Friday, May 6, 2011
Tokyo 11 Race.....#8 Target Machine. Pulling the trigger on Target. Tomorrow I will stake my largest wager of the year on a horse that came in LAST his previous race. Still a top 5 pick according to the morning line, the betting public is throwing out this race and wagering his talents will resurface themselves once again come post time. Trainer Munakata has worked the last two months on getting Targets tension level down. " He couldn't relax in the Yayoi" stressed the trainer so jockey Tanaka had no choice but to let him run. From March 25th until April 14th, Target was predominantly doing pool workouts, a common tactic to ease tension on those horses susceptible to hypersensitivity. From March 30th until May 4th he had alternated from breeze workouts to bullet workouts. The " trackman" from Keibabook and Kachi Uma both had Target as their top " On Form" horse in their respected newspapers today. The Principal Stakes only invites the winner to the Derby. A few of the horses in this race such as 10, 17,18 need more purse money to qualify so at least a top 4 finish should put them there, but not Target. He needs to win it. This has been my Derby Selection since he won on January 8th ( Elvis' birthday, long story:) and with a firm track come tomorrow I love his chances.
The Wager # 8 with 6,10,15,17,18 ￥3000 One- Way Exacta Key 1st
6,10,15,17,18 with #8 ￥1000 One -Way Exacta Key 2nd
# 8 with 6,10,15,17,18 ￥3000 Random Trifectas ( 10 tickets)
Posted by Keith Hagstrom at 6:47 PM