TORONTO, June 25, 2019 – 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.
DIFFERENT DAYS (Sunday, June 16, Race 5, No. 1, 4th)
Given that the inside post position going five furlongs in a maiden allowance is never ideal for a first-time starter, the fourth-place finish by Different Days is worth noting. After leaping at the start, the two-year-old trailed the field early, beginning to run on three furlongs out. The winner, Mr. Hustle, thrashed rivals by five and a quarter lengths with Clear Destination and Forester’s Fortune in second and third. Although a long margin from the winner, Different Days appeared to be getting the hang of things in deep stretch under rider Steven Bahen, who is enjoying an excellent meet. By Court Vision, this Ian Howard youngster should be suited to either surface especially as the distances increase. Different Days may not be the longest shot on the board next out but may still offer a decent across the board price play.
STOPVICTIMIZINGME (Wednesday, June 19, Race 4, No. 4, 2nd)
Despite going off as the second-longest priced horse in the field at 23-1, second-place finisher Stopvictimizingme proved the eye-catching run of the race. Being friendless in the betting had not stopped him winning as a two-year-old, having broken his maiden on Tapeta at six furlongs in a solid close at odds of 43-1, the longest shot on the board. After three failed attempts this season in allowance optional claiming races, Stopvictimizingme appeared to wake up when trying turf for the very first time on a drop down to the $40,000 tag. Coming in for the late rider for trainer Bancroft de Souza, Jeffrey Alderson gained significant ground up the rail in the home stretch before being blocked inside the final furlong. Despite the loss of momentum, the three-year-old rallied to claim second over the favourite, Western Ghost, to be beaten a length and a quarter by second favourite Cheek to Cheek. By Paddy O’Prado, Stopvictimizingme looks like a value play when he next returns on turf.
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