESTINY
GIZMO’S DESTINY got the worst of it in the Woodbine Mile day opener.
She was pressing the pace between rivals most of the way until they hit the top of the stretch. Jockey Sheena Ryan didn’t show much urgency at that point and was pinched out of the lane she occupied between the dueling frontrunners. From there GIZMO’S DESTINY was completely boxed in and Ryan had to ‘eat it’ in the final 1/16th, crossing the wire next-to-last with a fistful of rein.
A jockey upgrade could give GIZMO’S DESTINY a much better chance next time out; Ryan has won with just 4% of her mounts at the meet.