Summer Stakes Finale + Road to the Breeders' Cup! - Super Screener
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Summer Stakes Finale + Road to the Breeders’ Cup!

G1 Woodward

You won’t find a more exciting finish than the one we witnessed in this year’s G1 Woodard.  No more than a long neck separated the top three finishers which were also the Super Screener’s top 3 ranked picks for the race.  #1 Shaman Ghost ran the best race of the trio as he was utterly shut down when #3 Frosted lugged in at about the 1/8th pole but then he re-rallied very gamely to prevail for the win.


I am not one to berate the rides a jockey gives a horse.  They aren’t going to get it right every time.  However, what was Joel Rosario thinking when they were coming down the stretch in the Woodard?  After an awkward start which cost #3 Frosted some ground, Joel Rosario had him settled nicely in hand on the back stretch.  However, when they hit the final turn he was 5 wide and then swung out 8 wide into the lane.  But as they were just a furlong out and it was clear the other two rivals were not going to yield, inexplicably, Rosario just gave #3 Frosted some mild hand urging and a quick brush of the reins.  I think he thought he had this one at the asking.  That was just a bad, over confident ride, and it was clear #3 Frosted was at least second best.

The Super Screener accurately identified #1 Shaman Ghost as the top upsetter to Frosted at odds of 9-1.  Here’s what we said about him:

“Might get a little value after he tossed a stinker in that same Suburban.  Reportedly he bled in that race and gets Lasix for the first time.  Last work was outrageous and he will submit a huge effort today.  Upsetter shot for the win.”

The Super Screener will be following this horse closely as he could be far better than anyone suspects and a big upsetter candidate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic as he faces Frosted, California Chrome and Arrogate.  #9 Mubtaahij is also quietly entering the scene finishing second to California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup and running a big one here in the Woodard.  Another that we will follow closely as the the road to the Breeders’ Cup continues.


G2 Glens Falls


The G3 Glens Falls was just a stinker for the Super Screener with our top two choices finishing in the back half of the field.  It will happen from time to time but never easy to take as we play these races right along with you.


The only redeeming value was the fact that our long shot pick, #1 Miss Chatelaine, did manage to sneak up that rail and grab third place to complete the Trifecta which did pay over $320 for a $1 and cashed one of our tickets in which we singled #1 and #7 in the three hole.
“TOP LONG SHOT (Miss Chatelaine) Makes her 3rd start since Oct., last at Woodbine much better than it looks.  She is begging for this longer distance.  Finished a neck shy of Itsonlyactingdad after 8-month layoff.  Price on a game filly…Big shot!”


G2 Del Mar Derby


The Super Screener accurately projected this race to offer the horse player great value and it called the swift and pressured pace set up that ensued resulting in the 2nd to 4th place finishers all coming from way back of the field.  The only problem here was that #11 Free Rose, the pace presser, was undeterred by those swift early fractions and ran an incredible race moving forward again.  This is proving to be one of the best 3 year-old turf horses in CA right now and a horse to definitely follow in his next couple of races.  We are officially a believer.


The Super Screener really liked #9 Dressed in Hermes in this race as a top long shot pick.


“TOP LONG SHOT Desormeaux sticks on (Dressed in Hermes)one that had trouble in the La Jolla.  Gets the fast pace set up he needs for his best.  Will be dismissed at the windows and we could get 15-1 or higher.   Must use in your exotics.”


Even though racing came to a close at Saratoga and Del Mar, the Stakes action continues in a big way as we are now deep into the road to the Breeders’ Cup.  Don’t miss a single weekend of action as implications for these big race outcomes are huge and it will provide the edge we need to score in the Breeders’ Cup.  From now until that glorious weekend of the world’s best races, there will be over 50 graded stakes races run across the World!  So plenty of action left as we get to some of the best racing of the year!


Go Fast and Win

Mike Shutty