Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 3:58 PM
Friday 7/20 – Thursday 7/26
Jim Hurley's Racing Network
Just about every one of the horses who ran over the course of the opening 6 days of the Saratoga Meet will likely run back at some point before Saratoga comes to the end on Labor Day, September 3rd.
Below is a list of horse who ran at Saratoga between Friday July, 20 and Thursday, July 26.
These are horses Jim Hurley and his astute trip handicappers and trainer trend mavens are confident showed more than enough to indicate they are sitting on a win
BIG BIRTHDAY – The Chad Brown trainee was making just her third career start and second off an October layoff when she lost all chance with multiple bumping incidents at the start of the 7 furlong MSW test. After the early scramble she was fanned out four wide throughout. She runs like a two turn horse and has some grass breeding so maybe a mile or mile and a sixteenth on grass in next.
COME DANCING – The lightly raced Malibu Moon filly was making just her 4th career start and first since January. The 4-year old looked like any kind with daylight wins in her first two career starts but then came undone in her third try. In her return she easily handled the second level allowance rivals. She might be good enough to test overnight stakes foes. Bet her back.
EAGLE PASS – The 3-year old gelding was making his career debut in the 8 1/2 furlong turf test. He quickly moved inside where he remained in hand until the end of the second turn. He came out 5 wide upper to mid-stretch, and closed well. A solid plus is that he was haltered for the hefty claiming price of 75K by first off the halter trainer Lind Rice.
FOX RED – Linda Rice Redux. No trainer is sharper at seeing potential early on. This 3-year old Mineshaft colt was making just its second career start in a 40K maiden claiming sprint. He was sent off the favorite for trainer Norm Casse but broke outward, moved up a bit while 4 wide in the 6 furlong test and then ran even through the lane. The colt has shown speed but raced greenly in both starts. Don’t hesitate to bet this one first off the Rice claim, especially if she shows up at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.
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INDIGO YANKEE – The Ian Wilkes Churchill shipper made it two straight with a starter allowance win for us (returned $21.40) at 9 furlongs. Now eligible for NW1X allowance company we see this son of Midshipman continuing to improve and will play him right back in the next step up the level.
IONA MOBE – Second career start and first since October for the well-bred Into Mischief colt is a toss. After bearing out at the break in the 6 furlong MSW test he never grabbed a hold of the off surface and was 5 wide, then moved in and out again before trudging on for third. He is too promising to dismiss at this point. Deserves another chance. And should handle distance and/or turf for trainer Brian Lynch.
NOBLE SPIRIT – Good effort in career debut by the juvenile colt. In the 1 1/16th mile turf test he was off slow raced two to three wide in contention throughout, willingly swung four wide at the head of the stretch and ran on through to the finish to hold on to the show spot where he had run throughout. Look for the George Weaver trainee to move forward in next.
OUR GIRL ABBY – Strong effort first off the Danny Gargan claim (25% overall trainer) and first since 3/21 at Gulfstream. Settled just off the off the pace while three wide in the 32K 6 furlong sprint and was just nosed. Needed the race and will win back at 6-7 panels.
SHADY SHADY SHADY – The juvenile hat Trick filly showed more than enough in her career debut. She finished second to a Chad Brown firster in the 5 ½ furlong turf MSW test. She tracked in mid-pack early, responded when urged outside and closed for the place. Trainer Nevin seldom has them fully cranked at first try so this was a promising effort.