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Gulfstream Park: Sky Blazer victim of tough trip
By Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Barclay Tagg was still shaking his head earlier this week when thinking about the trip his unlucky Sky Blazer endured in Saturday’s Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes. Sky Blazer finished eighth behind longshot winner Mucho Mas Mucho after having to check numerous times when blocked in traffic near the inside through the stretch.
“The horse has a ton of talent, he just gets himself into trouble and things go wrong for him, which is a shame because he’s such a nice horse and the owners are such nice people,” said Tagg, who trains Sky Blazer for owners Joyce Young and Gerald McManis. “He also ran well in the Bernard Baruch this summer at Saratoga after breaking poorly. He does have a tendency to get a little too far back in his races, but he actually was in a pretty good spot the other day. They were all in really tight coming down the stretch. Everybody was just bunched and stacked right in front of him on the rail, and he had nowhere to go. It just didn’t look like he had any chance to get out at all.”
Tagg also has a promising 3-year-old filly for Young named Caroline Thomas. The homebred daughter of Giant’s Causeway closed out her 2-year-old campaign with a pair of turf wins after finishing second in her debut. She defeated first-level allowance competition here by a length Dec. 16.
“I was thinking about taking her over to Tampa for the Oaks because it’s a little longer, but I can get Ramon [Dominguez] on her here in the Sweetest Chant, and if you can get Ramon, why go elsewhere,” Tagg said with a laugh.
The $100,000 Sweetest Chant will be decided at a mile over the turf Jan. 27.
Sky Blazer was picked by DRF and many other talking heads. He looked very live in this spot but carrying the weight of the "wise guys" was too much. I play mainly turf races and have grown to expect tough trips. Seems so many take inside routes with closers getting bottled up. I loved the study done at WO showing saving ground does not necessarily equate to winning. That report showed winners often gave ground but benefited from running unimpeeded. I am too old and heavy to be a jockey so I have to live with their decision making. Hopefully it all evens out in the long run. Good luck and cleaner trip next time fbwinners.
I still think Joel put Sky Blazer in a bad spot on Sunday, that horse was ton the best and it as sicking watching the race if you had a wager on him like I did. Playback in a big way but the price will be bad now. Single in verticals.
Barclay, Have to agree not two better owners and people than Bonner and Tom Young in racing, best of luck to them. Jim, Hilton Head
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