A View from the Bottom: Horses to keep an eye on from maiden races at Delta Downs, Aqueduct and Oaklawn
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Yes, folks, we at BettorsInsider.com are tracking the lower rungs of horse racing. The maiden claimers or the tier B/C msw types. We will highlight, as frequently as possible, the horses that have made an impact within their class range and are perhaps worth tracking later.
It’s an ugly job, but someone has to do it. 😊
We will start with race 3 from Delta Downs on March 25. This is a $20K statie maiden special weight. The horse that caught our eye is the #10 Megawildtime.
Shipping in from the Fair Grounds and not having raced in six weeks, this colt broke straight to the front and never looked back. As you can see, the three jockeys behind Megawildtime are still giving it a go on their horses. However, they just cannot keep up as Megawildtime dug in and was not to be denied. Typically, you become suspect when a horse wins by this large of a margin. You ask yourself the question whether the horse won by that much, or did the others gave up? In this case, the others did not give up. That is what makes this colt interesting.
The second race is from Aqueduct on March 25. It's the fourth race, a $25,000 maiden claimer for New York breds. The horse who won that we liked is #3 Irish Giant. Irish Giant got into a pinball match at the onset of the race. Once he became righted, jockey Manny Franco kept him near the lead into the stretch. When he hit the stretch, he started to run very green and was badly pulling his head to the right. After struggling with him, Manny got his mind on the business at hand and Irish Giant put it into high gear and ended up kicking away. As you can tell by the picture, his tail is upright and his ears are perked, both excellent signs of a horse that is racing within himself. This was his debut win, so look for an improvement next time, probably in an allowance or an allowance optional claiming race.
The final one comes from Oaklawn Park on March 25th and it is a $10,000 maiden claiming race.
In his debut race for Ron Westermann, #8 Fire Two Point O, broke badly and sat a very wide trip throughout. When they hit the middle of the turn, the jockey, Travis Wales, asked him to go and he responded well. He ended up coming four wide into the turn and after a couple cracks of the whip, Fire Two Point O, came down the stretch with a head of steam. As he neared the 2nd place finisher, #5 Papa Star, they ended up getting into a duel and Fire Two Point O would not relent. It was a very game effort and he’s worth keeping an eye on.
That’s it from the lower echelon for today.
Happy Hunting 😊