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

Trip Notes 7/18/17

 

We have a pair of trips from Monmouth to discuss this week, and we’ll throw one in from the closing stanza at Belmont as well. Keep an eye out for this continuing column as Del Mar and Saratoga get rolling this week!
Friday
Monmouth Race 2: #6 RECAPITULATION
Hector Diaz Jr. got the better of fellow apprentice Kevin Mendez with heavy favorite #3 SALT IT HERE. However, Mendez wasn’t entirely at fault aboard RECAPITULATION, who broke from the far outside post.
RECAPITULATION lost a great deal of ground chasing the leaders three to four-wide on the far turn while SALT IT HERE was just off the leader’s flank. SALT IT HERE inherited the lead at the top of the stretch and had plenty left to fend off the hard-trying RECAPITULATION, who held safe for second.
Had the trips been reversed, it’s not a stretch to say RECAPITULATION might have won. It just goes to show how influential post positions can be, even in a six-horse field.
Belmont Race 5: #13 PAZ THE WINE
Speaking of post position woes, PAZ THE WINE was even more unlucky than RECAPITULATION, breaking from stall 12 of 12. Saving ground can be crucial in turf racing, but Jose Ortiz had no choice but to take PAZ THE WINE to the five-path for the far turn run before drifting out seven-wide in the lane.  PAZ THE WINE still managed to pick up third behind #1 REGAZZA DI PAPA and #2 SANDY BELLE, who were never out of the exacta the entire race. Only #3 MAZMANIA faded out of the superfecta after racing in third until the top of the stretch, as 99-1 shot #6 HAY FIELD managed to hold fourth throughout.
Sunday
Monmouth Race 6: #8 BEATUBYACHUBINOSE
This was a tough beat for 0-for-11 maiden BEATUBYACHUBINOSE, who was dismissed by bettors at 13-1.
BEATUBYACHUBINOSE was allowed to settle two-wide at the tail-end of the field by Carlos Hernandez until the field reached the far turn. She attempted to split rivals at the start of the turn but was forced to check behind a tiring #3 JERSEY STRONG.
Not to be deterred, BEATUBYACHUBINOSE almost immediately regained momentum and began a three-wide rally. She was guided (perhaps unwisely) to the four-path turning for home and continued to advance toward the leaders, but she could not get past gate-to-wire victor #1 BEACH TAG.
Despite the trouble, BEATUBYACHUBINOSE made up almost seven lengths in the final quarter-mile. She was the only horse to gain any ground whatsoever, as the other superfecta runners were 1-2-3 at the quarter pole. 

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