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Samraat (outside) has covered more ground than Uncle Sigh (middle) in their two meetings this year (Photo by Coglinese Photos/Joe Lobezzetta).

Most American racing fans, and some surely beyond our shores, were smitten with the phenomenal competitiveness of last week’s Gotham Stakes, a fitting second course after the two main rivals, Samraat and Uncle Sigh, got after each other in the Withers. Samraat remains unbeaten, and has had to do more running than Uncle Sigh in both races. While the two-race combined margin between the horses is about 1 ¼ lengths, Samraat’s been doing his running from the outside, covering wider trips, and potentially inflating the legitimate gap between the two horses.

In the Withers, Samraat was planted wide throughout, covering 31 feet more than Uncle Sigh. In last Saturday’s Gotham, the same trip ensued, but Uncle Sigh raced in the two path, with Samraat a bit farther out. In Trouble, a new opponent in the fray enjoyed a rail run throughout. Quantitatively, Samraat covered 30 feet more than Uncle Sigh in the Gotham, and 61 feet more than ground-saving In Trouble. Those margins approximate to 3 ½ and seven lengths, respectively.

Let’s do the math. From the last two races, Samraat has covered 31 and 30 feet more than Uncle Sigh, a combined distance of about seven lengths of extra ground. Samraat, a son of Noble Causeway, has gained a diversity of experience in five lifetime starts. While always forwardly placed, the Rick Violette-trainee has been alone, in a two-horse duel planted wide, or even wider in a bigger field, as was the case in the Gotham. Regardless, he clearly keeps fighting, and winning. Knowing how crazy the Kentucky Derby experience can be for some, this trip diversity can only help the New York-bred going forward.

Palm Beach Stakes

Gala Award, making his first start of a maiden win, managed a narrow victory in the Palm Beach Stakes on the grass at Gulfstream. The Todd Pletcher trainee was drawn in gate nine and covered the second-widest trip in the field of twelve. Overall, the son of Bernardini covered 12 feet more than second Mr. Speaker and 40 feet more than rail-drawn third-placer Storming Inti.

GALA AWARD STOLE THE SHOW IN THE PALM BEACH STAKES

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Photo by Coglinese Photos/Natalie Fawkes

The performance of Mr. Speaker was noteworthy. Last after the first quarter-mile, he was set alight by Jose Lezcano beginning the run down the backstretch and catapulted to sixth before being switched-off, guided to the outside, and set down after the leaders. Mr. Speaker ran the final seven furlongs of the Palm Beach in 1:20.75, 1.32 seconds faster than the pace attending Gala Award. In the four-furlong segment from the five-eighths pole to the eighth-pole, Mr. Speaker ran 0.54 seconds faster than Gala Award, clocking that distance in 45.66 seconds.

Tampa Bay Derby this weekend

Vinceremos rode the rail to victory in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs last time, and one has to figure many are potentially looking to play against him if the draw is not in his favor for Saturday’s Tampa Bay Derby. Fourth and fifth placers from the Davis, Matador and Asserting Bear, covered 35 and 42 feet more than Vinceremos, with both horses averaging a quicker speed throughout the race than the narrow winner. The subsequent form from the Davis might concern more than the ground coverage of the also-rans, though. Second home Harpoon, who suffered a zig-zagging stretch run in the Davis, failed to get back in the frame, running fifth beaten 5 ¾ lengths in the aforementioned Gotham. 

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Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings is the Director of Racing Information for Trakus. Based in Boston, Mass., Trakus provides full-field in-race tracking, instantaneous motion graphics, and real-time information to racetrack operators worldwide. Trakus is currently installed at racetracks in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Data analysis from Trakus appears on Twitter regularly @TrakusRacing.

Cummings also serves as the editor of DubaiRaceNight.com, a comprehensive website covering racing in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. He has covered the Dubai World Cup on site each year since 2007 and provides selections for the entire season of racing in the United Arab Emirates and full-card analysis for all racing at Meydan. He also is the North American correspondent for Al Adiyat, a Dubai-based weekly racing publication.

Prior to joining Trakus, he worked for seven years in the financial services industry, and has served the racing industry in various capacities since 1999.  Pat was the backup announcer at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing) from 1999 to 2009, and also has called cards at Atlantic City Race Course, Louisiana Downs, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, and Monmouth Park.

A member of the Turf Publicists of America, Pat earned his MBA from Baylor University in Texas and a BA from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

 

Image Description

Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings is the Director of Racing Information for Trakus. Based in Boston, Mass., Trakus provides full-field in-race tracking, instantaneous motion graphics, and real-time information to racetrack operators worldwide. Trakus is currently installed at racetracks in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Data analysis from Trakus appears on Twitter regularly @TrakusRacing.

Cummings also serves as the editor of DubaiRaceNight.com, a comprehensive website covering racing in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. He has covered the Dubai World Cup on site each year since 2007 and provides selections for the entire season of racing in the United Arab Emirates and full-card analysis for all racing at Meydan. He also is the North American correspondent for Al Adiyat, a Dubai-based weekly racing publication.

Prior to joining Trakus, he worked for seven years in the financial services industry, and has served the racing industry in various capacities since 1999.  Pat was the backup announcer at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing) from 1999 to 2009, and also has called cards at Atlantic City Race Course, Louisiana Downs, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, and Monmouth Park.

A member of the Turf Publicists of America, Pat earned his MBA from Baylor University in Texas and a BA from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

 

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