Ron Uchmanís Hawthorne analysis for Friday, November 26th
1-RODEO MAN didnít show much in his debut but he was acting up prior to the start, got away poorly, and just raced evenly after that. Runners from his barn often improve with experience. The drop into maiden claimers could easily help. 4-HOUR CAT showed little in his debut but he came close to wiring the field in the slop in last, his second race. He does seem to hold a speed advantage over the rest of the field. Might lead throughout even though this race is a sixteenth longer. 5-AFTERMATH never got close in his only start. But, he has been training well since. Well-bred runner deserves another chance.
This race is fully of runners that have good early speed but little staying power. 8-IRISH MAJOR is one of the few exceptions. He showed little on turf in last, even though a majority of his success came on turf, but he did win his prior start in come-from-behind fashion. Should get a strong early pace and hopefully a clean trip today. 3-TAP THE MOJO finished second to top choice last time, getting the same kind of trip. He has finished second in two of his last three. Might be able to do it again. 4-FAST ONE usually runs out of gas but he is among the best of the speed and he might hold on long enough to share in this spot.
Would like to see him retired and heís unlikely to run if this race comes off the turf but classy old timer 5-CAMMACK drops back to what could be a winning level. This 11-year-old has obviously lost a few steps but he has earned over $500,000 and won 16 times for a reason. Can fly by. 11-ONE WAY HOME is entered for main-track only. Donít think this race will come off the weeds, despite the freezing temps, but, if it does, this speedy winner of last two will be tough. 9-COMING UP ACES never fired in his first start of the meet but he generally displays a good turn of early foot and he figures to be racing prominently throughout in this race.
4-LARK has to be caught. He displayed better speed in last versus slightly better. At this level they might not be able to catch him. 3-KARAYEL finished fourth in both of his starts but heís taking on an easier group this time around. Heíll be tracking top choice early and figures to make his move halfway through the stretch. 2-HOUR NAP owns decent speed. He couldnít keep up with top choice in last but he drew to the inside of that rival today. It might make a difference.
Interesting race. Iím going to give 5-MARK OF THE Z a slight edge. Heís been racing on turf for months and just won a $90k turf allowance at Keeneland but heís just about as accomplished on the main track, He might not be quite as quick as Big Sport but heíll be racing right at that runnerís heels. Can edge by late. 7-BIG SPORT is always tough. He won six of his eight races this year many of them at this level. Heís most likely to grab the early lead. He might not let any get past him. 1-RIDE INTO THE SKY is the sleeper. Heís going to be relatively ignored despite winning six of his 13 races this year. He was claimed from a turf win from last but most of his success came on dirt.
Really didnít want to pick 4-SHEZA SAVAGE but she simply looks like the only real speed in the race. Itís true sheís coming off a maiden claiming win but most of her rivals have raced against claimers, often multiple times, and still havenít succeeded getting through this condition. Might never look back. 3-MANHATTAN LEGACY beat only one in a state-bred stakes race last time out but she has been competitive versus state-bred allowance company often. Sheís a closer and wonít likely find much pace ahead of her but she might be the one best capable of running top choice down. 2-STORMY EMPIRE closed well to finish second versus similar in last. However, she has also shown good speed in the past. Not sure she can catch top pick if nobody presses that filly but this mare might be the one to apply pressure.
4-HURRICANE HIGHWAY finished second in both starts since getting claimed by this barn. Both of those races were here and both seconds came behind Scott Becker-trained runners. There are no Becker-trained runners in this race. But there is plenty of speed to set things up for this geldingís late run. 7-AGGRESSIVITY will be tough. Heís fresh off a victory against tough open claimers at Churchill. He finished a neck behind top choice here, two races back. Might get the best of that rival this time. 1-ETCHED IN STONE returns to the main track. Heís been competing on synthetic tracks and turf courses lately but he did break his maiden here last year. Could pull it all together in his return to Hawthorne.
5-FIVE QUEENS drops off the claim. Sheís been in good form much of the year and is coming off a victory. Could make it two in a row with the drop to this level. 3-LAPIS STORM might be the quickest of these. She was claimed back from last after these connections lost her early in the year. Her homecoming race could be a winning one. 4-FLYING BUSINESS just beat similar. She had been improving in every recent race and everything clicked in last. Would be no surprise if she wound up back in the winnerís circle.
SIMULCASTING FOR: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2021
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Post Time: 1:00 pm
1st 6 Gutter Slim 7 Wild Firemaker 1 Commander Scott
2nd 8 Mangelsen 1 Sharpendup 4 Frankincense
3rd 4 Makati Phil 5 My Little Flaco 1 Chambliss
4th 7 Money Well Spent 8 Duepeg 9 Spider Legs
5th 2 Majestic Union 4 Chrome Racer 6 Prima Ballerina
6th 4 Ylikedis 2 Stillchargingmaria 6 Princess Theorem
7th 6 Tiz Of Thee 5 BossíDialin In 4 Midnight Hurricane
8th 5 Real Money 6 Excess Magic 4 Seven Scents
9th 4 Bouldering 6 Helaire 10 All Mike No Mae
Post Time: 5:20 pm
1st T 6 Scirocco Patrick 7 Chief Justice 4 Crazy Cat
2nd P 7 Vh Princess Brea 6 Lookatmyart 5 Gottalovemyshadow
3rd T 1 HL Revina 2 Titans Hope 3 Jule Magician
4th T 3 Circle Of Life As 1 Spree 4 Shinkansen
5th P 3 Watchmeneighneigh 9 Topville Cruiser 10 Jeffís Journey
6th P 4 Northern Storm 3 Skyy 1 Off The Record
7th P 10 Fernado 9 R Maddy Blue Chip 8 Pirates Alley
8th P 2 April Ava 4 Morning Has Broken 8 Beyond Words N
9th T 7 Hellexotic 4 Double Account 3 Stormont Ventnor
10th P 4 Heavens Showgirl A 8 Marloe Hanover 2 Demeter N
11th P 2 Deedenuto A 4 Chicken Nugget 6 Gibus
12th P 5 Rockin Rambaran 3 Walleywalleyinfree 4 Big Sweep Osborne
Post Time: 6:00 pm
1st P 8 Sauble Amber 4 Windsun Shiraz 2 Intothemysticmoon
2nd P 6 Feisty Like Fire 1 Katies Bet 7 Born A Rebel
3rd P 5 Nectar 6 Kat 7 Sunday Afternoon
4th P 2 Diamond Rock 3 Sonic Flare 7 William Ross
5th P 1 Pull Me Through 2 Lady Akila 3 Write One
6th P 8 A Boy Named Suzzz 1 Luke And Duke 5 Spectrum Seelster
7th T 10 Wheeling The Cash 6 Cash Hudson 5 Rubys Are Nice
8th P 8 Twin B Tipster 2 Lady Rocknrolla 4 Trafalgar
9th P 2 Texas Miki 4 Rocknrolls Shadow 6 Flash Tothe Finish
10th T 2 Buzz 9 Nylander 1 Meadowbranch Noble
11th P 6 This Dragon Rocks 5 Mia Culpa 1 Custard Lite