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Calder notes: Dual Exhauzt the beneficiary of scratches in Kenny Noe
By Mike Welsch
MIAMI - A couple of key late scratches changed the complexion of Saturday’s $75,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap, much to the pleasure of trainer Bill White, whose Dual Exhauzt took advantage of the situation to post a wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory for the first stakes win of his career.
A field of only four went postward in the 6 1/2-furlong Kenny Noe after trainer Marty Wolfson scratched the morning-line favorites, Indiano and the speedy filly Spectacular Sky.
“When I first handicapped the race, while it was still intact, I felt either one of Marty’s horses had the speed to match strides with my horse and I felt going in I’d either be pressed or might not even be able to get the lead,” said White, who trains Dual Exhauzt for the GZS Stable. “I did not like my chances to win the race with Marty’s horses in there. When both were scratched and we became the lone speed, I went from expecting to run third to thinking I had a pretty big chance to win.”
The Kenny Noe was the second win in a row for Dual Exhauzt, a son of Alke who earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure.
“We pretty much backed into this race,” White said. “In fact, the only reason we even went into the Kenny Noe is because there was really no other place to go with him after he won his second allowance condition. And now that he’s won a stakes, we’ll have to continue to put him in stakes races and see how good he really is and how good he can become.”
Trinniberg on target for BC Sprint
Trainer Shivananda Parbhoo said Trinniberg is still on schedule for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 3. Parbhoo let Trinniberg blow out a little down the lane Monday morning and plans to give him a serious work either Thursday or Friday, depending upon the weather, with leading rider Luis Saez slated to be aboard.
Saez won four more races on Sunday’s card and continues to increase what appears to be an insurmountable lead in defense of his Tropical riding title. Saez has captured 50 races entering Wednesday’s program, 15 more than apprentice Hugo Sanchez and double the total of three-time Tropical champion Manny Cruz, who is third in the standings.
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