Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Trip Notes 11/7/17

Time to review some unlucky trips from Breeders’ Cup week that may have flown under the radar. We’ll start at Del Mar before moving to Aqueduct.
Wednesday
Del Mar Race 1: #4 INCENSED
Paco Lopez got himself into some trouble in the opening race of the Bing Crosby meet at Del Mar.
Lopez’s decision to tuck behind the leaders with INCENSED down the backstretch rather than chase three-wide proved to be costly one. He ended up trapped behind a wall of three horses as #6 MR VARGAS took up the chase outside dueling frontrunners #1 ROCKET HEAT and #3 GREEN WITH EDDIE at the quarter pole. When Lopez attempted to tip out, he was forced to yield to eventual winner#5 BRANDOTHEBARTENDER, who was full of run four-wide.
By the time Lopez brought INCENSED (who uncorked a furious late rally) to daylight it was too late, and he had to settle for second.
Friday
Aqueduct Race 1: #4 SON OF MINE
It was an inauspicious beginning to the Aqueduct meet for SON OF MINE and his backers. He completely missed the break and, per the Equibase chart, spotted the field five to six lengths in the opening strides.
Hector Diaz Jr. let his mount settle into stride a clear last before calling for some run on the far turn. SON OF MINE entered the bend three-wide and began to pass rivals but was forced six-wide by the time they reached the top of the stretch.
Despite being in an all-out drive for about 5/16ths of a mile, SON OF MINE managed to cut into the deficit and finish within two lengths of winning favorite #1 BAR NONE, who had a much better trip. If SON OF MINE can break better in his next start, he’ll be a handful in a similar spot.
Saturday
Aqueduct Race 9: #9 GOLDEN ORB
This was the Chelsea Flower Stakes for two-year-old fillies, which featured a very roughly-run stretch drive. GOLDEN ORB and Nik Juarez got the worst of it, which was unfortunate considering she had a picture-perfect journey to the top of the lane.
GOLDEN ORB was guided to last as they entered the clubhouse turn and had just one rival beaten as the horses hit the final bend. It looked like a seam would open up but instead GOLDEN ORB was forced to check behind a fading #5 DRAMA RUN. GOLDEN ORB had nowhere to go until it was far too late, but she still managed to produce a decent rally for fourth.

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