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Ring Weekend stole the show at Tampa Bay when he won the Tampa Bay Derby (Photos by Eclipse Sportswire).

If Saturday felt like an amazing whirlwind of racing, that’s because it was. Let’s review some of the data that emerged from the big races stateside and then gander at the main final prep for the Dubai World Cup, the next port of call for the Jockey Club Tour on Fox!

Tampa Bay Derby

Ring Weekend was drawn inside, took full advantage of having the pole position for the shortest run of the Tampa Bay Derby, and was not for the catching. Jockey Daniel Centeno landed the big win, and an all-important 50 qualifying points towards a Kentucky Derby entry, with an enterprising ride.

Leading by just a long neck after the first quarter-mile, Ring Weekend was let out with a second quarter in 23.06 seconds. That time was 0.56 seconds faster than his opening quarter, and it also had the rest of the field off their feet. Three horses behind Ring Weekend ran second quarters in 23.49 seconds, and a fourth went in 23.55, more than two-fifths slower than Ring Weekend during that portion of the race. Eventual second-place finisher Vinceremos ran 0.60 seconds slower than Ring Weekend in the second quarter-mile.

Sixth-place finisher Cousin Stephen covered 56 feet more than Ring Weekend, and both horses averaged 37.3 mph for the duration of the race. Beaten six lengths, the extra ground covered by Cousin Stephen translates to about 6 ½ lengths.

Big ’Cap Day at Santa Anita

A furlong into the 77th running of the Santa Anita Handicap, one thing was clear – Game On Dude was not going to be covering any extra ground. Around the same time, Will Take Charge was nearly guaranteed a wide trip as jockey Luis Saez guided the 3-year-old champion off the rail and out to a clear position outside of Mucho Macho Man, where he would remain until that rival faded nearing the quarter pole.

At the finish line, Game On Dude held off Will Take Charge to win by 1 ¾ lengths. Over the course of the ten furlongs, though, Will Take Charge covered 41 feet more. That distance approximates to 4 ¾ lengths of extra ground traveled, three more than the margin of defeat. The data also reveals that Will Take Charge averaged 38.6 mph during the race, whereas Game On Dude went slightly slower, at 38.5 mph.

Earlier on the program, Winning Prize led throughout in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile, keeping Lochte from another upset and repelling a late rush by fellow Argentinian Suggestive Boy. That import covered 32 feet more than the aptly named winner, a distance that equals roughly 3 ¾ lengths at the finish. Their actual margin was just 1 ½ lengths. While Suggestive Boy came home quickest, the second-fastest finisher was sixth-place Lakerville, with a final quarter in 22.82 seconds, and a final eighth of a mile in 11.39.

WINNING PRIZE WON HIS SECOND RACE IN A ROW IN THE FRANK E. KILROE

WInning Prize

Sahara Sky flew home on the outside to take the San Carlos Stakes, his first win since the Met Mile last May. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee got the last eighth in a race best 11.77 seconds compared with fading front-runner and second-place finisher Big Macher, who managed the final grueling furlong in 12.38 seconds.

Diversy Harbor got a mention from us in our previous blog, highlighting her frenetic finish on debut when seemingly hopeless turning for home. The well-bred daughter of Curlin remained unbeaten, defeating 12 rivals in the China Doll Stakes, and rallying from well off the pace. Diversy Harbor’s final furlong was even quicker than her first start, when she raced on the 6 ½-furlong downhill turf course. Under Gary Stevens, the filly finished the China Doll with a last eighth in 11.16 seconds, 0.21 seconds faster than second-place finisher Nashoba’s Gold and 0.49 seconds faster than the next-fastest home. Bright future? Surely.

DIVERSY HARBOR AND GARY STEVENS AFTER THEIR CHINA DOLL WIN

Diversy Harbor

Dubai’s Super Saturday

The Jockey Club Tour on Fox continues on Saturday, March 29 when they bring you the Dubai World Cup. A fascinating card is in store as always, capped by the world’s richest race, run over 2,000 meters (about 1 ¼ miles). They ran the main local prep last Saturday and some intriguing data emerged. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum’s Prince Bishop found the right splits in the stretch and won the Maktoum Challenge – Round 3, his first Group 1 success. Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, it was a perfect ride from Kieren Fallon that put Prince Bishop over the top, notching his second consecutive score at Meydan.

