Weekend Overview: The weekend review will be rather Woodbine centric since Woodbine hosted the only action of note this weekend. The past two weeks have been the calm before the storm. For the next 6 days everything will be about the Breeders Cup.
Performance of the Week: Mrs. Lindsay's stretch run was nearly cruel to the valiant Sealy Hill who ran a winners race without a doubt. Mrs. Lindsay was closer to the pace and seemed to get her doors blown off by the huge move from Sealy Hill in the stretch. But she wasn't done and she continued to gallop to the line and passed Sealy Hill again in the last few yards for the win in course record time. Both connections should be thrilled but there was no doubt that Mrs. Lindsay was the best horse on the day.
Race of the Week: Certainly the Canadian International wins the contest for race of the week. It was the biggest race of the week and the stretch drive featured the favorite vs the longshot, the European vs the American and the trendy new star vs the gallant old warrior. Ask and Cloudy's Knight put on quite the show with the tough old Cloudy's Knight coming out just the better. Ask seemed to be getting him with every stride but with 50 yards to go it seemed as if he should have been past him already but Cloudy's Knight had no quit in him and saw off the progressive European.
Flop of the Weekend: Sargent Seattle was 3/5 in a 5 horse field and was coming into the race off of one of the most impressive maidens of the Saratoga meet. He has had some problems since then but this seemed like an easy tuneup for a possible tilt at the Remsen. Yet somehow he managed to miss the board. That caused a few bridge jumpers to lose their stake in inflate show prices. Sargent Seattle looked in trouble right from the start as the jockey was asking him even in the opening quarter. He looked nothing like a horse of promise on this occasion.
TCR Mover’s and Shakers: Not much to effect the standings aside from the Canadian races. Cloudy's Knight gets a deserved week in the top 10 and moves to third in the Turf division. He will likely be passed by Breeders Cup runners in the coming week but no horse worked harder to get to the top 10. Pussycat Doll won a minor stakes race at Belmont to stay in the hunt for the Female Sprinter title but in all likelihood it will come down to River's Prayer and Dream Rush.
Tip O’the Cap: I've given this salute to Cloudy's Knight in the past and I couldn't help but give it to him again after the biggest performance of his life. This was a championship quality race and Cloudy's Knight should have an outsiders chance at a championship if certain horses fail at the BC. He will certainly get a lot of support as the top horse in Canada. Move over Tin Man this 7 year old Lord Avie gelding has actually outdone him this year with a solid 9 race campaign and a 9-3-3-1 record. Here's to having yet another successful year as an 8 year old!
KC Handicapping: A frustrating week where I did key some main players but ended up negative. Mrs. Lindsay was all heart and was a deserving winner, but as for the Canadian International I was a nose away from a good weekend. Worse still I actually liked Cloudy's Knight a fair bit as my analysis of the race will attest and had I made him a selection I'd be positive for the year right now.
Cumulative record of selected horses: 5(2)-1-1-0 (-$5.20 -52.00% ROI)
Overall record: 382(170)-69-66-58 (-$33.00 -4.32% ROI)