In the latest edition of our weekly feature with Maryland racing analyst Gabby Gaudet, she scopes out maiden heat.
The skinny: A maiden special weight for three-year-olds and up going six furlongs on the main track.
Notably: Three of the 10 runners fetched more than $100,000 at auction — but the favorite is a homebred.
Gabby’s take: “I think this maiden special weight is pretty well matched. I do really like the favorite in here (#5 Awesome Bill) — I think he’s probably the one to beat, primarily because of his first two races.”
And don’t forget: #1 Killer Whale and #3 Corinnaise[boxify cols_use =”3″ cols =”6″ position =”right” box_spacing =”5″ padding =”3″ background_color =”gray” background_opacity =”10″ border_width =”1″ border_color =”blue” border_style =”solid” height =”402″ ]COMPARISON ‘CAPPING
- Mike Trombetta trainee has been off since April;
- Ran second in each of her first two starts;
- Filly stepping out against the boys;
- Three runners from her debut won their next, including Recoupe, who’s since won two allowance races and run second in a Saratoga stake;
- Two runners from her second race won next out, including Charm City Girl, who later ran second in a Monmouth stake;
- 8-1 morning line odds.
#1 Killer Whale
- Claudio Gonzalez trainee making his debut after a steady series of works;
- Gonzalez has not debuted a horse in the last five years;
- Trainer winning at a 29 percent clip during the Laurel meet;
- By Mizzen Mast out of Candy Buttons, by Candy Ride;
- Had four five-furlong works followed, on November 14, by a six-furlong work from the gate;
- Most works have been fairly moderate, but a couple have been sharp;
- Gabby says: “In breeding, I’m thinking he might be pointed for the turf in the future… This horse is probably really well tooled for the debut… An interesting play out of a hot barn.”
And a Pick 3…
- Race 7 – 1, 5, 6
- Race 8 – All
- Race 9 – 4, 6, 8, 10
- Ticket cost ($0.50 unit): $36.00
(Featured image, of Ben’s Cat, by Laurie Asseo.)