Ravel, Hello Sunday & Buzzard’s Bay break in the Native Diver. (Charles Pravata)
None of my picks did too well yesterday, although I didn’t handicap the Native Diver or Turf Cup, I just rooting for Ravel. In the Turf Cup I was rooting for Chief Running Bear and Obrigado, but as always, I’m always happy for the winner. Sun River dispelled any notion of being able to run only on firm turf!
I was looking over the PP for the Native Diver this morning trying to see what/if any indication there might have been for Heatseeker. A few things were notable, although I’m not convinced that I would have caught them.
In all of his route efforts except for 1, he was coming on in the final furlong… perhaps not so apparent on it’s own. But looking at Jerry Hollendorfer’s trainer stats, his sprint to route record is .22 and his 2 sprint to route record is .29. He also had a series of endurance building works.
Individually these bits of information aren’t so significant, but anyone who put them all together had a really nice $63 pay day!
On another note, it looked like Ravel got stuck in traffic so I’m not gonna throw in towel on my dreams of him having a kick a$$ 2008.