TORONTO, August 9, 2020 – Track announcer Robert Geller comments on some of the performances that caught his eye in this regular segment, highlighting horses to key in on for upcoming races at Woodbine.
GALVASTON (July 26, Race 5, No. 2, 2nd)
There was no peace throughout the hectic five-furlong trip when Galvaston came in runner-up in his second lifetime start. The two-year-old duelled on the lead throughout, only to be caught late by the eventual winner Exceed, who sat a quieter trip on the rail, able to turn the tables on his rival as a result. The official margin at the wire was a neck with a head back to Pink Gelato in third. The fighting spirit of Galvaston suggests that at this $40,000 claiming price, a maiden-breaking win is just around the corner. Chances are a six-furlong distance may afford more time for the youngster to settle and given how well he held on in the stretch, could be dangerous if able to save his kick for later. With two seconds in two starts, it could be a case of “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
THERE’S NO JOE (August 2, Race 4, No. 4, 2nd)
Irrespective of the traffic issues that happened in this race before the turn for home, first-time starter There’s No Joe sat a nice trip in second throughout and did well to stay on gamely in the stretch behind short-priced winner Executive Search, who took the field gate to wire. Beaten only a half-length at the end of the 6-1/2 furlongs, There’s No Joe finished 6-1/4 lengths ahead of longshot Dixie Giant in third. The top two looked to be in command prior to any of the ensuing interference that disrupted the pack behind them. Given that this race was taken off the turf, it is fair to assume that trainer Dan Vella had targeted the E.P. Taylor for this Alberta-bred three-year-old. After a solid second on the main track to a horse that had been racing well, the barn now has more options with There’s No Joe, who should be worth following.
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