Bubbley Blonde, #2, was just too irresistible for bettors. She showed several fast workouts and had leading jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard, so the crowd hammered her to 9/5 even though she had never raced before this.
She ran admirably, leading until the top of the stretch, but #4 Shantika’s Dream stalked the pace and drew off in the stretch. Winning trainer Adam Kitchingman worked Shantika’s Dream slowly leading up to the race, which he usually does with his debuters. And he was able to get 17/1 with low-profile jockey Chantal Sutherland riding.
Workout analyst Bruno De Julio is part owner of Shantika’s Dream and this was the second time in five starts that one of the horses he owned won when running for the first time.
I ended up playing $200 on #5 Malibu Artiste, who showed speed in her last, but in this race unsuccessfully tried to rate from just off the lead.
To watch a replay of this race, go to www.calracing.com
February 7, 2009 at 10:29 AM
Thanks for the plug, we have actually have won with four first time starters since 2007 and four others have won second time out out of 13 horses. Thanks for the plug, anything I can do for you, let me know.
February 7, 2009 at 7:02 PM
Thanks for the reply. It sounds like your stable is doing great first and second time out.
If I was an owner, I too would encourage my trainer to win either first or second time because in general people don’t like betting horses that never ran before or have run once, but unimpressively.
I like how Adam Kitchingman works out his first-timers slowly, but then runs them fast. The master at that is Clifford Sise, but his prices began to suffer when he started training for the Wygods.
One of the best seminars I’ve seen in Vegas was with you and Tom Brohamer in the mid ’90’s at the Barbary Coast. What made it so good was that — you both know horses — but your personalities were kind of like the odd couple. He was subdued while you were making wise cracks and enthusiastically telling people to bet everything they have if they really like a horse. It was good stuff.
I hope TrackNet and the casinos straighten things out soon, so I can get back in the game.