Time for track announcer Matt Dinerman to take a look at Friday’s race in which E Z Larry makes his first start for Emerald Racing Club.
The race is a $25,000 maiden claiming race for 3-year-olds and up at 6 furlongs, with a $13,600 purse. It goes as Race 3 at 7:35 p.m.
1-Mixo, Javier Matias, 120 lbs, 3-/1; 2-Storminside, Eswan Flores, 120, 7/2; 3-Rainrebel, Julien Couton, 120, 8/1; 4-Kid Trickey, Kevin Orozco, *115, 12/1; 5-Boo Boo Bear, Rocco Bowen, 120, 5/2; 6-Snow Zone, Osvaldo Gonzalez, *115, 15/1; 7-E Z Larry, Isaias Enriquez, 120, 9/2; 8-Trust in the Stars, Juan Gutierrez, 120, 6/1.
Take it away Matt. . .
“Hello all! It’s time to get excited for E Z Larry!
Before we get into ‘Larry’s race…I am sorry about what happened to McDove. The good news is that I went back to the barn and she looks really good. Physically she looks very healthy and she was very happy, meaning mentally she is OK too. I understand Vince sent you all an e-mail to explain what has been done with her to get her lungs cleared out. She will be OK and will go on to race another day!
Eight runners to go six furlongs in the third race tomorrow night, E Z Larry’s race! E Z Larry is making his second lifetime start. Sometimes, horses take a step forward in their second career race, so keep that in mind (in fact, ‘second time starters’ was Vince’s handicapping angle in our ‘Angles With Experts’ segment.) Mike Puhich has decided to put blinkers on E Z Larry. He looked green (inexperienced) in his first start, so my guess is those blinkers are being added to try to keep him a little more focused this time. ‘Larry was claimed by the ERC for 15k and is in for a 25k tag this time. The field he faces this time is tougher than what he saw in his career deubt.
When I first heard you had claimed E Z Larry, I was very pleased. E Z Larry has the breeding to be nice; his sire (He’s Tops) has done good work as a sire and his dam (Maker Happy) produced E Z Starmaker, who was a VERY impressive maiden winner last year. He had a few snappy workouts leading up to his debut and, after his first race, he gave me the impression he had a horse who had some ability.
There are three first time starters in this race. The one who scares Vince and I the most is #2 Storminside. He comes from the Blaine Wright barn; Blaine has had an outstanding meet, winning at an eye-popping 37% clip. Storminside is a Kentucky bred by Hansen (who is a son of one of the top stallion’s in the world, Tapit) and has had some quick works in preperation for this race. Expect him to show speed. Incidentally, Larry and Sharon Ross have a first time starter in the race: #4 Kid Trickey. As much as we all like Larry and Sharon, it would be fine with us if Kid Trickey runs second to E Z Larry tomorrow.
The horses with the most experience that are main threats to E Z Larry are #1 Mixo and #5 Boo Boo Bear. Mixo has hit the board in the majority of his races and has finished behind some really nice horses, including 2015 champion two-year-old So Lucky. Boo Boo Bear is another one that has finished behind solid racehorses in past starts.
I try to be as impartial as possible while calling races…however…if I had to call E Z Larry as the winner of the third race, I’d be pretty darn excited for you all.”