At first blush, when comparing Hay Hay My My (3-1) with Sandy by the Beach (8-1), there doesn’t seem to be any comparison at all as they exit RACE 3 on FEB 21.
Hay Hay My My raced closer to the pace, between rivals in the backstretch, moved in tandem between runners, including eventual narrow winner, fought back gamely on the fence only to lose to the momentum of his outside rival. Improved pace with class drop, tough trip–all very logical.
But there are reasons why ‘Sandy’ could and should have been much closer. Moving around in the gate at the start of his debut, he broke in a tangle, needed gathering, lost momentum and never saved an inch of ground throughout the running.
‘Sandy’ made a brief outside run at the turn wide continuing 5-wide into the stretch, never changed leads, and was not abused late. He was as green as the grass he was racing on. Education, a switch to turf ace Pablo Morales for Darien Rodriguez, 2-for-3 removing blinkers and 2-for-5 with second-timers.
The race they exit has produced a winner from two subsequent starters and he could be the second winner from that heat at fair odds. Check out the race referenced above on the Tampa Bay Today Video and see what you think.
Meanwhile, we’ll take Sandy by the Beach straight at 5-1 or greater and key-box exactas with ‘Hay Hay’ and the speedy, fast working Agripino (5-2).