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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, July 21-22 – Scary start to the day as the juvenile filly Same Old Fears clipped heels as four horses raced head to head toward the finish line.

The filly fell unseating Jose Ortiz but quickly righted herself and suffered no apparent serious injury.

Ortiz, however, was dazed, took some time to sit up, then stand, and finally boarded an ambulance on the way to Albany Medical Center. Obviously, he is off the remainder of his mounts An update on Jose will be forthcoming.


In the Curlin, Preakness runnerup Blazing Sevens raced like a horse who was strictly prepping; still, showed little in a dull effort. Scotland ran like a horse than ran himself into the Travers field. Bill Mott has some decisions to make.

In the Lake George, Joel Rosario took the shortest way home, as he usually does on the Saratoga lawn, and get it done with a Chad second time starter with a bright future, Surge Capacity who has a bright future ahead. Tax Implications ran her race, a good one, but it appeared the juice in the ground compromised her late surge. Another chance on firm ground.

HRI Trip Notes for Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks listed in post order with early line odds:

SOUTHLAWN (9-2) ridden out speed early bump rival entering backstretch, rated 3-4 wide backstretch, asked for speed for turn move 4-wide, angled out 6-7 wide into stretch bumped, one-paced ridden out stretch.

WET PAINT (2-1) showed freshness turn back into one-turn mile, saved ground behind the speed throughout, ridden out only into stretch and in upper stretch, roused late and picked up the pace, good prep back to two turns?

SACRED WISH (10-1) took back after showing speed from the gate, rated 4 across the track stalking 3-ply battle, asked for move midtown 3-wide, driven out.

GAMBLING GIRL (5-2) ridden out for position entering backstretch, restrained 3-path at the back of the pack, moved up willingly turn, angled out 7-wide entering lane, finished strongly 6-wide stretch, getting there.

HOOSIER PHILLY (5-2) waltzed on lead in 25.35 early in one turn mile, ridden out inside through turn, handily final furlong, had much more to give if asked.

SHE’S LOOKIN LUCKY (10-1) ridden out speed pressured from outside throughout, continued pressed on turn, challenged at 3/16s, rebroke, drew off, won ridden out.

The Skinny: Southlawn and Gambling Girl making there first starts since the Kentucky Oaks for disparate reasons. Southlawn had excuses, never in good position; Gambling Girl angled out wide entering the lane with momentum and finished boldly. Hoosier Philly still has something to prove with this kind at today’s longer trip.

Southlawn needs a rebound effort whereas ‘GG’ has 10-furlong Alabama aspirations. Wet Paint also needs to rebound, prove she’s more than a mud-lark, back in divisional hunt with this Grade 1 and comes off perfect prep; reunites with winning partner Prat. Would like early line of 2-1 to hold…

this is a live column and will be updated throughout the day

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4 Responses

  1. I’m starting to think this Irad Ortiz guy can ride a little. That horse in Race 10 wanted to find another loss with all his being, and that was a picture perfect example of intimidating an uncomfortable opponent without going crossing the line. I know Irad goes over the line plenty, but that was flat out race riding. He is the only reason that horse won.

  2. Agreed, Doc, and would have been plenty annoyed had there been a DQ, whereas yesterday Parade Ring knocked a rival completely off stride jumps from the wire and in my view cost the fifth finisher Neon Beach fourth money and superfecta players a winning vertical.
    Yes, we’re talking young horses here, but Parade Ring bore in reaction to right-handed whipping.

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