07/12/2006 11:00PM

Claiming Crown Jewel preview


Come On Chas boasts a record of 8-4-1-0 when making the turf to dirt move, and he'll return to his preferred surface for the Claiming Crown Jewel. The gray gelding has kept good company this season, and trainer Larry Rivelli is having an excellent 2006. Come On Chas will have to overcome a slow pace at Canterbury on Saturday, but the hard-charging gelding will offer value at 4-1 odds or more.

Sandburr seeks his fourth straight victory, and he is batting .600 at this distance. He's another late-runner that may need to be closer to the pace, however. Sandburr earned a big 99 Beyer Speed Figure going a one-turn mile at Arlington two back, and anything close to that race would make him a prime contender.

Sinners N Saints earned a triple-digit Beyer at Monmouth last time, but he seemed to wait on horses a bit when he drew even with the leaders in midstretch. He has been placed in great spots this year by Richard Dutrow Jr., and has the tactical speed to grab the bull by the horns from the get-go.

Me My Mine also may show early speed shipping in from Northern California. The hard-hitting campaigner was claimed on six separate occasions over the past year, and is another runner that loves going turf to dirt.

1. Come On Chas
2. Sandburr
Sinners N Saints