Find A Horse That Loves The Distance

I try to find horses that love the distance they are running at today. Sometimes you can catch a price on these types of horses if they are switching from an unsuitable distance or surface and returning to their preferred distance.

a 5yo gelding was such a horse on Sunday, Jun, 30th. His last race was at a mile which probably did not suit him and it was on grass a surface that he had never been on before.

He was backed down to 5-1 and ran a very dull race. Today he was switching back to his preferred 6f distance. The kicker for me was that he is a was a perfect 10 for 10 in the money at 6f. His form had tailed off a bit in his last few 6f events but he continued to battle on gamely and in every instance held a pretty clear margin for 3rd.

This is an example of a gutsy little horse who will almost always give his best and be there somewhere in the finish. In other words a pretty clear banker horse in the race. He went off at 4-1 in the race and after battling 3 abreast on the turn (a tough trip at churchill).

Was no match for the winner but once again held a clear margin for 3rd.

What was a bit surprising is that he returned a generous $4.80 to show in a 6 horse field. What is also interesting is that if you look at his last 4 sprint races, he finished 3rd in every start. That makes it 5 sprint starts in a row where he finished 3rd and now 11 for 11 in the money at 6f. In other words his finish was very predictable this afternoon. 


9th race - Churchill Downs - June 30, 2002
  Off at: 5:21   Race Type: Allowance
  Age Restriction: Three Year Old and Upward
  Value of Race: $54,625
  Distance: Six Furlongs
  Surface Type: Dirt Track Condition: Fast
  Winning Time: 1:09.53
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
6 Big Bad George Jon Kenton Court 9.80 5.00 5.60
3 Two Punch Sonny Eddie Zuniga   7.00 6.00
4 Bidis Robby Albarado     4.80
Also ran: 5 - Beverly Greedy , 2 - J D's Diamond , 1 - Bet Me Best
Scratched horses: Distinctive Mr. B
Wager Type Winning Numbers Payoff
$1 Pick 3 8-6-6 (3 correct) 105.40
$2 Exacta 6-3 43.40
$2 Trifecta 6-3-4 216.00
Winning Breeder: James T. Hines Jr.
Winning Owner: James T. Hines, Jr.
Winning Trainer: Robert E. Holthus

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