Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I Am Woman - 4th Again

I Am Woman had a bit of a difficult trip yesterday afternoon and finished fourth in her non-winner of three conditioned pace at Monticello. As feared, she was shuffled back to fourth early and at each opportunity to pull and make a run she was blocked on the outside by a fading horse or by a stalling filly to her front. Heading into the stretch she finally popped free but was too far back to rally.

In a punch to the gut, while she passed several in the lane, she was nosed out by a hard closing SK Stu Peru for 3rd. Sure, it's only a 4% difference in purse money, but it would have got her close to breaking even for the month. Hopefully she gets back in Monday and we get one last shot at August.

It's hard to evaluate a race like this one, but our gal seems to get the worst of it every time out. I don't know what level the folks at VIP are looking at next, but she may be OK in here one more time. A second and a fourth is not being totally outclassed, but it would not break my heart to drop her into a claiming race either.

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