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Double the Energy is a 4-year-old filly who possesses enough versatility to handle both turf and dirt. Distance is her Achilles’ Heel. She’s quite effective at the 5-6 furlong range. So when trainer Linda Rice entered her in a seven-furlong stakes race on dirt Nov. 2 at Aqueduct, it was too tough of an assignment for the daughter of Unbridled Energy – as reflected in a 19-length loss.

Rice got it right in Double the Energy’s next race, when, after a brief freshening and trip south to Florida, she entered the filly in a five-furlong turf sprint at Gulfstream on Dec. 27. The result: A $31 payoff for players who had faith that Double the Energy would rebound when returned to her preferred distance and surface.

The lesson: Don’t place too much emphasis on a race in which a horse is being to do something beyond its customary scope. There can often be a nice reward for being forgiving.

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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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