05/27/2010 5:14PM

Arlington: Speed stopping on Poly


Last post I made the phrase "speed is dying a little bit" was employed. Let me revise that. Speed is dying a lot bit. Race 7, a $10K maiden-claimer at 6.5 furlongs, totally fell apart despite a half-mile split in 48 seconds and change. That was not a typo: 48 second half-mile sprint split, and the leader completely stopped at the sixteenth pole. Deep-closing first-timer Mulata home for trainer Moises Yanez.

Race 8 was on turf, and narrow winner Matai was pounds the best. Got stopped trying to slip up the fence at the eighth pole, and still got up despite having to steady and come around the leader. Rimini Rebel, who looked logical, ran flat as a pancake for trainer Don Von Hemel. But now son Donnie's horse for race 9, Mac Dehere, is somewhat inexplicably live on the board (2-1) in a 3yo N1X allowance. If you're playing the bias, you've got to look to the closers. Crafty Ray, perhaps?