11/15/2008 10:37AM

Saturday stakes opinions


Here are a couple of quick opinions on today's stakes races:

Audrey Skirball-Kenis:

I absolutely loved Solar Miss at Oak Tree, and she ran dead last.  I absolutely like her in the Skirball-Kenis later this afternoon.  She kicked like a mule two starts back at Del Mar under Garrett Gomez, and is reunited with Go-Go for this engagement.  Solar Miss should get some pace to attack, and trainer Kathy Walsh thought enough of her charge to supplement her to this race.  What happened last time?  I don't know.  Perhaps she had to be closer to the early pace due to the slow fractions, or perhaps she needed the race in her first start off a short layoff.  What I do know is what my eyes told me at Del Mar - that Solar Miss can run a little bit, and that she can beat these horses on her 'A' race. 
Miss Singhsix is winless on turf, but she has ability, and she finished just ahead of Solar Miss in the Ramser on grass.  She's very solid from a speed figure standpoint, and just seems like a nice fit in this race
has improved with the addition of blinkers, and she gave a nice account of herself last time out in her first start against winners.  She has some tactical speed, and may work out a nice trip from her inside post
Selection:  Solar Miss

Cardinal Handicap:

I'll try to beat Callwood Dancer.  While she owns the best Beyer Speed Figures, finished ahead of four next-out winners two back in the Canadian, and was stymied by the glacial fractions in the E.P. Taylor, I wonder if she's truly cranked up for this start.  She was scheduled to be sold at Keeneland earlier in the month, but Three Chimneys Farm bought a half-interest in her prior to the sale, and she was withdrawn.  I wonder if she missed a bit of training because of the pending sale, and she'll face some good horses in this spot.  She's a contender, but I'm not keen on playing her at a short price.
I've never been a big fan of Lady Digby, but I think she ran better than it looked in the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga.  She broke from the far outside post, and Ramon Dominguez did all he could to save ground.  Unfortunately for Lady Digby and Dominguez, they were dead-last on the rail turning for home.  Lady Digby rallied through traffic late, but was no match for eventual Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare turf heroine Forever Together.  Lady Digby hasn't been out since Saratoga, but she's been working like clockwork every seven days for Graham Motion.  She looks solid here.
Selection:  Lady Digby


Can we really trust Solar Flare?  His fastest race came when second in the Suburban, but he looked like a sure winner at the quarter-pole that day only to hang badly against huge longshot Frost Giant.  He's battled injuries this year, and while he did win an optional claiming race at the Meadowlands last time out, I don't think he's worth a short price.   The Dry Martini of 2007 would be very tough to handle here as he was a multiple graded winner that season, and looked comfortable at this distance.  He missed a lot of time, but seems to be rounding back to his best form.  He goes turf-to-dirt, and should offer some value.  Ravel suffered a serious eye injury earlier in the year, raced wide to nowhere at Saratoga, then was completely overmatched against Curlin in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.  He'll appreciate the drop in class, and the addition of blinkers could very well help this once-hyped horse reach his true potential.
Selection:  Dry Martini

More importantly, who do you fancy this weekend?  I'd like to know.

Best of luck.