03/24/2010 12:00AM

Banker's Buy heads Friday feature


The last time the New York-bred Banker's Buy stepped into stakes company she had the misfortune of running into Unrivaled Belle, finishing second to that quality filly in the Real Prize Stakes last October at Belmont. Unrivaled Belle won last weekend's Grade 3 Rampart Handicap at Gulfstream.

Friday's open first-level allowance race does not have a mare the caliber of Unrivaled Belle, which should make Banker's Buy a short-priced favorite in the one-mile race. Banker's Buy is 2 for 2 over the inner track, including a nose victory in a New York-bred second-level allowance on Feb. 14.

La Vida Vino has won three in a row over the inner track and steps up in class while Dancing Daisy, a winner of two of her last three starts in New York-bred company, looks like the best closer in the field.

Hour Glass likely to Distaff

Hour Glass, the 1 1/2-length winner of Sunday's Wheel Turns Stakes, will likely make her next start in the Grade 2, $150,000 Distaff Handicap at seven furlongs over the main track on April 17.

Hour Glass rallied from mid-pack to run down a loose-on-the-lead Lights Off Annie in the final 70 yards to take the Wheel Turns. She ran six furlongs in 1:09.94 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 96.

"The filly on the lead got an easy lead and we were trying to run her down and I was very concerned if we were going to get there," said Jonathan Thomas, the assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. "We got the job done but I didn't think it was a monster effort."