Trip Notes with Robert Criscola: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Trip Notes 1/17/18

There was plenty of thoroughbred action this holiday weekend, and unfortunately, plenty of tough trips. We’ll go over a trio of those here, working west to east from Santa Anita to the Fair Grounds.
Thursday
Santa Anita Race 1: #10 JUMP THE TRACKS
JUMP THE TRACKS bobbled at the break and was forced three-to-four wide into the clubhouse turn under Tyler Baze. He raced up to third at the midway point of the far turn, but that’s as far as he went as he could do no better than a three-wide trip on the final bend. JUMP THE TRACKS crossed the wire third beaten three lengths.
It’s worth noting JUMP THE TRACKS was well-clear of the rest of the field (over 10 lengths ahead of the fourth-place finisher) and that he was the only horse to make a significant move at the top two, who comprised the exacta all the way around the track.
 
Friday
Oaklawn Race 6: #1 YOUR SECRET’S SAFE
Despite breaking from post one, YOUR SECRET’S SAFE never saw much of the rail under David Cohen. That was particularly disadvantageous on opening day at Oaklawn, where most of the program’s winners raced predominately on the inside.
One of the last away, YOUR SECRET’S SAFE raced between horses most of the clubhouse turn even though the rail was available. Cohen continued to keep his mount in a tight spot amongst rivals before the far turn hit. From there Cohen found some room before catching up to the leading flight approaching the quarter pole. Then Cohen hooked YOUR SECRET’S SAFE four-wide for the stretch drive.
YOUR SECRET’S SAFE made a late impression but tired in the final 1/16th, settling for third beaten just under five lengths. He probably would have been much closer on a fairer surface.
 
Saturday
Fair Grounds Race 4: #6 STRONG CURRENT
STRONG CURRENT had a skittish beginning, breaking slowly and veering in. He was guided to the four-path onto the first turn by Adam Beschizza as the field bunched up behind a slow pace (24.32, 49.84, 1:15.28).
STRONG CURRENT was allowed to gain gradually on the leaders but couldn’t move in, as he entered the far turn four-wide. He was floated six-to-seven wide as the field hit the top of the stretch. In spite of the excessive ground loss, STRONG CURRENT managed to stay on in the stretch and finish fourth beaten just two lengths. He is a very tempting bet-back opportunity off this miserable trip.  

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