Monday, March 7, 2011

Gotham Recap

Gotham- Recap

Stay Thirsty
Norman Asbjornson
Toby’s Corner

Unplaced horses listed in order of finish.
Nacho Saint , The Fed Eased, Isn’t He Perfect, Starship Ceasar

Scratched - Preachintothedevil, Dawly

Those of you who have tuned into the blog for a few years now, will find it no surprise that I had the right idea – (keying a horse with a relative long shot in the exacta)….but of course I didn’t have the correct horse winning.

The $2 Exacta of Stay Thirsty & Norman Asbjornson – paid a very healthy $94.50.

As you watch the video below it’s interesting to notice that Stay Thirsty comes out of the blocks sluggishly – which allowed (#8) Norman Asbjornson to surge closer to the leader (#1) The Fed Eased and the rail for an easier first turn.

With a better start Stay Thirsty probably would have forced Norman Asbjornson 5 or 6 wide in the first turn and it could’ve made this a very different race.

Despite my concerns of travel, a new track, and the 3 ½ month lay-off – Stay Thirsty was clearly the dominant contender here at the Gotham – coming down to the wire it appeared as if it was going to be close…but as you continue to watch – Stay Thirsty easily pulls away late – which is noteworthy because if you want to be a big money, Triple Crown horse – the races get longer from here on out.

Norman Asbjornson couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to steal this race – he may still have some time to develop in these next couple of months – but I think this might be the best race we’ll see out of him for awhile.

Toby’s Corner (#4) – never seemed to find his stride in this race. He gets boxed in early, he gets out of that so that he can stalk Stay Thirsty – but when Stay Thirsty makes his move, Toby’s Corner seems to hesitate – and then as they go into the final turn the jockey can’t seem to make up his mind whether to stay on the rail or go wide….they go way wide and Toby’s Corner cruises into third. Toby’s Corner I think could still be one to watch in bigger stakes races, I just think this was a bad day.

I wasn’t surprised that Dawly scratched – I think the trainers probably didn’t like this early speed horse having the furthest spot, the #9, coming out of the gate.

If you really want to see pitiful make sure to watch the “entire” race….poor Starship Ceasar takes forever to make it to the finish.

Video attached below:

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