Equinics – The Ray of Pye

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Feb 232018
 

The Ray of Pye is for four year olds and up to be contested at nine furlongs over the immaculately manicured South Korean turf course.  It honors the great Hall of Famer who was campaigned by a teenage Tyedye.  Horse and trainer were eerily similar.  Brilliant, untamed and erratic.  Andrew raced his Rahy colt early and often.  Ray of Pye proved to be not only sinfully fast, but extremely versatile in terms of both distance and surface.  His five Grade One victories were earned from seven furlongs on the turf to nine furlongs on dirt.  He made a million dollars racing on the main course and three times that on the grass. Hats off to Ray of Pye and Tyedye!
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Here are the contestants for The Ray of Pye from the hedge on out:
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Universal Racing Club is well represented by multimillionaire Salt of the Turf.  The bad news is that Durkastan’s King Kamehameha colt is riding a seven race losing streak.  The good news is that Salt has a ton of back class having won two G-1s, a pair of G-2s and a G-3.  In addition, his last turf start two back was a very sharp second in the G-1 Parking Ticket, a race he won in 2016.  Looking to grab a medal and improve on his 4th place finish during the Summer Games in Rio.  Big money rider in NBonus.
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Ya Jackwagon carries the Blazing Saddles banner into combat.  Skunk’s Lonhro five year old has won three of his last four starts.  Among those wins was a G-1 tally, two races back, in Victoria’s The McKinnon.  Veteran conditioner knows all the tricks in the book and will undoubtedly have the second betting choice (5-1) ready for a top effort. 
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Third in the gate will be the Minnesota Testbarn representative.  Johnny Biggs is as honest as they come.  Thirteen starts, ten wins including his last five straight.  Granted, crushing claimers, starter allowances and local breds is a far cry from Grade 1 success.  But Kingranch’s Big Brown colt cannot read the tote board (41-1).  All he does is run as fast as he needs to in order to win.  Produced a personal best 112 SP in winning a stake at 16-1 last time out.  Needs a big step forward. 
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CVBear will send out his homebred Houlihan for Megalopolis Racing Circuit.  Houlihan is by Shamardal out of the promising young broodmare Ballinora (Dubawi x Theatrical).  Bear’s five year old is a multiple graded winner of over half a million dollars and shows speed figures as high as 117.  Should be competitive if he brings his “A” game.
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Empire State Racing’s leading trainer for 2017 was Cadet.  So it is fitting that Mohegan Sun Cadet should represent ESR in the Ray of Pye.  The six year old son of Sea The Stars and Robby’s fine Giant’s Causeway broodmare Uncas Ruckus will be trying to end a three race losing streak.  It should be noted that MSC was riding a three race losing streak when he won the Breeders’ Bowl Mile in 2016.  Connections are very high on his chances this week.
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Reasonable Sanity is a graded winning half millionaire from the barn of veteran trainer Smokeglack.  The flashy bay son of Smart Strike prepped with a HOT race romp at nine panels right here in South Korea.  If the All-Stars Racing rep is going to medal, Smoke will need to reach pretty deep into his bag of tricks.  Pretty nice horse in a most difficult spot. 
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Concejal’s two victories came in a maiden allowance and a HOT race.  On the plus side, he is quite well bred (Sea The Stars x Danehill x Alydar), trained by high percentage conditioner Pato for Hispano Parlante, and posted an eye popping 115 speed figure last time out winning that HOT race prep against a bunch of stable mates.  Facing an uphill task.
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Although he has yet to win a stake, H Q Racing’s Im A Stranger Here is knocking on the door.  Last time out, Phenomanaz‘  lightning quick son of Leading The Parade set wicked splits before giving way very late to the well intended Take Care of Me in Victoria’s Grade 2 Railweigh.  His 119 speed figure compares favorably to many of his compatriots.  In the hunt. 
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Kymar’reilly seeks gold for the Midas folks.  Tulloch has prepped his Aljabr gray with a trio of graded races.  Considering the fact hat he has yet to win a stake of any kind, three straight third place finishes in graded company is not too shabby.  Showed in the G-1 Jolly Summer last time out behind Given’s standout Here to Forever.  Another time, another place.
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Lenny has the top qualifier by far in Drakon’s Bazooka. Assured a future in the Hall of Fame already, Ryan’s rangy Exceed And Excel colt is closing in on ten million dollars in career earnings.  The G R Simsters’ representative has won five consecutive G-1 races using his lethal stalk and pounce tactics.  Speed numbers are unworldly.  Shipped in early to assure his acclimatization, Drakon’s Bazooka has been prepping for his 2018 debut with a series of steady works.  Fired a bullet :57.33 geared down the last seventy yards on Monday.   Simply too fast for these if the real Drakon’s Bazooka shows up.
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Just a neck shy of three straight graded wins.  That’s the story on EWC stalwart Take Care of Me.  Trainer Atthewire claimed the son of Medicean for $100K last March.   The change of scenery helped big time.  Take Care of Me consistently shows lines that would put him squarely in the picture.  This is a high speed horse who can carry that speed a long way.  Dangerous with the right setup.
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Seize The Carp is the longshot at 88-1.  6ward3 trains for Northwest Racing Circuit.  The son of Carpe Diem is a bit slower than the foes he will face on Saturday.  Would require a number of things to go his way.
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Post hoc, ergo propter hoc?  Cause and effect?  Your guess is as good as mine.  All we know is that since Ichiba was gelded, he has become a world class terror.  Dixiedotco’s Deep Impact gelding was obviously meant to be a good one.  His mom, Mercato (Dubawi), was a sensational graded winner of over $700,000.  All of her babies are runners.  So, perhaps, all Ichiba needed was a little more time.  Moot point now.  Vermont’s favorite son is on the prowl and looking to medal for the folks back home.  
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Rounding out our field is Elite Racing Club’s Major DansiliJbcri and his gang of rowdies escaped from Purgatory about five years ago and took The Promised Land by storm.  They ask no quarter and give none.  Major Dansili is seeking redemption for a sub par effort two years ago in Rio.  Since then, he has won a pair of graded events and popped a 121 speed figure.  Your call.

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  2 Responses to “Equinics – The Ray of Pye”

  1. Hooray, Bill!

  2. Excellent write up and well worth the wait, I am looking forward to my rematch against Take Care Of Me. My horse ran his eyeballs off and he still got me in last. Can we beat the Dragon though ?