Saturday, September 13, 2008

Remington Starter Handicap Turf Series #2

That's the official name of the 5th race on the card tomorrow and it's where Fizzy Pop will make his Oklahoma debut. The race is slated for a mile on the turf and the remnants of Ike should have cleared out by then, but there is a still a good chance the the soaking rain over the last day and a half will put this on the main track. The way Fizzy has been working over the main track, I feel pretty good about our chances either way - though it is going to very hard to stop stablemate and Morning Line favorite Heza Wild Guy.

Here is what we are facing in post position order:

1 - Super Fluke: should he win, it would be a super fluke.

2 - Heza Wild Guy: His first race here in OK was a win over the turf course in a $35,000 claiming race that earned him a 90 Beyer. He also won the AJ Foyt Stakes in Indiana as well as hitting the board in a stakes at Canterbury and high level Canterbury allowance. Most definitely the one to beat, though he has thrown in some clunkers in the past, he'll have to throw one here to get beat. Probably will set the pace.

3 - Pass the Biscuits: After spending a substantial amount of time away, running twice in May, then off again until an unimpressive return in August, Biscuits is either sitting on a big one or his connections are living in the past.

4 - Editor's Cat: Claimed for $20,000 in November 2007, the Cat has been on the shelf until late August when he finished 5th at this level in an even effort. If he runs back to form, he could be dangerous. He likes to run close up to the pace.

5 - Selecto: Big step up here from $5000 claiming company where he was picked up at Will Rogers Downs. Will take a mighty effort here.

6 - Que Paso: An intriguing horse. He has three straight wins at $10,000, $15,000 (claimed) and $18,000. His Beyers have been in the 80's, though his first here at Remington was mid-70's. Definitely a threat of his improvement continues.

7 - FIZZY POP: If Fizzy runs back to his 80 Beyers he'll be right in this. Fizzy will be flying late with Que Paso - hopefully ahead of him! It'll be tough to overtake his stablemate, but he'll be trying!

8- Joe Peak: Both Joe and Hard Rockin Robyn on the outside come into this one after finishing behind Fizzy stablemate Onotheregoestokyo at this level last out. Joe was moving up at the wire and will have some extra room to close tomorrow.

9 - Hard Rockin Robyn: With three solid seconds the last four times out, he'll be tough. Losing to 'tokyo and Claiming Crown Winner Eagle Storm is no shame. In fact his only disappointing race was his Claiming Crown race. A real danger on the dirt.

So this is a real tough race. Beating Heza Wild Guy will be tough enough, but there are a lot of unknowns and not a ton of early speed in here. Fizzy will need one of his best to win, but hopefully worst case we'll hit the board and cash a check. I'll know around 1:45 Pacific Time tomorrow.

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