Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Taking Ness Sprinter to Tripp Out
Given the Martin Luther King holiday card at Gulfstream, SaratogaBets will trek north to Tampa Bay for their feature, a secondary allowances/NW 3 lifetime/optional claiming at 7 furlongs, run as Wednesday's 3rd race.
The sprint has drawn a field of six and any of three can win this. A look at the field:
#1 Thank U Phillippe (5-1) ships north for Marty Wolfson, 1-for-1 at Tampa this season (BRIS). Lacks killer instinct with (20) 2-5-2 slate, but the good news is that both wins were at today’s specialized distance, winning his only start on this surface. Half-mile work on Jan. 14, termed breezing, was third fastest of 129 members of his peer group that week at his Gulfstream base. Very well meant.
#2 Guam Typhoon (8-5) has always done his best racing at today’s trip, winning three of five lifetime starts at seven-eighths, earning top Equiform figures in the process. He owns two exacta finishes in three starts over the surface. Strong finishing Ronnie Allen takes the return call.
#3 Bold Captain (15-1) is winless at Tampa and lifetime best effort came going 10 furlongs on wet track at Thistle.
#4 Rickyontherun (6-1) has won at the distance and over this surface but his performance figures are lacking.
#5 Beijing House (9-2) is interesting because he owns excellent performance figures and McCooey barn is profitable with second-off-the-layup runners. The bad news is that he’s 0-for-11 at Tampa and winless in four starts at today’s trip.
#6 Tripp O Steel (2-1) has no experience at the distance but owns worthy (7) 2-1-2 slate over the local ground. His performance figures had been improving steadily and that was before the Jamie Ness claim. He chased a hot pace while wide in his latest at Gulfstream now returns to his preferred surface. Ness is otherworldly 33% efficient in third-off-the-layoff scenarios. Switch to Goncalves (42% for this barn through Monday), outside post in small field and possibility of a loose lead all augur well.
Taking Tripp O Steel to win and key-boxing in multiple pools with Thank U Phillippe and Guam Typhoon.
Running Totals: (1007) 310-202-143 Total Dollar Return: $2,134.40 [win selections only]