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SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND

Posted by on 12/4/2013 8:23:29 PM

After some bad days at the office, or the racetrack, some online sports betting site players can turn to Matthew in the Bible and locate the verse, seek and ye shall find, and those that looked hard enough at Hollywood Park last Sunday would have found a winning ticket.

The Grade 1 $250,000 Hollywood Derby was the vehicle and Seek Again was the star.

The sophomore son of Speightstown did something in his debut all fans should respect and that is he won at first asking against 18 rivals going the demanding distance of 7 furlongs.

Any horse that can win in that large a field, no matter where in the world, can run.

The colt, which is trained by John Gosden, a Calfornia fixture for years, followed them up with a loss as chalk but rebounded winning his 2013 debut. Prior to the Hollywood Derby, Seek Again won his European start at York winning at 9 furlongs on grass as the tepid chalk.

I’ve never been a big proponent of weight, it seemed to be much more important in days gone bye, but he carried 131 at York and only was assigned 122 last weekend.

In the Derby, Corey Nakatani, who rides on the grass as well as any pilot in America, let Seek Again settle third to last, rode the rails and saved ground early in the race.

He asked the horse to move racing to the top of the lane and had the lead just past the 8th pole and from there it was just a matter of by how many lengths. He was awarded a 93 Beyer Speed Figure.

Considering Seek Again did not clear quarantine until Saturday, his win was even more impressive.

His rider recounts his perspective, Nakatani: “I was extremely confident. Any time you see the Juddmonte colors and a horse shipping from England, you know they're going to have a big turn of foot and it's just a matter if they can handle the tighter turns. He seemed to handle it. (Gosden) said he had trained him on the left-handed tracks before shipping him here. My main thing was to try to get him into a rhythm, get him to break decently and get him in a rhythm. (Gosden) told me he had missed the break a couple of times and left himself with way too much to do. My main concern was to try to have a spot to run at and not get him stopped.”

The blood is there for Seek Again to mature with grace. His dam was a Grade 1 winner on grass and banked over $500,000 and his half brother Treble Jig won 9 of 24 in his career and earned nearly $450,000.

The 2014 season should be solid for Seek Again. The runner will be transferred into the Hall of Fame hands of Bill Mott and he should have a highly successful season back East.

Circle this runner and put him on the top of the horses to watch list.

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