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Some horses must be camera shy. They want nothing to do with a winner’s circle photo, preferring to finish second or third on a regular basis.

For the longest time, Knock Rock was one of those horses.

In his first 22 starts, he won only once. Then on Feb. 8 at Gulfstream Park, something strange happened. Not only did Knock Rock win, he won powerfully. He notched a six-length victory in a $25,000 claimer, a far cry from his half-length win in his maiden win some eight races earlier in his career.

Claimed by trainer Agustin Bezara out of that victory, Knock Rock returned to the races March 3 for the same $25,000 claiming tag, though he was now in non-winners-of-three races company. The betting public took a mild interest, setting the odds at 9-2 that Knock Rock, who had finished third eight times in his career, could actually put together a winning streak.

As it turns out, a light did indeed go on when Knock Rock won on Feb. 8. Everything apparently fell into place for him that day, with the margin of victory indicating a new-found interest in outrunning horses rather than following them.

For those who believed that Knock Rock had finally put aside his aversion to winning, the reward was a determined half-length win and an $11.40 win payoff and $281.80 for those who used 40-1 shot Crown Polis – or hit the All button – underneath him in the exacta.

The lesson: Sometimes all it takes is one strong effort to snap a horse of its doldrums and turn a perpetual bridesmaid into a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills.

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En Español

Translated by Anthony Gutierrez, Edited by Jose Acevedo

Tip de Apuesta de la semana: Ahora lo entiendo.

Algunos caballos son tímidos en frente de la cámaras . No quieren tener nada que ver con una foto en el círculo de ganadores, prefiriendo terminar segundo o tercero sobre un lote regular.

Durante mucho tiempo, Knock Rock fue uno de esos caballos. En sus primeras 22 aperturas, ganó sólo una vez. Luego, el 8 de Febrero en el hipódromo Gulfstream Park, algo extraño sucedió. No sólo Knock Rock ganó, si no que ganó poderosamente. Él se anotó una victoria de seis cuerpos en una carrera reclamativa de $25,000, una victoria lejana a su primera victoria en la que gano por medio cuerpo unas ocho carreras previas a esta.

Después de dicha victoria, fue reclamado por el entrenador Agustín Bezera. Knock Rock regresó a las carreras el 3 de Marzo por la misma etiqueta de $25,000, aunque ahora estaba en el lote de ganadores de dos carreras. El público apostador tomó un interés moderado, estableciendo las probabilidadesde 9-2 para Knock Rock, quien había terminado tercero en ocho ocasiones durante su carrera, en realidad podría ser el comienzo de una racha ganadora.

Al final resultó que, efectivamente, una luz se encendió cuando Knock Rock ganó el 8 de Febrero. Todo aparentemente estaba en su lugar para él ese día. Con la victoria, indicaba que el nuevo interés del caballo era sobrepasar a los demás caballos, en lugar de seguirlos.

Para aquellos quiénes creyeron que Knock Rock finalmente había dejado a un lado su aversión a ganar, su recompensa fue una victoria determinada por medio cuerpo  pagando $11.40 a ganador y $281.80 para los que utilizaron al 40-1 Crown Polisdebako en la exacta.

La Lección: a veces lo único que se necesita es un gran esfuerzo para romper con el estancamiento de un caballo y convertir una dama de honor perpetua en una ama de casa real de Beverly Hills.

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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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