Friday, January 11, 2019

Assiniboia Downs The Insider E-Newsletter

Insider Special

By Ivan Bigg


Weekly Horseplayer Report and Fun Stuff

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Escape Clause with owner/trainer Don Schnell: First dirt test at Santa Anita tomorrow (Justin Samanski-Langille/Winnipeg Free Press photo)

Manitoba's super-mare set to race tomorrow (Saturday)

Has the highest speed figure of seven in a $100,000 stakes race at Santa Anita

Escape Clause will put her 112 Equibase speed figure on the line tomorrow in a stakes race at Santa Anita in which her six rivals have a speed figure of 108 or less.

Manitoba’s super horse, who turned 5 on Jan. 1, begins her racing career as a mare in the $100,000 La Canada Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile route on the dirt. It is the eighth race on a nine-race card that begins at 2:30 p.m. Winnipeg time.

She will face four fillies and two mares in the race and is the 5-2 morning-line favourite. All are Kentucky-breds except her, of course, and True Royalty who has Florida breeding. Tyler Baze will ride. He was owner/trainer Don Schnell’s first choice after Escape Clause had a troubled trip with Ruben Fuentes aboard for the Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 29. 

Her entry in tomorrow’s stakes marks the first time she will be racing on the Santa Anita dirt track. Her previous start at Santa, in which she finished fourth, was on the turf. And her two California starts before that, in which she was first and third at Del Mar, were on the grass. Her 112 speed figure came in her last race despite an erratic trip.

$2.95 during Crazy Hour if Escape Clause wins
IF SHE WINS, IT WILL BE CRAZY HOUR IN THE CLUBHOUSE! If Escape Clause wins the La Canada Stakes (and isn’t that a perfectly-named stakes for a Manitoba-bred horse to win?), it will be Crazy Hour in the Clubhouse to celebrate--with beer, wine, shots for just $2.95 and half-price appetizers! The race goes off at about 6 p.m. Winnipeg time.

(in post position order) with Equibase speed figures:
  1. Exuberance –4-year-old filly—career-best Equibase speed figure 94
  2. Stradella Road —4-year-old—102 E fig
  3. Lemoona —4-year-old—105 E fig
  4. True Royalty —4-year-old—98 E fig
  5. Bernina Star —5-year-old—108 E fig
  6. Escape Clause —5-year-old— 112 E fig
  7. K P Wildcat —6-year-old—101 E fig


The Escape Clause race will be the fifth leg of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 at Santa Anita and the third leg of the late pick-4.

See you back here Thursday with the regular Insider,
hopefully with “Manitoba-proud” news!

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