11/03/2010 10:00AM

Sucker for speed


If you don’t like speed, stop reading right now.

However, bettors who recognize the appeal of a longshot front-runner will hope claiming sprinter Nina Fever draws in from the also-eligible list Friday in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Can she stay a mile on grass against top company? Probably not.

But Nina Fever has won four straight, she won her only start on grass, and her first-crop sire Borrego won two Grade 1’s at a mile and a quarter. Nina Fever is 20-1 on the Daily Racing Form line, and 30-1 on the track line. Now, if she can just scratch in.

Indian Gracey drew the rail in the Juvenile Fillies, which means she must use her speed. One-two at the first pace call all four starts, she actually figures as a top contender. Although DRF lists her at 6-1, she is 15-1 on the track line. Wouldn’t that be nice?

If Wesley Ward-trained filly Nina Fever is qualified to outrun her odds Friday, then so is Ward-trained gelding Madman Diaries on Saturday in the Juvenile Turf.

Madman Diaries probably is compromised by the one-mile distance. He is bred short on both sides. He was sired by Bring the Heat, and produced by an unraced daughter of 1993 BC Sprint runner-up Meafara.

But sprinter Madman Diaries should make an easy lead against a field that came up short on pace. Can he be long gone at the DRF price of 20-1? It could happen.

J P’s Gusto runs in the Juvenile, and as a son of Successful Appeal he probably will not win the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Furthermore, the Juvenile already is loaded with gas – Boys At Tosconova, J.B.’s Thunder, Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo all run up front.

The jockey on J P’s Gusto, Pat Valenzuela, typically lets speed horses rip. Is J P’s Gusto the speed of the speed, or a likely pace casualty? It probably is the latter. J P’s Gusto is listed at 8-1 by DRF. Here’s hoping he goes higher.

Sidney’s Candy is only front-runner in the Mile, billed as the strongest race of the weekend. No one will compare Sidney’s Candy to Goldikova or Gio Ponti, but he has something they do not – brilliant speed. Come and catch him at the DRF price of 12-1.

It's always fun to back a "live" longshot. There are plenty of choices in the Breeders' Cup, especially if you are a sucker for speed.

Tom Eboli More than 1 year ago
Lone speed is dangerous in any race. We have all watched "inferior" horses "steal" races because they went out to the lead and no one came after them. They turn for home in front and we start yelling for the wire! Love it! Sidneys Candy fits this bill and at a price.