In our new Big Move of the Week, we feature one horse each week who impressed and might warrant a spot on your watch list. For this week, we update you on previous Big Move of the Week winners.
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- Start Line (Big Move winner, week ending November 22) — The three-time allowance winner has not recorded a start or workout since.
- Behrnik’s Bank (Big Move winner, week ending November 29) — Flashy juvenile stakes winner ran second to highly regarded Frosty Margarita in the New York Stallion Series Stakes on December 20 at Aqueduct. Behrnik’s Bank lost by a neck, and it was nearly a dozen lengths back to any other runner. For the race, owner-trainer Peter Kazamias replaced jockey Edwin Gonzalez, who’d ridden the filly in her first two starts, with Jose Ortiz — a move he told the Daily Racing Form he regretted. “I feel like I got robbed,” he said. “She’ll show herself next time. For sure there’ll be a different jockey.”
- Cathryn Sophia (Big Move winner, week ending December 6) — The ultra-impressive winner of the Gin Talking Stakes shipped down to Florida, as trainer John Servis had said she would. While she hasn’t started since, she has posted a couple of sharp, bullet works at the Palm Meadows Training Center since headling south. She breezed a half-mile in 48.35 seconds on December 20, fastest of 37, and followed that up with another four furlong breeze, this in 48 seconds flat, on December 31. The latter was the fastest of 76 at the distance.
- Lucy N Ethel (Big Move winner, week ending December 13) — This then-two-year-old filly turned heads with a 13-length win over Parx allowance foes on December 8, but that was only the beginning. For her next trick, she headed south to run in the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes at six furlongs at Gulfstream Park. Bettors made the Ramon Preciado trainee the 9-10 favorite, and she lived up to that in spades, romping to a front-running, 3 3/4 length victory for her first graded stakes score.
- Charmed Victory (Big Move winner, week ending December 20) — Charmed Victory earned plaudits by closing sharply to win going six furlongs at first asking, and the three-year-old son of Flatter backed that up with a sparkling six-length win in a first-level allowance at Laurel Park on January 4 after going off as the 3-1 second choice. Trainer Rodney Jenkins indicated that the one-mile Miracle Wood Stakes, on February 15 over the strip, could be the horse’s next spot.
- Athena (Big Move winner, week ending December 27) — Winner of the Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes on December 26, Athena has not posted a work or race since.