Blue Dog: Showed A Lot Of Moxie Here With Some Strong Runners

Four year old gelding for Karen Headley showed a lot of moxie in breaking his maiden on Sunday against a strong band of runners. Off at 11/1 in a field of 7, he broke running under Aguilar and dueled for the lead into the clubhouse turn in this mile and a sixteenth venture for open special weight maidens. He sat just a length off the lead down the back side, stuck his nose in front at the top of the lane, but then was greeted by the favorite on his outside, who went right on by. Blue Dog looked like a dead dog at the 1/8 pole, but he found another gear, dove to the inside, and then won going away at the wire to win by a length and a half. It was a visually impressive race for this son of Carpe Diem who was making his 3rd start off a 13 month layoff. He can handle the 1st allowance condition.

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Blue Dog’s Race Information

Race Date:  April 30, 2023 Track:  Santa Anita Race #:  5
Distance:  8.5 Furlongs Conditions: maiden special weight Surface: Dirt
Trainer:  Karen Headley Jockey:  Armando Aguilar Track Condition:  FAST
Trouble Notes:  pressed outside, led late 2nd, shifted in 1/8, re-bid, bumped, up Track Variant:  +6
Finish Position: 1st Win Payout:  $ 24.80 Place: Payout:  $ 7.40 Show Payout:  $ 4.00

Race Replay

Blue Dog – Santa Anita –  April 30, 2023

Blue Dog Performance Figures Earned

Race Condition Pars Blue Dog Figures Earned
Race Class Level:  140 Running Style In Race:  Front Runner
Final Time Rating Par: 150 Final Time Rating: 125
CPR Race Par:  118 CPR Earned In Race: 119
Fast Fig Race Par:  122 Fast Fig In Race:
Key Race Winners: 1 Running Style In Race:   Front Runner
(click the links above to learn more avbout each figure and how to use them in your handicapping)

Generally horses that are on the Horses To Watch list ran into unexpected trouble, bad luck, and/or didn’t run the race we believe Blue Dog was cabable of.  We expected that if Blue Dog gets a good trip in their next start than we should see an improvement in Blue Dog performance figures.  Use the performance figures earned in Blue Dog last race (listed above) and compare them to the field and pars of Blue Dog next start.  If Blue Dog appears to have earned higher performance figures in the last race when running into trouble  as compared to the rest of the field’s expected perfomance in the upcoming race than there is a good chance that Blue Dog will dominate the race.

Helpful Tip:  So that it’s easy for you to compare a horse’s past performance, Today’s Racing Digest’s Performance Figures for upcoming races are based on how we expect the horse to perform in that race regardless of any changes in race conditions.  Learn More: