01/16/2011 5:55PM

Oaklawn: Henshin Hero, Dryfly return in Race 7


Henshin Hero, who came to hand over the Oaklawn Park meet a year ago when he won a pair of $40,000 optional claiming allowances, will make his 4-year-old debut in the seventh race. The $65,000 optional claiming sprint is for 4-year-olds and up and it also serves as the first start of the year for Dryfly, the winner of the $100,000 Smarty Jones last season at Oaklawn.

Adding further depth to the field is Manito, a half-brother to millionaire sprinter Chindi who has won his last three starts, the latest a $40,000 optional claiming allowance at Delaware Park wtih a Beyer Figure of 100.

Bret Calhoun trains Henshin Hero and said he would like to see the horse develop into a candidate for some of the sprint stakes this meet. Dryfly, meanwhile, registered his most significant race at two turns in the Smarty Jones, and it will be interesting to see what direction trainer Lynn Whiting ultimately goes with the son of the A.P. Indy stallion Jump Start. Perhaps Dryfly will develop into a middle distance kind of horse, judging from his efforts in the one-mile Smarty Jones and a seven-furlong allowance at Churchill Downs.