TORONTO, July 11 – Each week, track announcer Robert Geller will comment on some of the performances that caught his eye, highlighting horses to key on in upcoming races at Woodbine. Follow Robert on Twitter @WoodbineGeller for more insights on racing at Woodbine.
The horse with a name out of this world, Gizmothemogwaijedi, ran a mighty solid third at 6-1/2f in his debut. The 3YO set the pace, battled with a swarm of challengers at the top of the lane and fought on strongly behind runaway winner Asterism who split rivals late to beat Hythe. In a claim, Gizmothemogwaijedi moves to the hot barn of Denyse McClachrie and is sure to be hard to beat next time out at a similar level, especially after such an encouraging race. Given merely a fleeting chance, Gizmothemogwaijedi lit the board up at odds of 35/1 that day but will be worth following no matter the price as he looks set to strike.
After ducking in at the start from the inside post, Red Romeo worked into mid-pack before being slightly held up nearing the final furlong when 5th at a mile on turf. The eventual winner Cape Roco who surged late to defeat Wiltshire Star, had actually finished third behind Red Romeo a month prior. A son of Shakespeare from a Mutakddim dam, Red Romeo remains suited to turf and may even prefer longer than the mile. It feels too early to give up on this 4YO whose compromised rail trip left him with more in the tank last time. Chances are, just when you ask, “Where art thou, Red Romeo?” ,he may suddenly take centre stage at a good price.