E Z Larry’s race is a go for Friday. The race–a $25,000 maiden claiming race for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs with a $13,600 purse–drew eight entries.
They were still drawing Friday’s races, so I don’t know the race number yet, but I will post that information tonight along with a recap of the Boeing Stakes.
I just talked to Mike Puhich and E Z Larry will be schooling in the paddock with the horses for the first race. So if you’re at the track, come and take a look. He’s a good-looking chestnut gelding and will be with groom Danni Briggs.
As I handicapped the Boeing, by far my biggest concern is McDove’s post-position. She drew the far outside No. 9 post, which would be great if the Boeing was a sprint (any race shorter than one mile). But in one-mile races at Emerald Downs the run from the starting gate to the first turn is very short, and horses stuck on the outside often get hung out very wide and lose a tremendous amount of ground. In fact, in one-mile races this season at Emerald Downs post-positions 9 & 10 are a combined 0-for-10. That statistic had me waking up in a cold sweat last night.
So to me, the biggest key for McDove will be to break alertly and quickly angle over and tuck inside behind the leaders. If Kevin Orozco can manage that, McDove’s chances improve greatly. Incidentally, a couple of you asked why Orozco won’t get the the usual five lb. apprentice weight break on McDove in today’s race. There are no weight allowances in stakes races, so McDove will carry 117 lbs.
While McDove is facing tougher fillies and mares today, she does have upside. The first two filly and mare stakes this season were won by Citizen Kitty and Profound Moment, the two morning line favorites in the Boeing, but those races were at 6 and 6 1/2 furlongs. Neither Citizen Kitty nor McDove have thrived at longer distances. Pyscho Sister, a quality invader from California, has won on turf and synthetic surfaces but is unproven on dirt.
Princess Katie and Princess Kennedy are both proven distance horses, but neither has run particularly well this year. So in a race full of question marks, McDove has a chance.
We won’t have a post-race gathering today. Stryker Phd runs in the Mt. Rainier Stakes immediately after the Boeing, so Sharon Ross has her hands full today. I will get some comments after the dust settles and pass them along tonight.