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Filly Ring for Maddie Playable Next Time She Goes; Strong After The Wire Gallop Out Noted at Woodbine

By Warren Eves

We found a nugget while reviewing the August 27th eight-race card at Woodbine.

A maiden three-year-old filly named Run for Maddie is playable when she re-surfaces. Here’s why.

It was a maiden special weight race at six furlongs on their all weather surface.  After several looks I nearly put Olympic Talent on my playback list.  She came in after about 50 yards and bothered second foes, was hung wide, and kept digging when beat to be second to the wire.

As most of you know I spend a lot of time looking at the head-on view when doing trip notes. This time around, however, it was what happened after the finish wire that got my attention.

Ring for Maddie was crowded after 50 yards by Olympic Talent and fell out last.  Sixth early she was fifth and wide into the lane. She finished gaining to be a no threat third.  After the finish she galloped right on by Olympic Talent and was with the wire-to-wire winner on the turn when Sheena Ryan got her pulled up.

Ms. Ryan claimed foul. The stewards, on review, did the right thing by moving Ring for Maddie up to second and disqualifying Olympic Talent from second to third. It was nice to see the stewards get something right.

Since it was only the second start for Ring for Maddie, I think one should feel confident when trainer Conrad Belaire brings the three-year-old filly back.

As Noted took the field wire to wire in the race and posted a winning final time of 1:11.91. As a rule I go for races where the FF(final fraction) is better than 13.04 but I simply could not overlook the manner which Ring for Maddie galloped out.

Notes scribbled across my official program–The opening day first race at Saratoga saw the main oval definitely on the “dull” side.  The turf course?  Just the opposite. It was firm and saw some sizzling late fractions posted…………..In the sixth race on the day we liked the effort of a first time starter named The Lewis Dinner.  This is a New York-bred son of Posse out of a mare named Nick’s Honor. They bought her at the Ocala Sales for $50,000 and I’d have to venture a guess trainer Rudy Rodriguez and owners would not take $100,000 after her debut. The leggy runner was not quick early. She moved up wide into fifth. The Lewis Dinner lugged out while wide losing a ton of ground on the turn. Once in the straight she rallied down the middle and was home second best.  It was the kind of run that leaves you wanting to back her the next time she faces the starter…………………….If you wondered what happened to me over the past 30 days I got sick, then my computer blew up. I got back up and am back watching replays again……….Talked with famed jockey agent Harry “The Hat” Hacek today and he’s happy to be back in his home town of Chicago.  He’s hooked up with a 27-year-old bug rider by the name of Rolando Aragon.  He won a race last week for trainer Stan Seagle and the Mike Pagano Family Stable which Hacek hooked up with before leaving Iowa where he handled jockey Ramon Vazquez……………..Speaking of jockey agents, veteran Vince DeGregory will turn 83 on Friday, Aug., 29.  He’s currently handling Fernando Perez at Del Mar racetrack and they have cracked the top ten…………My longtime friend Bob Dooley called this week.  He hit a huge price horse in the first race at Finger Lakes and was expecting at least several thousand for his 10-cent superfecta.  He didn’t even get $200.  So…….a word of warning, don’t play 10-cent supers at Finger Lakes.  The pools are simply too small for guys like Dooley who does play multiple combinations in the superfecta.

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Warren Eves
Warren Eves is a senior turf writer from the state of California who calls Pearl River, Louisiana his home. The one time editor of the Pasadena Independent Star News moved on to handle publicity for racetracks coast to coast. Eves gained his first exposure to the racetrack through a school buddy the late Art Lerille, Jr., who eventually became a trainer in California. Warren worked as farm manager for crack two-year-old trainer Ray Priddy, before holding on track jobs at the racetrack. He worked for Hall of Fame trainer M.E. "Buster" Millerick, Allen Drumheller, Jr., and Dick Moon. Eves has a well rounded background in all breeds. He developed Quarter Horse Report in 1979 with Ed Burgart, track announcer, at Los Alamitos Race Course. It was an innovative publication which revolutionized the industry with actual descriptions of the workouts. While handling publicity at Saratoga Raceway in upstate New York Eves was named employee of the year in 1970. He also handled publicity for Sunland Park, Centennial Park, Ascot Park, Thistledown, and two harness meetings in California. Eves then went into the 900-line business with his best plays and has compiled his own Kentucky Derby ratings for many years. In 1997 he began going back and forth to Las Vegas teaming up with Ralph Siraco to create the long runining radio show Raceday Las Vegas. Eves has produced and directed many horse racing shows on both radio and television. In 2010 he got a call from Mark Geiger. That's when he began writing Eves, with a reputation of a trip handicapper, is known for his video tape scrutiny. He currently monitors horse racing in for a major horseplayer. While writing for Ridder Publication at the Pasadena Star News his investigative reporting was highly regarded by his peers. Often on the cutting edge, Eves has been given the green light to write about what issues he sees fit to cover. Have a question. His book "Hold All Tickets" is soon to be made available for those who come to this site. It's a factual account of actual events and happenings that took place in the 70s, 80s and 90s. If Warren doesn't know the answer to a question you may have, he'll tell you up front. Eves won't drop it there, however, he'll find someone who knows the answer and get back to you.


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