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Sometimes horse racing can be as easy as it seems.

When Hurricane Girl made her turf debut on Dec. 21 at Gulfstream Park there were no guarantees that she would handle a new surface. A front-running 1 ¾-length victory in a 5-furlong sprint put those doubts to rest.

Claimed out of that race for $40,000 by trainer Robert Dibona, Hurricane Girl returned to the races on Jan. 18, running for the same claiming tag at the same distance on the same surface.

Easy?

Pretty much. The only differences were a larger margin of victory (2 ¼ lengths) and a smaller mutual payoff ($3.80 as opposed to $5 the last time.).

A lone reason for concern might have been a bump in weight carried from 116 pounds to 123, yet even that was not enough to slow down Hurricane Girl. The outstanding – and rather obvious - form evident in her past performances was the real deal.

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The lesson: Dibona played the claiming game perfectly. Keeping Hurricane Girl at the same claiming level after a win did not indicate dissatisfaction with the new acquisition. He was merely looking for a quick dividend. He kept Hurricane Girl at a winning level, was rewarded with $20,400 in purse money and even got to keep the horse when no one put it a claim. For bettors, it was a reminder that sometimes suspicions should not be allowed to run amok. History can indeed repeat itself - even when it seems too obvious to be true.

 

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Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

Image Description

Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

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