Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tabby Takes on 10 Other in Seasonal Debut

As we head into the first start for the stable in 2011, I really don’t know what to expect from Tabby Lane (ridden Saturday by regular rider Dean Butler). Her race is an $8,000 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt at Tampa Bay Downs. I have an inkling that she probably needs a race in her after four months off, but she’s so mellow in the stable area it’s hard to tell if she’s raring to go or indifferent. She’s been training just fine, but nothing spectacular. Another instance in which her having the ability to chat would be invaluable.

Here is the field:

1. J’s Mary Jane: Been moving up in class the last two tries for no apparent reason since she hasn’t been winning. Hard run 2010 campaign with 18 starts and no break but finishing in the money in over half her starts.

2. Ruby Lipstick: Coming off an easy win at $8,000 last out in a non-winners of 3 condition after a layoff of three months. Not a quick race, but a win is a win.

3. Graemy: Dropping was down after a couple of poor efforts at $32,000 and $20,000 coming after a five month layoff. Hasn’t won since 2009, but running way above these SCRATCHED


5. Bobby’s Bell: Coming in off back to back wins in $5000 races. Definitely stepping up here but she has winning on her mind.

6. Busy Bev: Winner of three straight and first off the claim for trainer Jamie Ness (31%) who is a staggering 50 of 70 in the money this season. Two wins back beat a field of $10,000 claimers at Laurel.

7. Pristeen Queen: Another looking for her third straight win. Last two were easy wins at $5,000. Last race Beyer of 70 is the best of the group.

8. Indian Sky: Been horrible at Tampa since returning from an extended break but those were at $16,000 and $32,000. Big drop to take on these.

9. Cocktail Music: Competitive this level. Lost to Busy Bev last out.

10. Go ‘Xango: Moving up from $5,000, though was more competitive in last than first two back at Tampa. Maybe too much for her. SCRATCHED

11. Stormy Delivery: Winner last out at $10,000 at 12-1. Doesn’t look like this distance is her specialty.

I’d love to tell you that I feel great about this race, but I don’t. Now I don’t feel bad about it either – we simply do not know what to expect from our gal. If she reverts to her Tampa form from last year, she could really make some noise with these. Whether she will or not remains to be seen.

1 comment:

Valerie Grash said...

Ted, to my eyes, that looked like a great effort by Tabby. Getting bumped out of the gate, then in last place, but moved up along the rail, with a wall of horses in front, having to go wide around the final turn. Still running good to finish fourth. Cheers!