09/17/2013 1:39PM

Belmont: Street Secret tunes up for Turnback the Alarm in Parlo Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Street Secret ran well on turf early in her career, but will focus on dirt routes this fall, starting with Thursday's Parlo at Belmont.

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ELMONT, N.Y. – When Street Secret came to Chad Brown’s barn, it looked like she would be another one to add to his deep roster of potential turf stakes fillies and mares.

But Street Secret has proven to be perhaps a shade better on dirt, and with an eye toward next month’s Turnback the Alarm, Brown will prep Street Secret in Thursday’s $100,000 Parlo Stakes at Belmont Park.

After a win and a third in two turf starts by Street Secret, Brown tried her on dirt in the Open Mind Stakes at Belmont in June. Street Secret seized the initiative from expected pacesetter Mischief Maker and scored a 1 3/4-length front-running victory. In her most recent start, the Alada Stakes going 1 1/8 miles in the slop at Saratoga, Street Secret finished second to Flashy American, who came back to win the Locust Grove at Churchill Downs in her next start. Lady Cohiba, who finished third in the Alada, won the off-the-turf Glens Falls Handicap in her next start, a race from which Street Secret scratched.

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“I thought she would appreciate just a little more time,” Brown said, explaining why he scratched from the Glens Fall. “This looks like a good spot [to prep] for the Turnback the Alarm.”

The Turnback the Alarm is a Grade 3, $200,000 event run on Oct. 26 at the same 1 1/16-mile distance as the Parlo.

Javier Castellano will ride Street Secret from post 5 in the Parlo, one slot outside of her toughest rival, Onepointhreekarats, who ships up from Delaware for Graham Motion off a front-running victory in the Unbridled Belle Stakes at Delaware. Onepointhreekarats won despite drifting out in the stretch. John Velazquez has the call.

Motion decided to run Onepointhreekarats in here after the race was postponed by a week due to lack of entries. While Onepointhreekarats has had success being forwardly placed, Motion said, “The big thing with her is to let her run her race. I don’t think it’s huge she has to be on the lead.”

Moon Philly and Sea Island, fourth and sixth in the Alada Stakes, and Roman Invader, complete the field.

Readtheprospectus preps

After missing the summer due to quarter cracks, Readtheprospectus returns for a fall campaign that starts in Thursday’s Spite the Devil Stakes for New York-breds at one mile. Brown is hoping to use the race as stepping-stone to the $250,000 Empire Classic for New York-breds at 1 1/8 miles on Oct. 19.

Readtheprospectus has won six consecutive races, a streak that began last October on the turf and has included, most recently, the Commentator Stakes over Belmont’s main track on June 1.

“He needed a little break for issues with quarter cracks,” Brown said. “We seem to have his feet in order and he’s training well, but that looks like a solid spot. I think there are some hard hitters in there. It’s not an easy spot for him.”

There does appear to be ample speed in the Spite the Devil with Brigand, getting blinkers back on, Most Happy Fella, and Night Maneuver in the field.

Two starts back, Night Maneuver won a second-level allowance race by 5 3/4 lengths gong seven furlongs at Saratoga, earning a 105 Beyer Speed Figure. He came back in the Chowders First Stakes, where he finished third behind Palace and The Lumber Guy. Night Maneuver is 3 for 4 at Belmont.

“I think he was a little too close to the pace last time, chasing that strong half,” trainer Gary Contessa said. “I’m not positive where this horse is at going a mile, it could be at the extreme end of what he wants to do. A lot of sprinters get that one-turn mile at Belmont, so hopefully he does.”

Zetterholm, Abilio, Bigger Is Bettor, and Spa City Fever complete the field.