Curly no match for an Orientate Express


Curly was devoid of early speed, spending the early part of the race hanging out in the back of pack (strangely enough with Curly Cameli). But, he did make a nice middle move, passing a few before tiring.  He ended up 7th at the finish.  It will be interesting to see where he runs next, since Saturday was Oaklawn's closing day. 

The winner was Orientate Express who made an early move, got over the rail and held off Castillo Del Sol who closed nicely for 2nd.  Hollywood Handsome ran evenly to finish third.

Anyone else see the race differently?  I would love to hear what you thought.

Result: April 12, 2008 

Oaklawn Race 6

Orientate Express $5.00
Castillo Del Sol  
Hollywood Handsome    

Equibase Chart

2-Year Old Works

Returning to the WorkTab (horses previously mentioned in this blog)

Renda (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Ten Carats by Capote mare) worked 3 furlongs from the gate at Calder on 4/12 recording a time of :38.40.

Working 4 furlongs at Keeneland on 4/12 was Medaglia d'Onore (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Always Ready by Dixieland Band).

At Fenway, (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Dancey Kate by Danzig) worked on 4/12 at San Luis Rey recording a time of :35.20 for 3 furlongs.

On 4/14, we had coast to coast coverage as three horses worked 3 furlongs: Pearl of Valor (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Madeira by Black Tie Affair) went in 39.40 at Churchill Downs, One Perfect Karat (filly; Pleasantly Perfect - Golden Fanfare by Seeking the Gold) recorded a time of :36.80 at Santa Anita, and Medaglia (filly; Medaglia d'Oro -  Lampasas by Devil's Bag) went in :36.74 at Belmont Park.

New to this blog

At Evangeline Training Center, Zigaree (colt; Congaree - Zigabout by Danzig) worked 2 furlongs in :23.60 on 4/12. Zigabout was unraced, but she is the dam of 5 winners one of which was a 2-year old debut winner.


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Northern Trader

Curly ran okay especially for a first time starter.  He did gain on the leaders which is always a good sign.  If they keep him at this level, I'm guessing it will take 4 or 5 starts to win.  It will be interesting to see where they go next with him.  I doubt that anyone would claim him if they drop him in for MdnClm50,000 or higher.  

15 Apr 2008 7:31 PM
Blood-Horse Staff

Northern Trader - Thanks for your comments.  Interesting observation about dropping him down a level. It certainly would help his confidence and it is doubtful anyone would claim him. What do you think about trying him at a mile?  

15 Apr 2008 7:48 PM
Northern Trader

What this horse needs is more speed in my opinion so I think 1 Mile would be a good idea.  I would've given him a couple of races at 6 furlongs just to put some speed in to him and then sent him long.  They seem to be taking the long way to get him ready to run a distance of ground.    

15 Apr 2008 11:12 PM

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