McDove gave it a good try Saturday at Emerald Downs, finishing third in the fifth race on a cloudy and wet afternoon.
Jerre to Carrie, the 9-to-5 betting favorite, was victorious by 2 1/4 lengths in a very fast 1:08.66 for six furlongs. Kiss My Lulu held off McDove by a head for second place, and one more stride and we would have finished second. McDove earned $1,680 for finishing third.
It was McDove’s first race since February 16 and her first at Emerald Downs, and all things considered a pretty good effort. Trainer Sharon Ross and jockey Javier Matias both were pleased with with the showing, and it showed McDove clearly fits at this level and should benefit from the race. The feeling is that McDove should be even better at longer distances
According to the official Equibase chart, “McDove settled off the leaders early, moved five-wide through the turn and finished with good late energy.”
There was a claim in the race, but it wasn’t McDove. Jerre to Carrie was claimed for $15,000 by owner Richard Craswell and trainer Kay Cooper.
Sunday’s work for Distinguishable is off. Everything is fine but Mike Puhich said he prefers to wait a couple of days. Distinguishable will gallop, however, at 7:30 a.m. with Javier Matias aboard.
I will be out early to watch Distinguishable train and also visit McDove to see how she came out of the race.
Enjoy the weekend!