10/23/2010 5:02PM

Hawthorne: Reading Roger Brueggemann


Maybe its because I have a BA from University of Montana (where they say Go Grizz), but I've always been partial to the horse named Da Grizz. More likely reason for favoring the animal is the fact he can be relied upon to win at Hawthorne. He just captured race 7, paying a square $9.80 under Chris Emigh. That gave Da Grizz 12 wins from 32 career HAW starts; at other tracks, his record is 1-29. Da Grizz, an 8yo, was a $10K claimer in the spring, but won here for $5K. Possible - but only just - that he could take a one-level class hike and still succeed.

Trainer of Da Grizz is Roger Brueggemann, a major HAW player himself who has quiet Arlington summers. One thing I have noticed this meet: While Brueggemann horses are getting bet like they're going to be firing first time out at the meet, especially the layoff horses with solid-looking works (e.g. Pleasantlysurprise, who opened up at 7-5, but was flat earlier on the card), but that's not really happening. What is happening is that the Brueggemann brigade is cracking second-time out: Da Grizz on Oct. 13 had faded to a well-beaten fourth in his first start since August. During the spring meet Brueggemann seems to point more to winning with fresh horses. Right now, we should give his stock a race over the track.

One other thing: Brueggemann always shares the wealth among jocks. Chris Emigh rode Da Grizz, but the barn is just as likely to have someone like Tim Thornton or Jozbin Santana on a live runner.