With the Derby/Oaks preps heating up I decided to churn out my own
workout on the treadmill. As I was running in place, like many of the
horses I bet on do, I realized I had just finished two complete days of
morning drills at Churchill. I have not google searched yet but I'm
confident successful completion of these two days makes me a certified
clocking expert. I'm sure my diploma is in the mail.
The track felt and
sounded a bit faster this morning. I'm not saying I could of breezed
36.00 for three furlongs but I'm sure I could have logged a 38.40
the morning line favorite, turned in an anxiously awaited drill for low
profile trainer Todd Pletcher. I took him a sixteenth further than
officially given (5.5 furlongs in 1:06.20 and galloping out in 1:19.40).
Interior fractions of 23.60, 59.60, galloping out six in 1:12.80. He
sat off the flank of company Authenticity. He was relatively relaxed.
Into the bit and ready to go but not overly aggressive. Down the
stretch it was clear he was loaded. Razor sharp move. I'm not sure
what I learned. I know he is super talented with googles of upside.
What I don't know is whether he will turn off if put in an
uncomfortable position early in the race. I guess you can say that
about several horses in the race. So to repeat, the drill was quite
fans would be very pleased with the practice round put in by
the son of Curlin. He broke running which put him one up on Overanalyze
when the official clocking started. My clock read 47.20 with the duo
hitting the wire right together. Palace inside. I got the strong
feeling b/c of body language that Palace always had more fuel in the
tank. Strong gallop out for both 1:00.20, 1:13.80. Again, Palace
appearing to be more at ease. Addition of blinkers led to an enjoyable
Shameless plug in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1. I will be producing a full card
scouting report for Derby day. The report will include workout notes on
all Derby horses I have seen over the track plus any horse I have seen
on the undercard over the last couple days. It will also include
pertinent trip notes and hopefully some powerful gallopers as well.
follow me on twitter @ClockerDH
. I have learned that self esteem is
based on the number of followers you acquire and I really want to get to
#10. I will try and tweet something of value from time to time and
leave out what I am eating for breakfast.
~Written by Donald Harris