05/14/2014 12:05PM

'Perfect' breeze for Ride On Curlin

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Barbara D. Livingston
Ride On Curlin works four furlongs under Bryan Beccia at Pimlico on Wednesday.

Ride On Curlin, the seventh-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, worked four furlongs in 50.18 seconds Wednesday over Pimlico’s main track, according to Daily Racing Form. Pimlico clockers caught Ride On Curlin in 49.60 seconds.

DRF timed Ride On Curlin in fractions of 12.98 seconds, 25.16, 37.54, and had him galloping out five furlongs in 1:04.18. Exercise rider Bryan Beccia was aboard for the move, which occurred shortly after the track reopened following the mid-morning renovation break.

On Tuesday, trainer Billy Gowan said he would have been happy with a half-mile move in 52 seconds. On Wednesday, after watching the breeze from the press-box level, Gowan called the move “perfect.”

“You can’t just throw him down,” Gowan said. “You’ve got to let him do a little something. That was good.”

::DRF Live: Reports from training hours at Pimlico 8-9 a.m. ET this week

Gowan expressed frustration over the trip Ride On Curlin got underneath Calvin Borel in the Derby. Breaking from post 18, Borel, as is his wont, maneuvered Ride On Curlin to the rail, and he was last for the opening half-mile behind a rather tepid pace. Ride On Curlin made a move into contention around the turn and then had to be guided nine wide in the stretch, where he made a belated run to finish seventh, beaten 6 3/4 lengths. He was beaten a length for third.

