Weekend Overview: A quiet weekend as connections prepare their horses for a Breeders Cup assault. Keeneland is midway through the Fall meet and it was good to see Ravel back in action there. Ravel won a 9f allowance very very easily and still looks very much like a horse who could be G-1 class. Although we may have to wait for next year to see that come to fruition. Calder hosted their big weekend that saw some impressive wins by Soldier's Dancer and Wise Answer. Wise Answer recieved the biggest two turn Beyer Speed Figure of the year when he earned a 98 in the In Reality Stakes. He is not going to be at the Breeders Cup unfortunately.
Performance of the Week: No doubt about this winner. Inca King was colossal in the Bryan Station Stakes at Keeneland. Although the race is hardly a G-1 Inca King put in the kind of performance that suggests he'll be a serious miler next year. He broke alertly and was right up on the pace through moderate fractions. He did not settle very well but obviously he was eager to just get on with it. Once he was asked he quickly opened up about 7 lengths on the field. He won by about 4 in the end but he was not hard ridden to the line and it was that acceleration that marks him as a potential headliner. Kip Deville broke through in this race last year after a similar campaign. I think the future is very bright for Inca King as a miler.
Race of the Week: I'm going to nominate the Durham Cup at Woodbine where last year's 2yo champion Leonnatus Anteas won his first stakes race over older horses with an impressive 4 wide move at the top of the lane. He then had to hold off some stiff challenges in lane, but this race was all about the move he made on the turn. He also managed to set a track record for 9f.
Flop of the Weekend: I thought Dance Away Capote was pretty disappointing in the Athenia. I know the ground was likely against her but she was in such great form going into the race and Belmont seemed to be her favorite course. She looked nothing like the filly that powered to victory in her prior start.
TCR Mover’s and Shakers: The lack of major stakes races this weekend basically guaranteed that the standings would remain mostly unchanged. Bit of Whimsy did manage to break into the top 10 of the Female Turf division but she's not even the top 3yo Female Turfer with Rutherienne still holding down that distinction. Nothing else of not transpired over the weekend.
Tip O’the Cap: I didn't see much to tip my cap to this weekend so we'll hold of on this award until a worthy winner can be found.
KC Handicapping: No selections were made this week, I did not have any strong opinions about any of the races and it was best just to stay out and observe. Week 2 of Keeneland has finished and I had an okay week with 10 winners on top. I lost money for the week but am still showing a profit for the meet. With only 20 winners in the first half I do need to really pick it up to make 50 winners.
Cumulative record of selected horses: 0(0)-0-0-0 ($0.00 0.00% ROI)
Overall record: 377(168)-68-65-58 (-$27.80 -3.69% ROI)