Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Trip Notes 7/25/17

Time once again to dive into some unlucky trips from the week that was in horse racing. We’ll discuss some stakes results from opening weekend at Saratoga as well as a race from Delaware Park.
Wednesday
Delaware Race 7: #1A NEKIA’S UNO ONE, #10 LITTLE SIETE
LITTLE SIETE and Angel Serpa got the worst of what was a very roughly-run turf race for two-year-olds.
LITTLE SIETE attempted to settle at the rail on the first turn but was pinched thanks to an errant #5 LOOKINGFORACOOKIE. That foe would prove to be a thorn in the side of LITTLE SIETE, as he was forced extremely wide turning for home as LOOKINGFORACOOKIE commenced a late rally. LITTLE SIETE finished up a respectable third, beaten just two lengths.
#1A NEKIA’S UNO ONE was rushed slightly in the early going by Ricardo Chiappe, moving from mid-pack to be right with the leaders down the backstretch. Unfortunately, NEKIA’S UNO ONE had to check sharply between horses as they approached the far turn. His re-rally was only mildly effective, as he wound up checking in seventh.
Saturday
Saratoga Race 10: #2 ANTONOE
#2 ANTONOE made her name with a rail rally in the Just A Game, but she had no such luck with the move in the Diana on Saturday.
ANTONOE saved ground on both turns under Javier Castellano and was given her cue just outside the quarter pole. She advanced willingly on the inside of #4 QUIDURA and #3 LADY ELI, but unfortunately, her rivals leaned in on her and forced Castellano to take up in the final strides. 
There was an inquiry regarding this race, but the stewards made the right call upholding the results as the ‘herding’ that LADY ELI initiated was very subtle. That’s not to say ANTONOE wasn’t cost a placing; that’s very much up for debate. This will make a potential rematch in the Ballston Spa on Travers day that much more interesting. ANTONOE could have the advantage at that 1 1/16th-mile distance.
Sunday
Saratoga Race 10: #7 SALTY
Poor SALTY can’t seem to buy a break these days. She’s drawn widest of all in three straight starts and completely botched the break in the Coaching Club American Oaks.
Leaping up at the start, SALTY bounced out at least two lengths slower than the rest. Joel Rosario wisely kept her at the back rather than rush up, but he had no other choice than to take the far turn three-to-four wide before angling out six-wide for the stretch run. SALTY still managed to put in a solid bid and settled for third behind the gritty #2 ABEL TASMAN and #1 ELATE.
No matter where SALTY goes next (at least on dirt), she’ll be a force to be reckoned with if she can get a clean trip. A better post draw would certainly help.

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