Monday, October 5, 2009

I Am Woman at Monticello; Fizzy 4th for New Connections

I Am Woman is back to Monticello from Saratoga in what normally would be considered a good spot for her after that last outing. If you recall she was trapped in the back of the field in her last and was stuck three wide through almost the entire last quarter while picking up horses and finishing a strong fourth. All we wanted was to get a race back and move inside. Well, it took a few weeks and we didn't get moved inside at all - we drew the 8 hole again!

The race will be the 12th of the day and the conditions are non-winners of 2 races, but no more than 4 for fillies and mares. Like I mentioned, she drew the outside. Let's take a look at on her inside:

1 - No Limit Lady (Poynton): Shifting inside for the first time in a long time, she had a nice run two back, but her last was uninspiring.

2 - JL Lucy (Aldrich, Jr.): Been a while since she's been competitive but a return to form could bring her a piece.

3 - PH Quick Chick (Marohn, Jr.): First trip over the strip after coming in from Yonkers was flat. Should be some improvement this week. ML favorite.

4 - Bryn-Zion's Girl (Marohn, Sr.): Has had a tough last few months. Not a real chance in here.

5 - Fun Four Everyone (Micallef): Tough one last out, but has been right in there every week. Could be the one to beat.

6 - Celeriter (Benedetto): Best puts her right in this group.

7 - Biding Her Time (Parker, Jr.): Tends to run hot and cold. Hot here and she's a winner.

8 - I AM WOMAN (Merton)

Since the end of August, our gal has performed admirably. She destroyed her field in her qualifier and paced a solid fourth last out. I'm not asking for the rail, but would the four hole have been too much to ask? I don't think she can necessarily beat this group from the outside. She'll need some real help from the racing Gods. If she can get into a good position early so she doesn't get shuffled back, we could be in a really nice spot. But that is going to be tough to do on a half mile track out of the eight spot. In reality, I'm hoping for a win, but really expecting another strong effort and top four finish.


Fizzy's race was taken off the turf and he raced over a sloppy main track finishing fourth of the six remaining horses in the race. The chart says he "never menaced" and that was true watching the race. He just ran around the track. This really didn't surprise me as Fizzy has always hated really sloppy tracks. Wet fast and he's OK, a real mess and that's another story. I would have asked Bernell to scratch out of the race if he were still ours because I would have seen this as a waste of a race considering his dislike for this type of surface. In the end, I just hope that he came back well.

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