Horse Racing Plays by Earl – January 18, 2020

by Earl Campbell | January 18, 2020 |

Aqueduct

Race 8 – #8 Mind Control – Fresh off a win from August in the H. Allen Jerkins Stakes at Laurel Park, this 4-year old colt set career numbers in that race, which was a Grade 1 Stakes.  He may have taken some time off but horses of this caliber are fine with taking off time. He posted a very strong workout on January 11, last week, where he was 4th among 111 horses that worked out that day at 4F at :48.01.  See no reason why this horse can’t dominate this field off class alone. 

Gulfstream Park

Race 10 – #2 Curlin’s Honor – The 5-year old son of Curlin, enters this race off back-to-back wins at Aqueduct and Woodbine, and now tries his luck at Gulfstream. He ran career best numbers last time out and has since followed that up with very impressive workouts. Expect nothing less than a winners circle appearance for this one on Saturday.

Fair Grounds

Race 4 – #1 Chestertown – $2 million dollar colt that broke his maiden last time out.  He now has 1 win and 1 show finish in 2 career races. Asmussan gives the mount to Santana and expecting nothing less than a win here. 

Race 12 – #2 Pass The Plate – We should get really strong odds on this horse for the amount of talent this one has.  She has posted back-to-back wins and has now won in 2 of 3 lifetime races. She isn’t gaining the attention she should, mainly because of Steve Asmussan’s horse in this race, Finite. Bottom line, this horse has the ability to beat any horse in this race and at 8/1, is definitely worth a look. 

Race 13 – #7 Halo Again – This 3-year old has won both of his career races and is one of Steve Asmussan’s top prospects.  Broke his maiden in his debut at Churchill Downs and returned to win the Coronation Futurity at Woodbine.  He now returns with about a month and a half of rest and several decent workouts. His odds are absolutely incredible for a horse of his caliber.  

Laurel Park 

Race 1 – #5 Zig – Dale Capuano has this 4-year old filly peaked at the right time and ready to break her maiden. She has run 8 times, all of which have been over this Laurel Park surface, and appears to be the lone speed of the race. If she can get out on the front, with an aggressive ride by Jockey Avery Whisman, then she should be able to wire the field. Her most recent workouts tell us that she is beyond ready to break the maiden! 

Race 6 – #6 Tiz He The One – Linda Rice trains this 6-year old gelding, who is fresh off a 3.5 month layoff following a stakes win here at Laurel.  Rice has this horse primed right now and should easily serve as the one to beat here. 

Race 8 – #6 Benintendi – Brittany Russell sends this 4-year old out into this allowance with her husband Sheldon Russell up in the irons.  This horse has only run 2 times in his career, has a win and a 2nd place showing, both at Laurel. This one has been working out very strong and we are expecting another very strong day for the lightly raced gelding. 

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