Maiden America Sunday: Hoop Tea's Hooptie Handicapper picks 2yos at Churchill Downs, Pimlico, Santa Anita
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Maiden America Sunday: Hoop Tea's Hooptie Handicapper picks 2yos at Churchill Downs, Pimlico, Santa Anita

The Hooptie Handicapper's first race is at 12:45 pm EDT.

Maiden America 5.23.21

By the Hooptie Handicapper

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This will be brief today as we have three races to cover, all two year olds.

Churchill Downs Race 1 - $52K Maiden Special Weight

2yo Fillies running five furlongs

#8 Miss Chamita (9/2) is one of two with race experience and she posted a dull 62 Equibase figure in open company on turf at Keeneland in late April. She never passed any horses and really ran a poor effort. However, she has returned to work out a :47.6 from the gate and with the race experience, will be a factor. Trainer Michael Douaihy an impressive 22% winner with 2yo’s and 25% from turf to dirt. The other first time starter is #3 Bodacious Baby (15/1) and that was a $50K claimer which she gave an exceedingly poor effort. No workout since, so don't expect much. Pass.

Stella Grace
Stella GraceRT

My choice today is the Tyler Gaffalione ridden and Mike Maker trained #6 Stella Grace (3/1). This is a picture from her OBS March Auction Sale breeze where she clocked 2f in :21.1. She was subsequently sold for $45K and moved to the Maker barn and just flashed a :47.4 work from the gate. She has a little bit above average stride length, which is perfect for Sprint races and her sire, Bernardini, is a strong 15% winners with first foals.

Pimlico Race 2 - $40K Maiden Special Weight

2yo Fillies running 4.5 furlongs

Given the impressive conformation of #5 Tessa P (3/1), and her recent gate works, she’s the choice.

Santa Anita Race 2 - $61K Maiden Special Weight

2yo’s going 4.5 furlongs

Bet on Mookie covers a lot of ground with each step.
Bet on Mookie covers a lot of ground with each step.RT

S/L

Bet On Mookie** SA 2 2 73 66 75 26.7 23.88 2

That, my friends, is what a 26.7 foot stride length looks like. Since early February, we have tracked 1534 horses with breezefigs who have known stride lengths. Of those 1534 horses, 29 have a stride length greater than 26 feet. That is how rare it is. Bet on Mookie will now make #30. To put this in perspective, Secretariat had a 26.4 foot stride length. Why does this matter? Because the average horse runs at a 24 foot stride length and this horse runs at 26 feet per stride, a decided two foot advantage.

Bet On Mookie will be my choice in today’s race.

Happy Hunting 😊

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