11/06/2017 1:26PM

Al Kohr fresh for allowance feature

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After showing a lot of promise in his first two starts at Gulfstream Park in the spring, Al Khor wasn’t much of a factor when he faced winners for the first time in a first-level allowance race with a $20,000 claiming option July 21 at Monmouth Park.

He’ll try to get back on track in a one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up that will serve as Thursday’s feature at Gulfstream Park West.

The Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old has good tactical speed and should get a nice trip breaking from the rail in the first-level allowance race that has a $16,000 claiming option .

Al Khor stalked the pace before finishing second behind next-out allowance winner Command Post when he debuted in a one-mile maiden special weight race April 15. Al Khor came back to pay $2.20 for his victory over Mr Atila in a one-mile maiden special weight race May 27.

He was in a stalking position early in his race at Monmouth, but like the rest of the field, he couldn’t keep up with Midnight Cello, who drew off to win the race at one mile and 70 yards by 11 1/4 lengths over Flowers for Lisa. Including Midnight Cello, the race produced three next-out winners, most notably Flowers for Lisa, who earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure in winning a $30,000 optional-claiming race with second-level allowance conditions Aug. 26 at Monmouth.

Tyler Gaffalione, who was aboard for Al Khor’s maiden win, has the mount.

KEY CONTENDERS

Al Khor, by Bodemeister
Last 3 Beyers: 70-73-82

◗ The Beyer he earned in his debut is the best figure in the field, so we know he can fire fresh. Plus, he has been training forwardly at Palm Beach Downs for Pletcher, who over the past five years at Calder/Gulfstream Park West has a 43 percent strike rate and a $2.42 ROI with horses coming back in 61 to 180 days.

Prince Tito, by Pioneerof the Nile
Last 3 Beyers: 78-66-69

◗ Trained by Gustavo Delgado, he made up almost 14 lengths in the final three furlongs when he was the runner-up at this level going seven furlongs over a sloppy track Oct. 21.

◗ He could be sitting on a big effort in his second start at the Miami Gardens oval, and it is encouraging to see Emisael Jaramillo keep the faith after riding him the first time.

Top of the Page, by Parading
Last 3 Beyers: 75-75-75

◗ The four-time winner trained by Armando De la cerda is coming off a fifth-place finish on the grass in the $40,000 Captain Tony’s Stakes, won by D’craziness, who got the hat trick when he repeated in a $25,000 starter race on turf Sunday.

◗ De la cerda has solid numbers with horses moving from turf to dirt. The last time Top of the Page ran on the main track, he finished third in a $25,000 optional-claiming race July 30 at Gulfstream.