Monday, September 15, 2008

"FIZZY POP was never a factor."

That is how the chart caller at Remington Park summed up our boy's debut. I can tell you, that is absolutely not what your horse's line to read. I have not seen the race as I was driving from Las Vegas to Reno on Sunday, but I was able to read the chart around Tonopah. I truly didn't expect a win. I've seen Heza Wild Guy race and around the barn and Bernell said he was training well, so I knew if he ran his race, Fizzy was not going to beat him. I was, however, hoping to hit the board.

Fizzy came back OK. He ate up his feed and was his personable self. There was a little heat in an ankle, but, as of right now, nothing to worry about. Dean Butler reported that Fizzy didn't take to the surface the same way he did the Canterbury Park turf course, but that his action was good and when asked to move he did. The problem was, with an opening quarter of :23.1 everyone else had something left in the tank as well.

It could very well be that Fizzy has reached the upper limits of his talent. He finished 6 lengths off the lead, which isn't too bad, but maybe pushing up against $35,000 claimers is just too much for him. We'll evaluate him at the end of the week and then decide where to go next. My guess is that we'll get him back down to around $20,000 or $25,000 claiming company - if we can get a race to fill! If he checks out, I'm not opposed to trying him here one more time. After all, he got whooped at Canterbury first out - worse than this in fact - and then came back to win with ease. Fizzy may need to get a feel for his surroundings and do the entire routine once before he he's comfortable enough to relax.

As a side note, posting will be minimal this week as I attend some corporate meetings in Reno. I hope to get back at it again over the weekend, but will try and throw a note or two up should any news warrant it.

NEXT GROUP

We have a minimum of 12 shares left for the next claiming group to run at Hawthorne over the winter. Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you the specifics. It doesn't appear that we're going to get a third group going for Tampa, but we'll have to wait and see what events dictate.

1 comment:

PEM said...

Ted--I truly do not think 8 panels will ever be the correct distance ON THE WEEDS for that horse. IMHO a flat mile on the grass is ultimately a sprint--while I think that 7 or 7 1/2 on dirt is a route. Turf racing is probably my best betting angle in the game--and the differentiation from 1 mile to 1 1/16 to 1 1/8th is remarkable to us Ragozin devotees.

I would not hang my head too badly after that one-probaly sitting on a big effort-and you may have wittingly or unwittingly darkened his form where you could be sitting on a big score. You'll get some nice odds next time--I don't know what they write down there in Oklahoma-but 7f on the dirt is a choice spot for what I sometimes call "a faint hearted closer". If memory serves that critted ran OK at that distance under previous ownership.

Anyway-I would toss the last (I would not have bet him at a mile), hope he comes out healthy, and look for a real nice $pot for him......

Best,
PEM