In his debut race on Dec. 14, Jazzin Razz dwelt at the start to spot the field 10 lengths, essentially losing all chance. But on Monday, trainer Richard Rosales equipped #8 Jazzin Razz with blinkers and jockey Clinton Potts encouraged the gelding to run early.
At 15-to-1, Jazzin Razz responded by breaking well and he ran with the leading group on the backstretch. Jazzin Razz took the lead in the stretch then won a tight photo finish over the fast-closing #5 You Wood.
Jazzin Razz’s trainer Rosales won just six of 78 races in 2008 and was 0-for-5 this year. But maiden long shot players know him well. Somebody posting as MagicHorseman on Pace Advantage.com said that Rosales trained two maiden claiming bombs that came in in 2007. The first was a $58.80 winner named Razi’s Star on Feb. 28, 2007, and the second was H.E.’s Girl, which paid $133.60 on Nov. 9, 2007.
I considered betting four horses in this race and ended up with three of them. I bet $200 on #5 You Wood, #9 Zephaniah and #12 Hurley’s Way. You Wood missed by a nose at 5-to-1 and #12 Hurley’s Way was only a head behind You Wood after going very wide on the turn.
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January 27, 2009 at 1:27 PM
By the way, that “bomb” Razi’s Star that won 2/28/2007 and paid $58.80 is full sister to Jazzin Razz. Plagued with quarter-cracks, Rosales was able to get her into the Winners Circle so we could retire her. She’s in foal to Tizbud.
January 27, 2009 at 2:05 PM
She was? You should’ve emailed me before the race.
Just kidding about that.
But seriously, Rosales seems like a good trainer who is flying under the betting public’s radar. You seem to have a lot of confidence in him and I’m sure he knows what he’s doing.
Thank’s for commenting and good luck with both Razi’s Star and your foal.
January 28, 2009 at 9:18 AM
Actually I just found this website, but you should have done your homework, especially since the names are similar. Rosales & his wife, Elena, are great with the horses. They’re a small barn so don’t get to “shine” as often. We’re a small farm trying to prove our stallion, Raz Lea, by ourselves. A son of Arazi out of Lea Lucinda, who bowed in his second start, Raz has had 8 runners and 4 winners. Imagine what he could be doing if more breeders brought him more mares.
January 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM
True, I very well could have found out they were related before the race and maybe I should add more Google searches to my handicapping. But although tracking down breeding angles can lead to huge prices, in the past it has been time consuming for me and often unrewarding. And because dams drop so few foals, it’s difficult to bet based soley on that angle. So, I try to stay away from the breeding variable, that’s why I don’t bet turf races or route races. By betting only on sprints, I don’t need to know who can stretch out or who will like the grass. It just reduces a couple of the variables in a game full of them. But I will take a long look at the next Richard Rosales sprinter after researching his record and talking to you about him.
January 28, 2009 at 1:06 PM
I don’t mean to give you a bad time. As an owner and breeder, I well know how difficult it is to handicap a race. However, sometimes the dam’s progeny record adds a valuable bit of information. Jazzin Razz’s dam has had 10 foals, 10 runners, and 8 winners. Couple that with a stallion producing winners out of 50% of his runners and you have an interesting result. One other bit of trivia for you. In Jazzin’s first race, the reason he got such a late start was because Alex Solis, through no fault of his own, got his boot caught in the starting gate.
January 29, 2009 at 10:02 PM
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