Sunday July 22 preview
The thoroughbred racing action continues today with a seven race card that begins at 1:50 p.m. The race I will go in depth on is the sixth which has eight three year olds in an allowance race going six and a half furlongs.
On the rail is Larry Potozny and Maria Godart’s GIMME SOME SLACK who just got up to defeat afield of $25,000 claimers last time out. This is a much tougher assignment and he will need his best to be in contention in the stretch. Richard Hamel gets the call from trainer Mike Anderson.
Peter Redekop’s MINER HEAT is making his Hastings debut after a couple of no threat performances in Northern California. He has looked sharp in his a.m. drills since arriving here and on paper looks like the one to beat. Amadeo Perez won three yesterday and will be looking to continue his hot streak. Phil Hall will be trying to pad his lead atop the trainer standings.
The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s PAN HANDLE finally got the job done in his ninth try as a maiden. He scooted up in the inside to win going away in a fast time of 1:16 4/5 . His task is obviously tougher but judging by the way he won he looks ready to challenge these tougher rivals. Aaron Gryder will be at the controls today for trainer Glen Todd.
Canmor Farms and Tracy McCarthy’s NEXT OTIS was a game fourth in his latest which was against older horses. He gets back in with is own age group and he should be dangerous. Enrique Gonzalez will be aboard for Mark Cloutier.
The Swift Thoroughbreds EZEKIEL had a terrible trip in first try going long with stakes company. He is a better horse than is recent form shows and he should be a factor against this allowance field. Antonio Reyes gets a leg up from trainer Dino Condilenios.
Mohamad Khan’s MIGHTY MICK turned in a solid effort following the $25,000 claim last month. The longer race seemed to suit him nicely but he returns to a sprint and will be a top threat. Sahin Civaci and Jim Brown will team up with the son of A.P. Indy stallion Sungold.
The RJT Thorughbreds SMART DEAL finished third in is last going long and didn’t get the best of trips that day. He returns to a sprint and if he can overcome his outside draw then he is in with a shot. Miguel Rodriguez rides for trainer Mel Snow.
Mel Snow will also be saddling SLEW’S DA BOSS who will be entered in an allowance for the first time in his career. The son of Cause to Believe broke his maiden in his first start and then has been in seven consecutive stakes races and has placed in four of those starts. This is an easier spot and he deserves respect. Silvino Morales rides.
A reminder to everyone that our next live card will be Friday night July 27th with the opener going at 7:00 p.m. We do not race next Saturday and the weekend racing will resume on Sunday, July 29th at 1:50 p.m.
Good luck everyone.