Saratoga Race 10- #9 Lady Trish’s Dream
Usually, when a horse ran 9th of 11 and 11th of 12 in his or her two most recent starts, I’ll make one courtesy attempt to find an excuse before moving on to another competitor. However, in the case of Lady Trish’s Dream in the 10th race at Saratoga on Sunday, I may have identified more than one excuse and multiple reasons to include the Ken McPeek trainee as part of my wagers.
They tried to run her on the grass in her debut, but it was washed off the lawn at Keeneland. Then she was off for almost seven months before reappearing in May on a firm turf course at Churchill, registering a 63 Beyer Speed Figure while running 5th of 12 for $102k in a MSW.
The next two starts look bad on paper. But note that both were over an off turf course. And both had her piloted by Julien Leparoux, a jock I prefer to see on a front-runner, not a closer. And Lady Trish’s Dream is a confirmed closer. She picks up not just Jose Ortiz today, but also blinkers. And McPeek has racked up a pretty impressive ROI with blinkers on. What is more, he and Ortiz know how to win together.
10-1 on the morning line. And even though there isn’t a ton of speed signed on here, there is a lot to like about Lady Trish’s Dream.