What’s the catch? Prince Bishop covered the shortest trip in running, and a phalanx of pursuers at the finish endured some tougher goes. Runner-up Sanshaawes, trained by Mike de Kock, and third home Surfer, beaten 1 ¾ and two lengths, respectively, each covered 22 meters (about 8 ½ lengths) more than Prince Bishop. Both horses raced forward and were drawn in gates 13 and 14 for the race. Should either return for the Dubai World Cup with better post positions, watch out for an improved finish, especially as both are very likely to be longshots.

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Dentro del Viaje: Súper Sábado

Si el sábado se sintió como un asombroso torbellino de carreras, eso es porque en realidad así fue. Pasemos revista a la información que dejaron las grandes carreras de la nación y luego demos un vistazo a las preparatorias finales para la Dubai World Cup, la siguiente parada obligatoria en el Jockey Club Tour que emite Fox! 

Tampa Bay Derby

Ring Weekend salió sorteado por dentro, tomó total ventaja de la posición cercana al poste, para la más corta edición del Tampa Bay Derby, y es claro que no lo hacía para ser pillado. El jinete Daniel Centeno fue el dueño de este gran triunfo, y de todos esos importantes 50 puntos que califican hacia la inscripción en el Kentucky Derby, con una conducción llena de iniciativa.

Liderando la punta por solamente un pescuezo después del primer cuarto de milla,  Ring Weekend se escapó con un segundo cuarto en 23.06 segundos. Ese tiempo fue 0.56 segundos más rápido que el cuarto de apertura, y dejó también sin piernas al resto del lote. Tres caballos detrás de Ring Weekend corrieron el segundo cuarto  en 23.49 segundos, y un cuarto lo hizo en 23.55, más de dos-quintos más lento que Ring Weekend durante esa porción de la carrera. Vinceremos, el que ocuparía finalmente el segundo lugar, corrió 0.60 segundos más lento que Ring Weekend en el segundo cuarto de milla.

Cousin Stephen, que finalizó en sexto lugar, cubrió 56 pies más que Ring Weekend, y ambos caballos promediaron 37.3 mph mientras duró la carrera. Derrotado por seis cuerpos, el terreno extra cubierto por Cousin Stephen se traduce en unos 6 ½ cuerpos.

Big ’Cap Day en Santa Anita

Corrido el primer octavo de milla de la edición 77 del Santa Anita Handicap, una cosa estaba clara – Game On Dude no estaba yendo a darse ningún respiro. Al mismo tiempo, Will Take Charge tenía casi garantizado un recorrido abierto, ya que su jinete Luis Saez guió al campeón de tres años lejos de la baranda y buscando una posición por fuera de Mucho Macho Man, donde permanecería hasta que su rival se agotara acercándose al cuarto final.

Ya en la línea de llegada, Game On Dude contuvo a Will Take Charge para ganar por  1 cuerpo y ¾. Sin embargo, sobre el recorrido de los 1O furlones (2,010 metros aprox.) Will Take Charge cubrió 41 pies más. Esa distancia es aproximadamente 4 ¾ cuerpos de terreno extra, tres más del margen con que fue derrotado. La data también revela que Will Take Charge promedió 38.6 mph durante la carrera, en tanto que Game On Dude fue ligeramente más lento, a 38.5 mph.

Un poco más temprano en el programa, Winning Prize se vino de un aliento en el Frank E. Kilroe Mile, privando a Lochte de dar otra sorpresa y repeliendo la atropellada de su compañero argentino Suggestive Boy. Este importado cubrió 32 pies más que el correctamente nombrado ganador, una distancia equivalente a 3 ¾ aproximadamente, en la línea de sentencia. El margen real fue de sólo 1 ½ cuerpos. Mientras Suggestive Boy fue el atropellador más rápido, el segundo que remató más velozmente fue el sexto colocado Lakerville, con un cuarto final de 22.82 segundos, y un octavo final de milla en 11.39.

WINNING PRIZE GANÓ SU SEGUNDA CARRERA AL HILO EN EL FRANK E. KILROE WInning Prize

Sahara Sky voló hacia la meta por fuera, para capturar el San Carlos Stakes, su primer triunfo desde el Met Mile del pasado Mayo. El entrenado por Jerry Hollendorfer tramitó el último octavo de milla en los mejores 11.77 segundos de la carrera, comparados con los del declinante puntero y segundo puesto en la meta, Big Macher, quien recorrió el agotador furlón final en 12.38 segundos.

