TORONTO, November 20, 2018 – Each week, track announcer Robert Geller comments on some of the performances that caught his eye, highlighting horses to key in on for upcoming races at Woodbine.
EVENT HORIZON (November 9 – Race 4, No. 7, 5th)
A lower claiming runner to keep an eye out for is Event Horizon, who weakened to finish fifth in her latest try at 1-1/16 miles after battling for the lead before the turn. Steadied after the break, Event Horizon circled the field four-deep and commenced a sustained run midway up the backstretch. Given the wide trip and early move, it was no surprise to see her fade over the final 1/16 miles. It is never possible to approach’ non-winners of two’ races with much confidence but four-year-old Event Horizon did finish fourth three starts back at seven furlongs when down in grade for a $6,250 tag, the top two having both gone on to win since. Trainer Marko Mesic may well be waiting for a slight drop in price again. It is that time of year when horses like Event Horizon are worth taking a chance on and you know the price will be right.
VESPERANZA (November 9, Race 5, No. 10, 7th)
For those who put stock in the gallop out, two-year-old first-time starters Fine Lady and Vesperanza tipped their hand to better things to come as they both got going late in the piece, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Vesperanza had a wider trip and came from slightly further back than Fine Lady with little between them at the wire. Well supported newcomer Sweet Brynlie overcame a slow start with a rail saving trip to run second to second favorite Royal Wedding with Forest Fairy a game third at the six furlongs but it was Vesperanza that went off as the 3-1 slight favourite. Where there is smoke, there is fire and it would be foolhardy to dismiss Vesperanza off of her unplaced run given the promising turn of foot shown in late stretch for a barn where rapid improvement is not unusual.
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