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Tommy T. Starts To Roll

DAK’s Daily Diary

Saturday, February 25, 2006

DAK’s Daily Diary houses Joe Kristufek’s independent, day-by-day view of Hawthorne’s individual race cards. Handicappers’ perceptions often vary, and this diary offers one man’s opinion.

Weather: 35 degrees, moderate westerly winds shifted around the seventh race to blow lightly from the East.

Track: Fast

Times: Slightly Fast

Multiple Win Day:

Jockeys – Tommy Molina (2), Chris Emigh (2)

* Newcomer Abdiel Toribio scored his first win of the meet

Trainers – Tom Tomillo (2)

The Recap:

For the second consecutive day, horses with natural speed had an advantage at Hawthorne, and the rail was once again the place to be. Six of the nine winners wired or pressed their way to victory.

Often times when jockeys recognize that their may be a bias, they will push a little harder to gain early position. When this happens, the early pace is accelerated, and horses have a better chance to wield their power down the stretch. Trainer Tom Tomillo, who popped with 20-1 shot Red River Aggie on Friday, also bagged two nice-priced winners on Saturday, winning the seventh race with Iron Rouge at 10-1 and the eighth event with Brush Up at 12-1.

None of the three winners came into the race with a sparkling work pattern, but the results tell us that they were obviously fit and ready to roll. In other words, when doing your advance handicapping, don’t put too much stock in the swiftness or consistency of the Tomillo workers.

Hawthorne has been a great place to play the first couple of days with several winners returning much higher prices than they should have. Papa Fuse (13-1 in the 5th), the aforementioned Brush Up (12-1 in the 8th) and Rainbow Boy (9-2 in the 9th) were all overlays.

Horses to Watch

Fabulous Wully – tossed head start, lost three lengths, wide trip throughout, finished well.

Gravano – 3-wide trip, lost ground turn, willing finish.

Johnathan – opened up at odds of 3-5 (well intended), sluggish early, closed like a train late.

Papa Fuse – stalked in hand, drew off impressively.

Runaround Jonnie – much the best, may deserve allowance shot.

Awesomewithbroads – pressed fast pace, held well, ready to stretch out.

Brush Up – sat chilly, uncoiled stretch, can sprint or route.

A To Z – finished well.

Big Rushlet – pressed fast pace, finished willingly behind tough victor.

Best of luck, and keep on Horsin’ Around!

DAK U LATER!

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