Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Trip Notes 6/20/17

Another exciting week of racing has come and gone, and I’ve found three races worth discussing in the hopes of catching a horse at a good price next time out. A pair of races from Santa Anita sandwich one from Monmouth in this week’s column.
Friday
Santa Anita Race 6: #5 AUTUMN TWILIGHT
AUTUMN TWILIGHT was off slowly and got bumped around at the start, so she spotted the field several lengths moving out of the seven-furlong chute. AUTUMN TWILIGHT soon caught up to the pack without being rushed by Kent Desormeaux, but she had to be guided widest of all on the far turn.  Sent for home five-wide, AUTUMN TWILIGHT put in a respectable bid to be third beaten just 1 1/4 lengths at 17-1.
There was little Desormeaux could do after being dealt a bad hand out of the gate; hopefully he and AUTUMN TWILIGHT will be a little luckier next time out.
Saturday
Monmouth Race 2: #2 SPIDER JOHN
SPIDER JOHN, making his first start since November, was cut off on more than one occasion in this heat, taking away whatever chance he had of winning.
The first steadying incident occurred on the backstretch run, as Jose Delgadillo attempted to sneak SPIDER JOHN through an opening at the rail left by leaders #3 FIRST ON A ROLL and #1 WILLIEGIMMEMORE. SPIDER JOHN was unable to punch through, so he took up slightly before heading onto the far turn.
SPIDER JOHN attempted to split rivals while angling off the inside turning for home, but he was shut off and forced to try his luck out wide. The rust caught up with him from that point on, as he checked in second under the wire behind sizeable favorite #7 LIL NEDDY.
SPIDER JOHN is not the kind of horse you want to bet the ranch on (0-for-14 lifetime), but he looks like a must-use in a similar spot in the near future.
Santa Anita Race 10: #8 ARCH PRINCE
If you’ve followed me for a while you might remember that I recommended keeping an eye on ARCH PRINCE last year. I’ve touted him in my Santa Anita analysis in his last two starts, including Saturday’s finale in which he finished fourth. ARCH PRINCE took a considerable step forward in his second start of the year while encountering a less-than-ideal trip.
ARCH PRINCE broke well but was forced to steady behind #4 MALIBU MAGIC as they crossed under the wire for the first time. Racing one from the rail around the clubhouse turn, ARCH PRINCE gradually made his way closer to the front while in fourth. ARCH PRINCE was then forced to go four-wide around the far turn under Martin Pedroza. Turning for home four-wide, ARCH PRINCE was a little softened up but showed good tenacity in passing the tiring frontrunners. However, he failed to hold off #7 DIVISOR, #13 COMBAT ZONE, and impressive winner #6 OREGON. ARCH PRINCE could graduate at square odds in his next start with a good trip.

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