Hi everyone! It’s been a bit since I posted my last blog. I
guess you could call it the classic Arlington Million bounce. I’m here today to
preview two graded stakes races taking place at Arlington
this weekend for the
two year olds. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t also recap an exciting
Washington Park Handicap
that took place last weekend as well.
Race 7 this Saturday features two year old colts (and one
filly actually) running one mile on Arlington’s all-weather surface in the 78th
running of the Arlington-Washington Futurity
! In looking at this race a bit
deeper, it appears to me that 2-1 morning line favorite Muppet Man
is the one
to beat. Perfect in two starts, this Jim DiVito-trained colt handled 7 furlongs
with no issues in his last start: a minor stakes victory back on August 4th
The other advantage that Muppet Man has is that he is the only horse likely to
flash any early speed, and with the rail trip, could easily win gate to wire
without seeing any other tails. DiVito hits at an outstanding 38% with two year
olds and wins at an amazing 32% when teaming up with Jeffrey Sanchez.
So can anyone beat this colt
I think one contender is Pataky Kid
. Tom Proctor brings in
Garret Gomez to ride a horse that broke his maiden at 7 furlongs back on August
. Since that race, he has fired two impressive workouts on the
Polytrack and seems ready to fire again on Saturday. The best chance for Pataky
Kid to win would be for someone else to pressure Muppet Man up front. Drawing
the outside post is Tom Amoss’ Mylute
. Mylute was winless in his previous two
starts and broke his maiden with his first time on the Arlington Polytrack back
on August 11th
as the post time favorite. I certainly like the improving
pattern of Mylute and he has been working very well since his last race. Interestingly,
Donnie Von Hemel is sending out a filly named Scissortail G
who has yet to
break her maiden. It is an odd entry but don’t forget that Von Hemel is winning
at a 26% rate in graded stakes affairs…so who knows!
Race 8 then features the girls running at the same one-turn
mile distance in the 78th
running of the Arlington-Washington Lassie
. This race features a full field of 14 runners and plenty of excellent
exotic wagering opportunities! The filly that jumps out to me at first is Wayne
Catalano’s Flying Rapunzel
. She has been favored in both of her starts and won
her second race in impressive fashion over 7 furlongs at Arlington back on July
. Since that race she has been firing some very good works and
most of us are acutely familiar with Catalano’s record with two year olds (a
25% win rate). What’s even more impressive is the 39% win rate that Catalano
and jockey Miguel Mena have when they team up. This is one dangerous
combination and certainly worth consideration. And since I’m a bit concerned
about the outside post (12) for Flying Rapunzel, I will also give consideration
to Gold Edge
. This filly Is undefeated in two starts and her last victory came
in the $67k Lisa M stakes back on August 4th
at Arlington. She
should rate just off the pace, and as Flying Rapunzel could get some pressure
and Dancing Elliebelle
inside her, the pace scenario
could set up well for Gold Edge. For me, these are the two horses that I give
most weight to.
So there you have my preview of the two big races this
weekend! Who do you like in these races?
Now, I did want to take a moment to recap the 79th
running of the Washington Park Handicap
. 9/2 veteran Workin For Hops
to the lead under Robby Albarado and wasn’t challenged until ¾ of a mile into
the race. Ballyjamesduff
tracked the leader for a while but then ended up not
finishing the race (but did leave the track under his own power). Leading rider
Cisco Torres and Middie
rated through half of the race then took a gigantic
lead at the top of the stretch and dominated the field winning by 3 ¼ lengths
at 14-1! Post time favorite Prayer for Relief
didn’t fire this day and local
favorite Mister Marti Gras
, of course, closed in from last but just couldn’t
catch the winner in the stretch.
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