Diversy Harbor mereció una mención en nuestro anterior blog, destacando el frenético final de su debut, cuando prácticamente las anuló fugando hacia la meta. La muy bien criada hija de Curlin permaneció invicta, derrotando a 12 rivales en el China Doll Stakes, y corriendo de menos a más. El furlón final de Diversy Harbor fue incluso más rápido que en su primera carrera, cuando ella corrió 6 ½ furlones bajando la colina en el césped. Ahora con Gary Stevens, la potranca remató el China Doll con un último octavo en 11.16 segundos, 0.21 segundos más veloz que el segundo puesto en la carrera Nashoba’s Gold y 0.49 segundos más veloz que los restantes atropelladores. ¿Futuro brillante? Seguramente.

DIVERSY HARBOR Y GARY STEVENS DESPUÉS DE SU TRIUNFO EN EL CHINA DOLL

Diversy Harbor 

El Súper Sábado de Dubai

El Jockey Club Tour por Fox continúa el Sábado 29 de Marzo, cuando traiga el  Dubai World Cup. Un fascinante programa está en vitrina como siempre, engalanado por la carrera mejor premiada en el mundo, que se corre sobre 2,000 metros (aprox.  1 ¼ de milla). Ellos corrieron la principal preparatoria local el pasado sábado y surgió una que otra información interesante. De propiedad del Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum, Prince Bishop encontró los parciales precisos en la recta final y ganó el Maktoum Challenge – Ronda 3, su primer triunfo de Grupo 1. Entrenado por Saeed bin Suroor, fue una perfecta conducción de Kieren Fallon que puso a Prince Bishop por encima de todos, anotándose su segundo triunfo consecutivo en Meydan.

Cuál es la trampita? Prince Bishop cubrió el recorrido más corto de su campaña, y una falange de perseguidores sobrevivieron a condiciones mucho más duras que él.  Sanshaawes, placé de la carrera y entrenado por Mike de Kock, y el tercero en la meta, Surfer, batidos 1 ¾ y dos cuerpos respectivamente, cubrieron 22 metros (aprox.  8 ½ cuerpos) más que Prince Bishop. Ambos caballos corrieron adelante y salieron de las celdas 13 y 14 en la carrera. Cualquiera de ellos debe retornar para la Dubai World Cup con mejores posiciones de partida, ténganlos en cuenta para un mucho mejor final, especialmente si ambos serán muy probablemente opciones secundarias.

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Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings is the Director of Racing Information for Trakus. Based in Boston, Mass., Trakus provides full-field in-race tracking, instantaneous motion graphics, and real-time information to racetrack operators worldwide. Trakus is currently installed at racetracks in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Data analysis from Trakus appears on Twitter regularly @TrakusRacing.

Cummings also serves as the editor of DubaiRaceNight.com, a comprehensive website covering racing in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. He has covered the Dubai World Cup on site each year since 2007 and provides selections for the entire season of racing in the United Arab Emirates and full-card analysis for all racing at Meydan. He also is the North American correspondent for Al Adiyat, a Dubai-based weekly racing publication.

Prior to joining Trakus, he worked for seven years in the financial services industry, and has served the racing industry in various capacities since 1999.  Pat was the backup announcer at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing) from 1999 to 2009, and also has called cards at Atlantic City Race Course, Louisiana Downs, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, and Monmouth Park.

A member of the Turf Publicists of America, Pat earned his MBA from Baylor University in Texas and a BA from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

 

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Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings is the Director of Racing Information for Trakus. Based in Boston, Mass., Trakus provides full-field in-race tracking, instantaneous motion graphics, and real-time information to racetrack operators worldwide. Trakus is currently installed at racetracks in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Data analysis from Trakus appears on Twitter regularly @TrakusRacing.

Cummings also serves as the editor of DubaiRaceNight.com, a comprehensive website covering racing in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. He has covered the Dubai World Cup on site each year since 2007 and provides selections for the entire season of racing in the United Arab Emirates and full-card analysis for all racing at Meydan. He also is the North American correspondent for Al Adiyat, a Dubai-based weekly racing publication.

Prior to joining Trakus, he worked for seven years in the financial services industry, and has served the racing industry in various capacities since 1999.  Pat was the backup announcer at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing) from 1999 to 2009, and also has called cards at Atlantic City Race Course, Louisiana Downs, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, and Monmouth Park.

A member of the Turf Publicists of America, Pat earned his MBA from Baylor University in Texas and a BA from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

 

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