If there are any aspiring trip handicappers in the audience, or an experienced one that wants to show a neophyte what the more subtle aspects of race watching, have them check out RACE 2 on DEC 21 at Tampa Bay Downs [click on the HRI homepage TBD link].
This wasn’t about pilot error or any big trouble line. It’s the story of a horse that never really looked comfortable–perhaps neither was the young Cieren Fallon–and was animal that ran in spots who never had clear sailing, yet finished very determinedly in tight quarters in the wire’s shadow.
The winner, always with good position beneath leading rider Antonio Gallardo, got first run for a barn that, albeit from a small sample, is winning at a high percentage this meet.
Uhtred’s (5-2) pedigree is screaming for today’s added distance, 1-1/8 miles, and Christophe Clement, 23% efficient in LAY 3 scenarios and 24% when trying to right the ship with beaten favorites. Further, he makes the switch from promising apprentice to local turf ace, Samy Camacho.
Hot Graham Motion, meanwhile, is reaching out for sizzling Daniel Centeno, who takes the call on the very solid Captain Hardship (3-1) who should benefit from his recent course debut, his first start since October.
Taking Uhtred to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta key-box of ‘Hardship’ and price shot Gentleman Joe (8-1).