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Friday, June 3, 2016

Feature Race of the Day: Kawartha Downs

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.
Selections: 3-6-4

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