I’ve been off for a while, and it’s good to get back on the old typewriter again to cover a new home residency for all my stables. Since the switch, my breedings have started showing promise. A big thanks to URC and Chris for showing me what I was missing in the game.
This tough field of 8 is looking sharp from the fences here in NY, and there’s 2 fillies that are going to try to steal the win here on Saturday. Here’s the way I see it.
New York (NY)
Saturday August 24, 2019
UNIVERSAL TRAVERS STAKES
Purse $100,000 10F
1. WEST CHROME (18-1)
CALIFORNIA CHROME X GONE WEST X SADLER’S WELLS
This well bred Colt is looking at making a transition from allowance to stakes here. He does have a nice last couple of SP’s, but it’ll be tough for him in this group. Keep your eyes on this fellow, I think we’ll see more of him down the road.
2. RUN GHARBY RUN (8-1)
GHARBY X RUNAWAY GROOM X NORTHFIELDS
This colt is looking sweet as he’s progressing on Turf. cracking a 100 SP in his last outing, surely a stakes race fits, but this is a dirt race, and this horse shows nothing in his previous starts, so for me to say this horse can do anything, would at best be a guess. Only time can tell how he’ll handle the change in surface, but good luck with the switch.
3. KYMARC BERKELIUM (5-1)
SQUIRTLE SQUIRT X MEDAGLIA D’ORO X A.P. INDY
Beautiful brown Filly that broke a 103 SP in her last outing, coming 2nd over 8F. This filly looks to stretch out to 10F here, and it wouldn’t surprise me 1 bit to see this filly steal the show from the boys here. Deeply bred to speed and route will make it tough for any young colt here.
4. CALLIXTUS (5-1)
SUPER SAVER X UNBRIDLED X CARSON CITY
This colt came up just a bit short in his last race, while still gathering a 101 SP. The extra 2 F should definitely help this well bred colt to get there this time out. He will have to battle with the #3, and others though, as this field is looking fairly competitive amongst the top 5. Nice to see a Super Saver Colt! 5 in a row is cool, even though 4 were hot races.
5. PIRATE MASTERS (5-1)
MASTERY X A.P. INDY X SADLER’S WELLS
Nailing a 105 SP in her last allowance race makes me think this filly is going to be a very tough cookie to crumble. Her mare is a Graded stakes placer, and if she is sharp, will also be giving the boys a tough time here, just as she did in her last allowance race with the boys. Top prospect here.
6. DECKON THAR (4-1)
ARROGATE X MINESHAFT X STORM CAT
Winner of the URC Preakness this year, this colt could be the 1 that stops the filly invasion here. 107 SP in the URC Preakness, but didn’t do so well in his last outing in a G2. Easier competition here will be key to bounce this horse back to the graded races. Favorite.
7. TO THE SHIRE WE GO (5-1)
FLINTSHIRE X PEINTRE CELEBRE X A.P. INDY
This strangely bred gelding is having success on both Turf and Dirt, lately gathering a 103 in his last allowance race, and is another 1 that has everything looking forwardly coming in to this race. I am intrigued myself to see if the original switch to dirt was just a 1 off, or if he is a genuinely a double surface racer.
8. GIANT KING (5-2)
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY X KINGMAMBO X GONE WEST
With a 111 SP in his last outing, this horse is a complete bullet at 8.5F on Turf. Breaking it’s Maiden on Dirt assures this colt can handle the surface, but I don’t like his odds, seeings how this is 10F race. I think others will be chasing him down before 10F.
Overall, I think the 2 Fillies have a real shot here,
My Picks, 5-6-3-4 $20 WPS #5
Good Luck to all the URC Members in the race here today, none of mine fit the class just yet, so you all get a reprieve from me here, but I’ll be watching closely…lol Enjoy the race!!