Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trip Notes 4/18/17

We’ll take a look at three trips from races run at three different tracks this week. Be sure to keep an eye on these horses going forward!
Keeneland Race 5: #6 FACTORY OF FAITH
FACTORY OF FAITH suffered from a combination of early misfortune and an overzealous ride by Shaun Bridgmohan in one of the first races of the week at Keeneland.
FACTORY OF FAITH was flat-footed coming out of the gate and immediately spotted the leaders a length. She would stay in the two-path through the first turn and most of the backstretch before an eager Bridgmohan decided to take the three-path into the far turn. FACTORY OF FAITH, now under vigorous hand-urging, advanced though the field but was forced five-wide from midway on the turn to the top of the stretch.
FACTORY OF FAITH made the lead turning for home and would hold the advantage until she capitulated with a 1/16th to go, ultimately settling for fourth beaten three parts of a length.
In Bridgmohan’s defense, the race was fairly paceless and he remembered that there was a short stretch run. No matter how much blame you assign to the rider, you should definitely look out for FACTORY OF FAITH the next time she runs.
Aqueduct Race 8: #5 SPLASHY RISE
SPLASHY RISE loped along early just off the rail under Rajiv Maragh behind solid early fractions. Clearly last entering the stretch, Maragh decided to steer around the field, going about eight paths off the rail.
SPLASHY RISE appeared to be going nowhere in the early part of the stretch run but kicked it into high gear with about a furlong remaining. She finished up very well, rallying into third beaten just over two lengths.
This was an encouraging debut run for SPLASHY RISE, and I would not be surprised to see her graduate next time out, especially if she gets some more ground to work with.
Laurel Race 10: #3 WITH PLEASURE
It was a forgettable getaway race for Jevian Toledo and WITH PLEASURE, who had a very difficult journey in her second career start.
WITH PLEASURE had little trouble from the gate to the early part of the backstretch, racing primarily in the two-path. As the field headed down the back of the course, WITH PLEASURE began to get shuffled back between horses. After getting relegated to last nearing the far turn, Toledo angled WITH PLEASURE out to the four-path to commence a bid. Quickly passing foes while three-to-four wide, WITH PLEASURE hooked up with #1 PORT SALERNO, and that’s when the real trouble began.
PORT SALERNO leaned on WITH PLEASURE slightly turning for home, forcing the latter into the five-path. As the pair attempted to split #7 HEAD FOR THE SHORE and #9 SILVER SILVERS, PORT SALERNO was able to get to the gap first while WITH PLEASURE got sealed off. Racing extremely wide with about a 1/16th to go, WITH PLEASURE drifted in late before reporting home fourth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. With a smoother trip, WITH PLEASURE could be dangerous in her next try.
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