LARC NEWS Posted: 5/24/2024 10:01:22 PM

 GATE WORK FOR SUNDAY, MAY 26

RACE 1   – ED BURKE MILLION TRIALS  - 2-YEAR-OLDS – 350 YARDS

#5 A Political Wave – May 8  :12.3 at 220 yards (SET #2)

Outside Horse: Apollitical Jess filly won by a nose as the favorite in one of the first juvenile races of the meet and has since posted a solid :12.3 gate drill when working evenly from the outside post vs. Whiskey Talkin. She picked up her head just as the gate opened, scrambled away from there, going to the inside before surging forward at the gap while under a hand-ride. She drifted in as she approached the midway point as her rider grabbed a hold to level her out. She was under grab the rest of the way while posting the 2nd fastest of 18 works. Okay gallop out while always under a hold by her rider.

RACE 4   – ED BURKE MILLION TRIALS  - 2-YEAR-OLDS – 350 YARDS

#2 Barbara – May 11  :12.5 at 220 yards (SET #7)

Solo Work: Tempting Dash filly made her racing debut a winning one at Turf Paradise and now enters her first Orange County start after posting this solo work in :12.5. She was moving around in the gate before the start, hesitated a bit leaving but came away in good form while traveling under a hold. She was never pushed hard by her rider and looked very comfortable moving. Could have easily gone several ticks faster if the rider had wanted to let her loose at any point in this drill. Her time was the 5th fastest of 15 works on May 11.

#5 Mas Prieta – May 8  :12.5 at 220 yards (SET #1)

Inside Horse: Favorite Cartel filly finished out of the money on April 27 and returns after posting the 7th fastest of 18 works when going from the inside post in :12.5 while finishing behind Kiss Then Talk’s :12.4. Mas Prieta was starting to lean to her right when the gate opened, taking her by surprise as she stumbled badly away from there. To her credit, she picked up speed right away, worked hard while under early hustling and eventually made-up ground with a solid closing kick. She looked solid in the gallop out as well.

RACE 8   – ED BURKE MILLION TRIALS  - 2-YEAR-OLDS – 350 YARDS

#1 City of Blood – May 8  :12.6 at 220 yards (SET #6)

Middle Horse: His debut was cut short on May 4 when he lost his rider shortly after the start. He posted this gate work four days later, traveling in between horses when finishing evenly with inside workmate Midnight Moon in :12.6. A half-brother to Apollitical Pence, City Of Blood was leaning away from his flipping halter when gate opened but he flew away from the gate to take an early lead. He was very green shortly after the start, bucking after the gap, similarly to what he did in his debut. He looked green throughout and his rider was all out hustling and flagging him as they got closer to the finish line.

#2 Terra Fina – May 4  :12.2 at 220 yards (SET #5)

Outside Horse: A closing winner in her debut on April 6, the One Famous Eagle filly worked from the outside post vs. Separation By Fire when going in a fast 12.2 clocking on May 4. Moving slightly as the gate opened, Terra Fina broke in and bumped her workmate and was knocked off her stride for a moment. She kept wanting to drift in, was corrected by her rider and urged to finish strong, which she did while winning the drill by a neck. Her time was the fastest of nine drills on May 4.

RACE 9   – ED BURKE MILLION TRIALS  - 2-YEAR-OLDS – 350 YARDS

#1 Low And Fast – May 8  :12.1 at 220 yards (SET #5)

Outside Horse: Favorite Cartel gelding posted the fastest of 18 works in this return gate work after finishing out of the money in his debut on April 27. Low And Fast worked from the outside post when going in a fast :12.1 clocking while running far ahead of Steel Blue Cartel. Low And Fast hopped slightly leaving and was fast into his stride. He had a lot of room to operate and was under a hand shove as crossed the gap. He drifted a bit to the outside while continuing under good urging. He was flying as he entered the final yards of his work and his rider let him finish on his own and grabbed a hold of him near the wire. He wanted to keep on running in his gallop out, while still under a good hold.    

 


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