Pony Express: This Half Million Dollar Son of Gun Runner Should Have Not Trouble in 1st ALW

Three year old colt for John Sadler made the 3rd start of his career and 2nd at a route on Saturday in a maiden special weight at a mile and a sixteenth on the main. Off at 8/1 in a field of 8, he took advantage of his rail post and went right for the lead under Rispoli. In a field with not much speed, he secured the lead into and out of the clubhouse turn with a first quarter in 22.83. He opened up two at the half mile, had three on the field at the ¼ pole, and nobody was coming, so he strolled on home to win by 8 while geared down. The main track was favoring speed on Saturday which certainly helped his cause, but he still had some nice horses behind him. They paid a half million for this son of Gun Runner at the Keeneland yearling sale so he was cut out to be a runner. He should have no trouble with the first allowance condition down at Del Mar.

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Pony Express’s Race Information

Race Date:  June 15, 2024 Track:  Santa Anita Race #:  8
Distance:  8.5 Furlongs Conditions: maiden special weight Surface: Dirt
Trainer:  John Sadler Jockey:  Umberto Rispoli Track Condition:  FAST
Trouble Notes:  pace inside, shook free 5/16, ridden out Track Variant:  +4
Finish Position: 1st Win Payout:  $ 19.60 Place: Payout:  $ 9.80 Show Payout:  $ 5.20

Race Replay

Pony Express – Santa Anita –  June 15, 2024

Pony Express Performance Figures Earned

Race Condition Pars Pony Express Figures Earned
Race Class Level:  140 Running Style In Race:  Unknown
Final Time Rating Par: 150 Final Time Rating: 141
CPR Race Par:  137 CPR Earned In Race: 137
Fast Fig Race Par:  0 Fast Fig In Race:
Key Race Winners: 0 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 Pony Express was cabable of.  We expected that if Pony Express gets a good trip in their next start than we should see an improvement in Pony Express performance figures.  Use the performance figures earned in Pony Express last race (listed above) and compare them to the field and pars of Pony Express next start.  If Pony Express 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 Pony Express will dominate the race.

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