Mecklenburg (IRE): Front Runner With Bad Start Costing Him a Chance and Can Rebound

Six year old gelding for Jeff Mullins made the third start off an 11 month break in the finale on Sunday in a 2nd allowance condition at 9 furlongs on the turf. Off at 5/1 in a field of 8, he stumbled badly at the start under Ricky Gonzalez, was away dead last and spotted the field six lengths right off the bat. He rushed up from the outside to reach contention into the clubhouse turn, got up to second by the half mile pole, and hung in there until the 1/8 pole, and then had nothing left. He finished last beaten six at the wire. He is a front runner who was well meant today but the bad start cost him all chance. He can rebound at this level with a clean break

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Mecklenburg (IRE)’s Race Information

Race Date:  January 8, 2023 Track:  Santa Anita Race #:  9
Distance:  9 Furlongs Conditions: allowance optional claiming Surface: Turf
Trainer:  Jeff Mullins Jockey:  Ricardo Gonzalez Track Condition:  FIRM
Trouble Notes:  stumbled badly, pulled, 4wide, 3wide, weakened Track Variant:  -2
Finish Position: 8th Win Payout:  0 Place: Payout:  0 Show Payout:  0

Race Replay

Mecklenburg (IRE) – Santa Anita –  January 8, 2023

Mecklenburg (IRE) Performance Figures Earned

Race Condition Pars Mecklenburg (IRE) Figures Earned
Race Class Level:  170 Running Style In Race:  Mid Pack Runner
Final Time Rating Par: 150 Final Time Rating: 125
CPR Race Par:  134 CPR Earned In Race: 114
Fast Fig Race Par:  0 Fast Fig In Race:
Key Race Winners: 1 Running Style In Race:   Mid Pack Runner
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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 Mecklenburg (IRE) was cabable of.  We expected that if Mecklenburg (IRE) gets a good trip in their next start than we should see an improvement in Mecklenburg (IRE) performance figures.  Use the performance figures earned in Mecklenburg (IRE) last race (listed above) and compare them to the field and pars of Mecklenburg (IRE) next start.  If Mecklenburg (IRE) 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 Mecklenburg (IRE) will dominate the race.

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