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It is said that you have to beat the best to be the best.

Sometimes, though, facing the best – or something close to it – is good enough.

What this all involves is the second race at Aqueduct on Nov. 24, the same day as the Grade 1 $350,000 Cigar Mile was contested.

The race in question, though, was a seemingly non-descript maiden race. It was won by a horse named Orb with Freedom Child, who was sent off at an astronomical 49-1, running second.

Fast forward now to Feb. 23, when Orb beat Violence to win the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes and emerge as a top contender for the Kentucky Derby.

As for Freedom Child, after the Nov. 24 race he did not return to the races until Feb. 9 when he finished third in a maiden race at Gulfstream.

Fresh from his comeback effort off that two-month-plus layoff, Freedom Child raced again on March 10 at Gulfstream. This time, besides the benefit of a good conditioning effort over the racetrack, he had the added bonus of a newly noticeable class advantage, having run second to the Fountain of Youth winner.

Put it all together and Freedom Child seemed poised to break his maiden, and he  indeed respond with a 5 ¼-length victory and a $7.40 payoff as the 5-2 second choice.

The lesson: Always check a horse’s running lines to see who it has been running against. You can often find a highly flattering effort can pay a dividend at the betting windows.

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En Español 

Translated by Anthony Gutierrez

Punto de la semana: Mantener buena compañia.

Se dice que usted tiene que vencer a los mejores para ser el mejor.

A veces, sin embargo, de cara a los mejores o cerca de ello es lo suficientemente bueno.

Lo que todo esto implica es la segunda carrera en Aqueduct el 24 de Noviembre, el mismo día que el Grade1 $350,000 Cigar Mile fue impugunda.

La carrera en cuestión, sin embargo,  ha sido una carrera inaugural aparentemente sin gracia. Fue ganada por un caballo llamado Orb con Freedom Child, quien fue mandado en un astronómico 49-1, corriendo segundo. Un avance rápido ahora al 23 de Febrero, cuando Orb vence a Violence para ganar el Fountain Of Youth de $400,000 y emerger como uno de los principales para el Kentucky Derby.

En cuanto a Freedom Child, el 24 de Noviembre después de la carrera no regresó a las carreras hasta el 9 de Febrero cuando terminó tercero en la carrera inaugural en Gulfstream Park. 
Recién llegado de su esfuerzo reaparición de más de dos meses de descanso, Freedom Child corrió de nuevo el 10 de Marzo en Gulfstream. Esta vez, además de la ventaja de un esfuerzo acondicionado bien sobre la pista, que tenía la venteja añadida de una nueva clase notable, habiendo corrido segundo contra el ganador del Fountain Of Youth.

Poner todo junto y Freedom Child paracía a punto de romper su maiden, y de hecho respondió con una victoria de 5 1/4 cuerpos y un $7.40 como la segunda opción 5-2.

La Lección: Siempre revise líneas que corren de un caballo para ver quién ha estado corriendo en contra. Usted puede encontrar a menudo un esfuerzo muy halagador puede pagar un dividendo en las ventanillas.

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Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

Image Description

Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

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