Neon Lights (IRE): Rallied Strongly Down the Lane And Just Missed By A Head Bob

Three year old gelding for Steve Knapp made his 3rd career start and 2nd off a layoff on Saturday in this maiden special weight affair for 3 and up at ¾ on the green. Off at 9/1 in a field of 9, he broke well under Pereira and laid 3rd down the back side about five lengths off the pace. He went after the leaders at the ¼ pole, rallied strongly down the lane and just missed getting up at the wire, losing a head bob. It was a strong performance for this Irish bred and his next start will be his 3rd off a layoff, often a horse’s best performance. He is sitting on a victory for the red hot duo of Pereira/Knapp.

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Neon Lights (IRE)’s Race Information

Race Date:  May 13, 2023 Track:  Santa Anita Race #:  5
Distance:  6 Furlongs Conditions: maiden special weight Surface: Turf
Trainer:  Steve Knapp Jockey:  Tiago Pereira Track Condition:  FIRM
Trouble Notes:  slight hop, stalked, 2wide, impeded upper, late surge, missed Track Variant:  +4
Finish Position: 2nd Win Payout:  0 Place: Payout:  $ 8.80 Show Payout:  $ 3.40

Race Replay

Neon Lights (IRE) – Santa Anita –  May 13, 2023

Neon Lights (IRE) Performance Figures Earned

Race Condition Pars Neon Lights (IRE) Figures Earned
Race Class Level:  140 Running Style In Race:  Front Runner
Final Time Rating Par: 150 Final Time Rating: 120
CPR Race Par:  110 CPR Earned In Race: 115
Fast Fig Race Par:  122 Fast Fig In Race:
Key Race Winners: 0 Running Style In Race:   Front Runner
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Generally horses that are on the Horses To Watch list ran into unexpected trouble, bad luck, and/or didn’t run the race we believe Neon Lights (IRE) was cabable of.  We expected that if Neon Lights (IRE) gets a good trip in their next start than we should see an improvement in Neon Lights (IRE) performance figures.  Use the performance figures earned in Neon Lights (IRE) last race (listed above) and compare them to the field and pars of Neon Lights (IRE) next start.  If Neon Lights (IRE) appears to have earned higher performance figures in the last race when running into trouble  as compared to the rest of the field’s expected perfomance in the upcoming race than there is a good chance that Neon Lights (IRE) will dominate the race.

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