No Laughing Matter - Little Red Feather Race Recap (01.27.20)
Posted by Billy Koch on January 27, 2020
It was an uncharacteristically quiet weekend for Little Red Feather racing as only two horses faced the starter and, unfortunately, neither hit the board.
On Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita, SHANDLING (above) stretched out to two turns for the first time in a first condition allowance race for trainer Phil D'Amato. Apprentice Jorge Velez was aboard the 4yo Distorted Humor gelding, who sped to the lead, set fast fractions, and battled down the lane before tiring to finish fourth, beaten only two lengths in the end (race replay).
Shandling, who broke his maiden two back at five and a half furlongs during the Del Mar fall meet, earned a career best 80 Beyer Speed Figure for his effort. The improving Shandling should be seen in mid-February at Santa Anita under similar race conditions and will be double tough with this race under his belt.
LRF also ventured to Oaklawn Park on Saturday afternoon as DUBNATION (above) faced off against $25kN2L types in Hot Springs. Trained by Phil D'Amato and ridden by Tyler Baze, the 5yo Lucky Pulpit gelding took a while to get going in the six furlong sprint but rallied in the lane to nab fifth. Dubnation is another horse sitting on a big race now that he's had a race over the tricky Oaklawn
Two Richie Baltas fillies will likely start for LRF next weekend. On Friday, Velvet Queen - who just missed last time out - tries first condition allowance fillies and mares at Santa Anita. We're hopeful recent winner Opus Won will run in a two other than allowance race over the weekend.
Only a few shares remain in LRF's first private purchase of 2020, talented Irish bred 3yo Mecklenburg (IRE) (below). Limited shares remain in this colt, who was an impressive winner of his 2020 campaign at Dundalk receiving a 78p Timeform rating in the process (race replay). Interested in finding out more about getting involved with this racing prospect, please let us know.
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