Book Smart: Made Every Pole a Winning One

Four year old gelding for Bob Hess Jr., who he just claimed five weeks ago, couldn’t be any sharper than he is right now. Entered for the 1st allowance condition for Cal breds on Sunday in a field of six, he was gunning for his 3rd straight victory at ¾ on the main. Off as the 3/2 choice, he made every pole a winning one today blitzing the field with fractions of 21.48 and 43.71 for the half. He had four on the field at the 3/8 pole, 4 on the field at the 1/8 pole, then eased on home to win by two in 1:08.92. There were some other speedballs in this field, but they just couldn’t keep up with this gelding, even though they were “sent” from the start. He can handle the lawn as well and with Cal breds, once you win the 1st condition allowance, you can enter for the same condition just by switching surfaces. They won’t catch him at 5/8 on the turf and Geovanni Franco handles him perfectly.

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Book Smart’s Race Information

Race Date:  November 12, 2023 Track:  Del Mar Race #:  6
Distance:  6 Furlongs Conditions: allowance optional claiming Surface: Dirt
Trainer:  Robert Hess, Jr. Jockey:  Geovanni Franco Track Condition:  FAST
Trouble Notes:  pace, kicked clear turn, kept to task Track Variant:  +8
Finish Position: 1st Win Payout:  $ 5.00 Place: Payout:  $ 2.80 Show Payout:  $ 2.40

Race Replay

Book Smart – Del Mar –  November 12, 2023

Book Smart Performance Figures Earned

Race Condition Pars Book Smart Figures Earned
Race Class Level:  145 Running Style In Race:  Unknown
Final Time Rating Par: 150 Final Time Rating: 131
CPR Race Par:  120 CPR Earned In Race: 114
Fast Fig Race Par:  122 Fast Fig In Race:
Key Race Winners: 1 Running Style In Race:   Unknown
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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 Book Smart was cabable of.  We expected that if Book Smart gets a good trip in their next start than we should see an improvement in Book Smart performance figures.  Use the performance figures earned in Book Smart last race (listed above) and compare them to the field and pars of Book Smart next start.  If Book Smart 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 Book Smart will dominate the race.

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