Thursday, May 26, 2011

Holiday weekend woos eligibles’ events

On Memorial Day weekend, beginning Friday, May 27, the scheduled events for Hambo and “Oaks”-eligibles gets hot north and south of the continent’s border.

At Western Fair on May 27, two filly hopefuls are in a field racing for $130,000. It’s an Ontario Sires Stakes Final and it features an elim-winner, eligible Oh Sweet Baby (Angus Hall). She won last week and paid $6.80. Also in the field is LA Freeway (Kadabra), who finished third in her elim.

The next day, at Hoosier Park, a colt eligible looks to increase his bankroll in a $40,000 Indiana Sires Stakes event. Bluebird Elian (Southwind Elian) leaves from post 2, starting his “Trail” journey among the lighter levels of the division.

Holiday Monday the pair of Empire Breeders Championship finals are the features at Vernon Downs. Colts and fillies go for the biggest dollars of the division so far this season.

The hopefuls in the colts final have to beat the state champ Dejarmbro and with Spectator K (Conway Hall) out of the event (he broke in his elim and finished seventh), it’s up to a pair of up-and-coming trotters.

Evil Urges (Cash Hall) took advantage of Spectator K’s mishap and won a longshot victory. In the first elim, Tiger’s Too Good (Conway Hall), the favorite, finished fourth. Whatever It Takes (Credit Winner) was right behind Dejarmbro in that split, so he will be in the field.

Our choice is the colt we have watched since the Dexter Cup. Troubled by a misstep and a bad post and still thriving is Whitewater Rapids (Credit Winner). He is in the mix for all exotics and if the best behaved Dejarmbro doesn’t show up or makes an error, look out for this colt.

The gals will be ruled by Jezzy (Credit Winner), who seems to be able to satisfy all the early hype. The only eligible she (pictured) needs to handle here is Some Girls (Conway Hall), who finished second in her elim. The obvious exacta may be the deal but you way want to use non-eligible Four Damsals behind Jezzy in an exacta or as the third element of the triad.

Also on Monday, Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) continue their lucrative path and Trail colts are on board for splits worth a bit over $67,000 each.

Three hopefuls are in Race 5 on the Chester bill. There are Ubabating (Broadway Hall), Bambino Hall (Tom Ridge) and Broad Bahn (Broadway Hall). All eyes are on the latter, a high-profile colt who was great at two until an injury. If Broad Bahn has recovered and is feeling the strength that got him into the headlines, he may just wander home here and continue to flex muscles en route to the big day in August.

In Race 11, five eligibles face one talented non-eligible, Washingtonian. Those looking for the upset of the obvious favorite will be Del Cielo (Broadway Hall), Big Rigs (Andover Hall), Fawkes (SJ’s Caviar), Not Nice (Glidemaster) and Magnum Kosmos (SJ’s Caviar).

Big Rigs has a future if he has matured. The sons of Andover Hall, who may have won the Hambletonian but for a misstep in the elim, has great potential and the time to wager on him is now, as the public favors the obvious contenders.

A trio on the Trail hit the third PASS split: Buffalino Hanover (Cantab Hall), Opening Night (Broadway Hall) and Orlando (Andover Hall).

“Buffalino” followed Pastor Stephen home in that one’s monstrous debut at the Meadows. That race performance could have beaten this field easily. The mystery remains Orlando, another Andover Hall colt, who is sadly repeating his sire’s gait woes. But have faith because when Orlando fires smoothly, his speed will endure, and it will do so at a price. 

Watch for the results and review of races at the Hambletonian Society's Trail section. 

No comments:

Post a Comment