Trip Notes 6/6/17
We’ll stay exclusively on the east coast for this week’s trips column. There are two races from Belmont and one race from Churchill to go over.
Belmont Race 9: #12 HIDDEN VOW
HIDDEN VOW hardly had a chance to get comfortable throughout the running of this race but was only beaten by a half-length.
HIDDEN VOW began well under Paco Lopez and chased the pace three-wide out of the chute and down the backstretch. #2 ROMAN REVIVAL quit early, enabling HIDDEN VOW to get to the two-path on the far turn. However, he and #11 NO TEXTING, who showed the way inside through honest fractions (23.89, 48.27, 1:11.96), were promptly joined by #8 MATADOR.
HIDDEN VOW managed to shake off MATADOR and favored NO TEXTING at the top of the stretch, but #1 NEOCLASSIC and #6 UNBRIDLED OCEAN had too much momentum for him to handle late.
HIDDEN VOW was the only horse in the top three early on that cracked the superfecta. The first, second, and fourth place finishers rallied from seventh, ninth, and tenth in this one, while MATADOR, NO TEXTING and ROMAN REVIVAL, all close to the early pace at some point, were the last three to finish.
Belmont Race 6: #3 WHATAWONDERFLWORLD
WHATAWONDERFLWORLD had a very poor start, hopping in the air and going immediately to the back. He recuperated quickly enough and was allowed to settle at the rail down the backstretch run under Joel Rosario. As the field traveled along the far turn he remained last, then was forced to switch outside in an attempt to rally.
WHATAWONDERFLWORLD entered the stretch five-wide but picked off horses with ease, except for heavily-favored Get Jets. If WHATAWONDERFLWORLD is entered in a similar spot next time out, he’d be a very likely win candidate.
Churchill Race 8: #8 DREAMMEISTER
Like HIDDEN VOW, DREAMMEISTER found himself chasing the pace outside, working harder than almost anyone in the field. Outside posts (eight or beyond) in sprints have won less than 9% of the time at Churchill this meet. To make matters worse, Rayan Gazader, an apprentice jockey winning at just an 8% clip, had difficulty controlling DREAMMEISTER at different points throughout the race.
DREAMMEISTER broke on top but conceded the lead to #3 ARODG and #6 AWESOME FU. Gazader got much too gentlemanly down the backstretch, allowing #4 HOW’S MY BUD to sneak through inside his mount as the leaders began to gradually get away from DREAMMEISTER. As a result, Gazader and DREAMMEISTER were floated four-wide on the far turn. Gazader allowed his mount to drift out even further as they turned for home, losing that much more ground. Then he allowed DREAMMEISTER to wander in and out multiple times in the stretch run, which probably cost him second place, as he missed it by just a half-length.
A jockey change and a better post would do DREAMMEISTER a world of good next time he runs.