Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Trip Notes 6/27/17

Fillies and mares are in focus in this week’s column, as all three featured races were restricted to females. We’ll take a look at a turf trip from Belmont and two main course misadventures at Santa Anita.
Thursday
Belmont Race 8: #8 BROWSE
BROWSE had a slow beginning and opted to settle in last place. She raced along the rail onto the far turn under Joel Rosario, who waited for a seam to open up. Unfortunately, room was hard to come by in this bunched field that idled through fractions of 23.29 and 46.70; easy by almost any measure in a seven-furlong turf sprint.
BROWSE cut the corner before angling three-wide but got caught in another traffic jam until they passed the eighth pole. BROWSE was shifted out an additional two or three paths and commenced a good-looking bid until she once again ran into congestion. She crossed under the wire a frustrating sixth.
If BROWSE gets a clean trip in her next try she’ll have a good chance of winning in a similar spot.
Friday
Santa Anita Race 5: #7 SEAQUET
SEAQUET gave up plenty of ground in this five-furlong dash, racing four or five-wide for the duration of the turn under 10-pound bug Laura Werner. Despite the ground loss, SEAQUET was the only horse making any ground whatsoever on gate-to-wire winner #8 FASHION FAIR. In fact, SEAQUET was the only horse in the superfecta that wasn’t racing in the top four early on.
You’ll have to be careful with this 10-start maiden going forward, but she showed enough ability here to merit attention in the near future.
Saturday
Santa Anita Race 2: #3 SO I SANG
Evin Roman has garnered plenty of attention at the Santa Anita spring meet and deservedly so, as he’s now within one of the lead in the jockey standings. However, his ride on SO I SANG will not be on his 2017 highlight reel.
SO I SANG came away in good order to sit behind the dueling frontrunners in third. Roman saved ground along the rail until the head of the stretch, where there was an available lane for him to produce his mount. However, Roman stayed glued to the rail and almost immediately steadied once straightened away. He was then unable to get out until there was less than a furlong to go, and by then eventual winner #7 CANDY SWIRLS was too far ahead.
Roman probably wishes he had this ride back; hopefully he’ll be able to atone on SO I SANG next time she’s entered.
For what it’s worth, this race produced a metaphor for why I believe rushing a horse up after a slow start is a recipe for disaster. #4 POINT STREAK and #6 JUST MINE both came away slowly, but Martin Garcia decided to get after POINT STREAK early while Chantal Sutherland sat chilly on JUST MINE at the back. POINT STREAK was hustled along three-wide on the turn and drifted out even further while tiring at the top of the stretch to last place. JUST MINE, on the other hand, was able to rally for fourth (albeit well-beaten) with one sustained, patient move. 

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