And now to the 2nd tier of IMPORTED
turf trainers on the Southern California circuit. Before proceeding,
please be aware that the 2nd tier trainers are fully
capable of winning races. They simply don’t
belong on the “A/B” list.
the other hand, EXTREME CAUTION should be exercised
when employing the 3rd tier imported turf conditioners.
Their wins are very few and very far between and you better
be getting a “fantastic” mutuel reward for financially
backing them before risking your hard earned cash! We’ll get to them
the 2nd tier:
CECIL (C) Ben is a former assistant trainer of the late Rodney Rash
and is married to Jenine Sahadi (that alone would be ample reason
to fear his runners in certain “imported” situations). Along with Ian
Jory and Kathy Walsh listed directly below, Ben heads up the better
of the 2nd tier IMPORTED turf trainers.
very recently lost the entire Gary Tanaka stock----for who knows
why, as they aren’t exactly setting the world on fire
in their new barns. He’s currently “rebuilding”
his entire stable and it will take some time for him to get back to
his normal strength. But when he does, he’ll once again begin winning
at his normal clip.
first thing I’ve always noticed about Ben’s runners is that they are
well taken care of. Very rarely does Ben bring a horse to the paddock
in need of flesh and/or muscle or vitamins. If they aren’t close to
being in racing shape, most likely they are laid up on the farm awaiting
a handicapper’s and/or wagering standpoint, the time to bet
Ben is unquestionably off extended
layoffs of 120 of more days. Lasix
is a necessary must as well as an uninterrupted
and evenly-spaced worktab. Frequently these worktabs
are sprinkled with 2 turn workouts of a mile, which only adds your favorite
“icing” to the cake. His returnees rarely come up “short” no matter
what the distance of the race.
be afraid to bet him off a layoff (with lasix) if he’s not facing any
of the “bigger” boys who might also have their runners in top shape.
If any of the “A” list runners looks the part in any given race, Ben’s
horse is usually 2nd best----not because Ben can’t train,
but rather due to the intrinsic quality of the comparative runners.
JORY (C-) While perhaps not bringing in as many as others, Jory
does import his fair share. How does he do? Obviously not as well
as my “A/B list”, but he does win races now and then with
imports in the lower level allowance races and cheaper 40 and 50K claiming
races. I can’t remember any “Graded” imported turf winners from this
barn, so unless I’ve missed something in the past 9 years on this Southern
California circuit, handicappers would be best served sticking with
the cheaper races if considering a Jory-trained imported turf runner
at the mutuel windows.
thing I must complement Ian Jory on is that his horses always
seem to have both good flesh and color, strongly
indicating that he cares greatly about his shed row and that they get
the best of everything. In fact, if he imported better stock
from overseas, he’d win mores races as he does know
how to train.
of his major drawbacks is his use of 2nd and
3rd tier riders who often not
only cost him 2nd and 3rd slot placings,
but frequently the race itself! Brice Blanc’s frequent
and incompetent mindless rides quickly come to mind.
when he uses “capable” riders, he’s usually quite serious and the import’s
worktabs are excellent. Whenever he uses a “Brice Blanc” type rider,
keep in mind that you’ll be correct in tossing this specific horse
out 95 times out of 100, as his inferior riders
greatly hinder positive outcomes!
WALSH (C-) Brings imports nearly all of her stock, but most
are problematic and/or a tad “cheap” and in search
of “legal” drugging in the form of both “bute” and lasix.
After watching her for a number of years, I must admit it’s hard to
get a “handle” on her stateside debuters outside of the fact that very
few win in their initial U.S. outings and seem to be raced
a wagering standpoint, if she’s in with any of the “big boys” in any
turf affair, she’s rarely anything more than an also-ran!
However, when turfing with the 2nd tier of turf trainers,
she can hold her own and has beaten me on more than once occasion in
wouldn’t worry about her entire barn in
“Graded” affairs on the major Southern California circuit, but up North
in the “Bay” area, she suddenly becomes Bobby Frankel or Neil Drysdale.
She’s a much stronger “player” in the “Bay Area” with
her less expensive stock that suddenly don’t look all that bad against
has-beens that can’t even walk, let alone run!
uses a lot of different 2nd and 3rd tier riders
as does Jory and like Ian, if you see a “name” rider on
any of her mounts, most likely that runner will run perform well on
that specific afternoon.
have 2 major “knocks” on Ms. Kathy Walsh.
off, she’s an overachiever with EVERY
SINGLE ONE of her imports. She continually races them way
over their heads in hopes of every other horse falling down
during the race except hers, which will somehow land her in the winner’s
I’ve seen her bring undeniably “unsound” horses
to the paddock positively knowing that the track veterinarian
is always under strict instructions that everybody entered
actually runs to keep these 5 and 6 horse fields intact
so that there is no negative impact on the track’s mutuel handle. And
unless the horse in question breaks a leg in the pre-race warm-up (if
in fact the animal in question ever receives any kind
of a pre-race warm-up at all) he races along with any other “questionably
4 NEXT WEEK-----IMPORTED TURF TRAINERS TO STAY AWAY FROM!