TORONTO, June 21 – 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.
One of the top training achievements so far this meet has been the success of the “Breeze” horses under the care of Alexander McPherson, especially three-peat winner Gigantic Breeze. In the final race June 9 at 1-1/16M on turf, debutant, The Other Breeze, almost added to the barn’s win percentage with an eye-catching second. Off a poor break, the 4YO son of Malibu Moon, trailed the field a clear last, spotting the leaders a ton of ground before making significant inroads down the stretch to almost catch Sonnet Boom who had been well clear with a winning break. This stable has proven a dab hand at developing horses so if that first run is any indication, The Other Breeze looks like a coming winner.
In stark contrast to a non-descript performance in his first career start as a 2YO, Charming Vision came off the bench as a 3YO in the final race on Oaks Day and ran a mighty third. On the pace throughout, this son of Court Vision from a Pine Bluff dam, looked a winning chance, defying his 22/1 odds and the outside post. Trainer Nick Gonzalez is enjoying an excellent meet and seems to have brought the youngster’s hidden potential to life. Split My Pants snuck home over Just Reno with Charming Vision merely a head behind the pair at the end of the 6-1/2f. The next runners to finish, Jail Time, fourth and well bet newcomer Buttermilk Pike, fifth, are also likely improvers so the Tucci Stables owned Charming Vision may still represent value should they re-oppose.