In response, Gowan immediately made a rider switch for the Preakness to Joel Rosario. Last year, Rosario finished fourth in the Preakness aboard Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The exotics prices in this race are going to pay well even with an odds-on favorite winning. The speed is going to fall apart in this race, for many reasons (need the lead types, distance limitations, etc.), & the closers/grinders are going to fill a fairly decent tri/super. The race flow really sets up for a couple of big numbers.
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
ROC needed a strong work like this to get him back on the bridle and ready to stalk and close into a fast pace. Because several of these will challenge to wrest control of the pace, whomever establishes the lead will have to run a sub 46 in all likelihood, which will cook all of the frontrunners, no doubt. CC should be able to sit a decent trip 3 or so lengths off the frontrunner(s) and all ROC has to do is - and these should be the rider instructions - tuck in and draft behind CC; when he moves you follow every step of the way; both colts should inherit the race with 3/16ths left and ROC can be put outside CC for a tantalizing stretch duel. It would not surprise me, at all, to see these run 1-2. PDM is coming off a notable effort in the BG, and if there weren't so many connections absolutely intent upon setting the pace, I'd give him a shot to pull the upset or run 2nd, but the pace is simply going to be his undoing in here. He could still outrun all the other speed (as he did in the BG while running against the grain of a closing bias) and finish 3rd or 4th.
Honnimae More than 1 year ago
Bill Mc Gowen is an Idiot, Dale Roman ate his Crow, Now when this horse runs up the Track and Most of all the Filly will finish in front on Him
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Listen to me and we win the Derby Billy McGowen says to Calvin before the race. Calvin, well you saw it, enough to make you want to puke. I thought Ride on Curlin was legit in the Derby, now , as we here is doing great in Maryland, different race to come, different race to unfold. If the track comes up muddy, Social Inclusion goes gate to wire, if the track comes up fast, Social Inclusion wins, I guess what I am saying is Social Inclusion will win the Preakness...
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
Billy Billy Billy this horse was looking for an oxygen tank in the stretch in the Wood after being somewhat uncontested on the lead. He will face much more pressure this time with the same result.
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
Did u watch the race closely? SI had to be rushed outta the gate more than he should've due to his extreme outside post. SI is a legit threat to Chrome.
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
Your point is well taken. He did have to rush and was wide into the turn however he was on an uncontested lead in the stretch and got heavy legged. I don't like the declining beyer on the added distance. If he gets out alone then maybe because he has not proved he can stalk and win
Mark Hoeft More than 1 year ago
I would love to see Borel finish 2nd somehow on the filly, and Ride on Curlin 3rd. They are all chasing CC. Everytime Ride on Curlin has been near the lead in a route race, he fades. He hung close in the mud in the Rebel, but the horse needs to be mid pack.
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
Mark you are correct however when they laid him back in the Arkansas Derby he ran one of his best races and he was seven wide.
Mark Hoeft More than 1 year ago
My point exactly. The horse runs better sitting back. Yes, Calvin had him too far back, but the horse clearly runs well coming from behind. Just look at the AR Derby, Kentucky Derby, and even his Champagne as a 2 year old.
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
There's no horse in the race with a resume like ROC if he gets the right trip which he should with a better ride oh looms the main danger. His daddy loved this track.
Mark Hoeft More than 1 year ago
His daddy robbed Borel of a Preakness win after Street Sense passed him turning for home. I love the irony in sports. These horses won't run any 1:53 2/5 though like they did in 2007. This field is nowhere near what that crop was.
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
I agree
Honnimae More than 1 year ago
That's more Realist that Ride on Curlin Finishing Second.... This Horse has No Ump... If he's closer to the Lead and That seems like the plan. He's finish in the reverse Exacta The 9t and 10 place finisher. Rosario is Going to Give it one try once he realize he's sitting on a Donkey he's going to Finish safe and not get hurt....
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
go watch the Arkansas Derby when he was seven wide and closed for second. Regardless who is better than him besides CC?
JDLBets More than 1 year ago
Borel gave ROC just about as bad a ride as the Derby when he was on for the Southwest. Pushed him from 7-8 wide to get on the lead and then 3-4 wide the rest of the way.
Scott Kromer More than 1 year ago
reminds me of last year when everyone was claiming how will take charge got stymied and is due for a big run in Preakness...way different pace scenario but still....ride on curlins form seems to have flattened out..his flat performances might still be better than 80% of this field
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
Scott I agree to some extent. However when you analyze ROC three races prior to the derby and you take out the middle race because it was run on a wet track he was on the improve in a big way. I have to believe that the post position and the slowness of the racetrack came I to play regarding the buyers. Let's not forget the bad ride he got. Also, there is no other horse in this race that is battle tested and has run against the iron in the 2 and 3 yr old division.
Scott Kromer More than 1 year ago
I have him third in this race...ive been backing social inclusion for second and sticking to it I feel he is the second coming of bodemeister and is due for big things pending injury...ROC is a nice horse and hopefully wont get run into the ground by throwing him in so many races...same can be said for chrome when the TC is all said and done
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
My issue with SI was in the Wood when he was somewhat uncontested on the front and got heavy legged about 70 yards from the wire. He is going to face more pressure this time and he had a significant beyer drop when he increased the distance. Also that race was his third in the form cycle which is when they run their best race. To much regression for me plus the injury. Good luck.
Scott More than 1 year ago
There are several alarm bells for me with Social Inclusion: 1) Great at speed favoring Gulfstream, but looked like he couldn't get 9F's in the Wood. 2) Even though his speed looked great at Gulfstream, who'd he really beat? Don't say Honor Code, because that one hasn't done anything since his 2 year season. 3) Looks like a "need the lead type" in a race where he is very unlikely to be left alone in front. With his questionable stamina, he NEEDS to be left alone to get the extra distance. 4) Wasn't good enough to make the Derby! I know some people disagree with this assessment, but for whatever reason this horse was not ready (at least according to his connections) to take more than one shot at making the field of 20. Something tells me, we wont be seeing him at the highest levels after this race.
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
Oh and it does not hurt to get Rosario who chose to ride ROC instead of General A Rod.
Electrocutionst More than 1 year ago
I believe Rosario had committed to RoC well before General A Rod was considered for the Preakness.
Scott More than 1 year ago
I think you're right. Ride On Curlin was pretty much slated for the Preakness right after he crossed the finish line in the Derby. General A Rod's connections initially were planning on skipping it, but the horse was doing too well for them to pass up another crack at CC.
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
You are correct
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
There's no horse in this race that has faced the level of competition ROC has. His best beyer was at 11/8 which leads me to believe that he will relish the extra distance as hid daddy Curln did he won the Preakness. I have to toss the KD effort because of the post and the horrible ride by Borel. Pulls him to the rail T the start then takes him 9-10 wide in the stretch and he still had some extra gas. ROC is the main danger to CC.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I guess he was the only one who didn't know how CALVIN B rides the derby. Word of caution if BORELS ride was bad the ROSARIOS ride on GENERAL A ROD was disastrous. If you don't believe me read the chart callers remarks.
Alejandro Anza More than 1 year ago
Agree,A Rod ran better than his final position say,the last furlong was hard to watch,horrible!!
Scott More than 1 year ago
I was thinking General A Rod was one of the more interesting long shots in the Derby and in watching the race replay I think I was right. How many walls did that horse run into and he still kept trying? I love his chances to be in the exotics in the Preakness and will cover him on top too even though I do think Chrome is going to win barring disaster. A Rod's odds should be decent too,because many are backing the overrated duo of Social Inclusion and Bayern.
Greggory Kowalkowski More than 1 year ago
Complaining about Borel's rail ride is so ridiculous it's beyond comprehension. If you didn't want that trip you should've stuck with Jon Court.
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
Please that was the worse ride I have seen in a major stakes race in a while. He probably used Borel because of his knowledge of the race track. I think he is all washed up. ROC will run big on Saturday.
nazeema More than 1 year ago
ROC will win on Saturday
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
What are you talking about??? Borel butchered that ride. Besides, it's not like Gowan knew he was gonna draw the 19th hole when he gave the mount to Borel.
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
Sorry this was meant for Greggory.
nazeema More than 1 year ago
JON COURT WAS INJURED DUMMY
JDLBets More than 1 year ago
He was injured during a race on the undercard for the Derby if I'm not mistaken.