Friday, July 16, 2010

Disappointing race for trio of 2010 tips

I'm not sure whether anyone else is, but I'm ardently following the nearly 190 2-year-olds I tipped from various juvenile sales each year.

Every time one of them races, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the results. So when three of them go in one race, I'm particularly curious, and hopeful.

That didn't turn out so well today, but it looks like at least two of them have excuses.

Soldier's Tune, a $28,000 OBSAPR purchase who missed by only a head in his debut at the MCL $32K level, was a beaten favorite today in Race 8 at Calder, for a $40,000 tag. Sent off at 2.70/1, he "gave way" in the lane under Cecilio Penalba and finished fourth, beaten by a horse at almost 28/1, Master Dunker.

The race was won by Slews Big Finale in a time of 1:00.89 for 5 furlongs over a sealed, sloppy track. It'sapossibility came home second at nearly 10/1 for a $2 trifecta that paid $1,552.40.

Getting up to finish fifth by a neck was another tip of mine, On Appeal, a $25,000 OBSAPR purchase who would have seemed like a good value in the betting at nearly 6/1 after placing in both of his first two efforts. On this day, according to the chart, the saddle slipped in the early going for jockey Daniel Coa, and it's hard to win a race under those conditions. Fifth might not be such a bad effort.

Also with some excuse was firster You Es Oh Club, who was purchased for $30,000 from the same OBS April sale. Sent off at 8.30/1 and ridden by Angel Moreno, he was caught in an early, three-way bumping with Roy's Girls and Cliff's Catch (who finished seventh and eighth) and ended up straggling home 10th of 11.

I'm tracking the successes (or lack thereof) by all my 2010 juvenile picks, and you can, too, at the bottom of this past post.

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