Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Trip Notes 12/5/17

We have a trio of trips to go over from this past weekend, including one from the Cigar Mile day undercard at Aqueduct. Horses from Gulfstream and the Fair Grounds will also be discussed. 
 
Saturday
Aqueduct Race 4: #1 IRIDESCENT MORN
IRIDESCENT MORN had a very poor beginning in her debut heat, leaping up at the start before being bumped toward the rail by #2 CARD DOLL.
Fortunately for IRIDESCENT MORN and Irad Ortiz Jr, they were able to race along the rail for most of the far turn. Ortiz tipped out toward the three-path just before the top of the stretch and began to make a bid. However, IRIDESCENT MORN was never getting to well-bet firster #4 FORTY WINDS, who won by four lengths. She flattened just a bit late and fell out of the superfecta in the final few jumps.
IRIDESCENT MORN should be able to move forward from this, so take her sixth-place finish with a grain of salt next time out.
 
Sunday
Gulfstream Race 5: #11 FREUDIAN FALL
A terrible start almost certainly cost longshot FREUDIAN FALL a diploma in this maiden heat.
FREUDIAN FALL was unprepared when the latch sprung and came out about two lengths slower than the rest. He and rider Marcos Meneses were last and out of the picture for the majority of the race but came into view again as the top of the stretch neared. Unfortunately, FREUDIAN FALL was forced to go five-wide from the midway point on the far turn.
He exchanged some bumps with #9 COUSIN TINO in the lane before tussling with eventual winner EL CHAVAL in deep stretch. EL CHAVAL got a much better trip, and that’s why he was able to beat FREUDIAN FALL by a neck on the wire.
FREUDIAN FALL won’t be 60-1 in a race like this next time out but he’ll be very dangerous.
 
Fair Grounds Race 3: #8 GENTLE COMMITMENT
Ronald Richard made a panicky-looking move on GENTLE COMMITMENT midway through this race that doomed his mount to a runner-up finish.
GENTLE COMMITMENT, breaking widest of all in a field of six, settled in the three-path in the trailing tier, following eventual winner #7 BIG RAGU. The pace was slow to develop (25.08, 50.12) but the complexion changed on the backstretch, as BIG RAGU became the primary pace presser outside longshot #3 SPASINI. Rather than tuck in behind this formulating duel, Richard decided to attack with GENTLE COMMITMENT in the three-path.
SPASINI gave way at the top of the stretch, but BIG RAGU was not done yet, even as GENTLE COMMITMENT forged a narrow lead in the stretch. Florent Geroux was able to coax just a bit more out of his mount due to the extra ground he saved compared to GENTLE COMMITMENT. GENTLE COMMITMENT lost by just under a length, but different tactics might have landed him a victory. 

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