Well, in this case 'feature race' means a particular race I find of interest.
Long time readers of this blog know I am a big fan of racing under saddle so when it is opening day of the 2016 RUS season in Ontario, a RUS race has to be 'my' feature race. The particular race is Saturday's 6th race at Kawartha Downs. The purse is $4,000 with six trotters facing the starting gate.
What makes the race interesting is many in the race are making their RUS debut with the exception of qualifiers. Does a speedy mile with a sulky minimize a moderate under saddle qualifier? Does the class in a traditional race foretell how classy a horse will be under saddle or is it a whole new game?
In an attempt to make the race competitive, the race secretary has made the race a handicap. Has the racing secretary been successful? Time will tell. In the meanwhile, here is my analysis of the race:
Sat 6-4 Kawartha Downs 6th Trot - $4,000; RUS Handicap
1 See R Chin Win (Olson, 8-1) - Been away and returns an under saddle race. Broke in last qualifier. This WEG competitor won last time at Kawartha. Your guess.
2 Gracies Harmony (Enberg, 6-1) - Wired field in Q. Efforts in 9K were so-so. May find RUS more to his liking. Competes for show here.
3 Schrodinger (Town, 9-2) - Won both RUS Q's; last in good time. Suspect he will be a good one.
4 Southwind Alice (Harms, 7-2) - Has been racing good and sports a 2:02.2 qualifier. Must use in trifectas.
5 Santo Domingo (Valstad, 2-1) - Timed in :55.3 in last. Owns a 2:05.2 qualifier. Gut says pass.
6 Massive Muscles (Walker, 8-5) - Owns a 2:00.1 qua record. Likely 3-5. Not at those odds.