New rider, no blinkers, no idea. In a nutshell, that’s what I’m thinking about Tabby Lane this afternoon at Tampa Bay Downs. She’s going seven furlongs in a $5,000 conditioned claiming race for horses that haven’t won a race in six months. As you would expect, it’s not the most decorated field that we’ve ever seen but let’s get right to them.
Beautiful Insight (Amiss) – Been respectable the last few times out with a steadily closing third last out going 6.5. The extra distance may help, though it didn’t two back.
Asteria Meadow (Allen) – Cuts back to the seven furlong distance which was where her best performance of the season has been.
Pyrite Ore (Clemente) – Hasn’t been closer than 17 back in her last two. New rider hoping for a change in fortune. I can certainly understand that.
Go ‘Xango (Mata) – Double digit length losses in virtually every race but one this season. Not that I’m being overly critical…glass houses and all.
TABBY LANE (GONZALEZ)
Lady Samala (Quinones) – A brief refresher and a drop in class should help her today.
Mother’s Eyes (Cotto) – Seems that she slowly improves her position, though that position is never very close. Don’t know if they ever tried her long, but seems like that might suite her best.
What A Pal (Villa-Gomez) – Your probable post time favorite she has been tantalizingly close recently that her connections have to be tasting that next win.
Kathy’s Angel (Santos) – Second race of the year after a very long layoff and first back again after an immediate short break. Makes you wonder a bit about her condition, though she did throw out a bullet work last week.
Lotta TLC (Guerra) – First start of 2011 after a very nice string of 2 wins and a total of 12 in the money finishes out of 14 starts in 2010 in New York. Might not be enough distance for her and her barn only is shooting 8% after a layoff, though profitable.
Stormy Deeds (Allen, R.) – Hasn’t been able to hit the board since returning after taking off over a year at the lowest levels.
I have no idea what Tabby’s chances are in here. Her morning line odds are a fair 10-1. I can’t argue with anyone who would writer her off. Her Beyers have been steadily declining and her last two losses have been by double digit lengths. She continues to be diligent in her work in the mornings, going to the track willingly, recovering nicely and showing no signs of any physical discomfort whatsoever either by site, touch or scope. She’ll have the feel of a different rider on her back and we’ll open up the track for her by taking the blinkers off and letting her see what’s around her. Bernell Rhone has trained her up to the race a bit differently and all these add up to an effort to shake her up a bit and get her heading in the right direction. We’ll see this afternoon.