08/02/2013 12:15PM

Closer Looks: Del Mar August 3, 2013

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Race 1

Rum Point
Game maiden voyage last month when involved in a lengthy pace battle; his prolific sire won 1 of 2 and 33K while the dam won 1 of 4 and 15K; among the winning siblings is 96K earner Stepin Line.
 
Touchdownwilson
Newcomer was sired by multiple G3 type Mr. Greeley who amassed 474K and whose offspring have won 88 out of 799 debuts; the dam involved was unraced; winning siblings include 87K earner Boulder Creek.
 
Knock Em Flat
Thought good enough to be made the favorite in an added money event last month but a slow getaway hurt his cause; the sire won 4 of 6 and 148K while the dam went 1 for 9 earning 14K; this is her only foal to start; can atone at this level.
 
Quick and Silver
Beginner was sired by 393K earner Dunkirk whose progeny are 1 for 12 as far as winning their first test; the dam was without a victory in 18 attempts; among the winning siblings is 201K earner Karama.
 
Malbros
Descendants of Afleet Alex, a multiple G1 winner who notched 2.76 million, have scored in 19 out of 274 initial starts; the dam was zero for 4 lifetime; this is her only foal to make it to the starting gate; modest work tab is on view.
 
Hold Everything
This colt's sire won the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and 1.26 million in total (progeny of Corinthian have won 13 out of 181 debuts); the dam won 5 of 16 and 171K; there are no winning siblings to mention; top-notch trainer/jockey team at the helm.
 
Tanzanite Cat
Major upgrade to the latest drill from the gate; his sire won multiple G2s and 1.14 million; offspring of Grame Hall have won approximately 16 percent of their first races; the dam did not compete; winning siblings include 63K earner Hip Four Sixtynine. -Jim Kachulis

Race 2

East Sky
Statebred flopped as the chalk in his local return from the freshening and now he'll move in with cheap claimers; 5 year old did return to work well earlier in the week and maybe he's got a move forward in him from this inside draw, but he does face a tough bunch and will need to take a good step forward from his last to have a serious say in the outcome.
 
Golden Mexico (IRE)
Brings speed to the table while stepping up a notch and stretching out a half panel after failing to hold on in the meet opener; gelding moves towards the inside for this and that could make things easier for him on the front end; question him at this trip and maybe he's not this good, but they'll probably again have to come and get him to win.
 
Warrens Wild Thing
Wired a cheaper bunch in his Hollywood finale and was taken from the heat by a top outfit; he was able to canter through soft splits in that one while having not been anywhere near the lead in his prior starts and the presence of the guy to his inside won't help him secure a similar spot in here; have to side against the repeat.
 
Smokin' Cat
Hasn't been out in a year and he'll return to tackle claimers for the initial time in this spot; he has no synthetic experience, but he has been working well of late at Hollywood and the barn does do a nice job with its returnees.
 
Quiet Command
Shipper seeks his third straight score after a couple of popular turf scores in Texas; gelding didn't do much in his lone synthetic spin last fall, but he's been working over this footing for a while amd he enters this one in career best form; versatility warrants this invader a look.
 
Go to the Pulpit
Adds the hood while trying better after again being taken via the claim box, this time out of the meet's opening race; gelding wasn't bad against cheaper 2 starts back at Hollywood but he's going to need to show up with a lot more than he did last time in order to have a say in the outcome here; prefer others.
 
Big Wags
Re-claimed by a sharp outfit last time, he didn't have much to offer as the chalk on the step back up to this level; 6 year old has been given some time since the regression and he was quite good from close range in his prior couple of starts; local record leaves something to be desired, but he looks to be in a good spot to bounce back; giving him the nod to beat them home.
 
Forever Freedom
Got his neck down to defeat limited winners while sprinting in his first start of the year; lightly raced gelding tries 2 turns for the initial time here and though he boasts a solid late run, looks to be up against it against this more accomplished bunch.
 
Fear the Beard
Switches surfaces off the wide trip from an outside slot over the local sod; he's been ok on synthetic footing in the past but neither of his local main track spins was much; maybe if he gets some pace in front of him he can get in the exotics mix but don't think he's a serious win threat from out here. -Steve Grabowski

Race 3

Dress Code
Claimed off a good effort and keeps the rider which is always a good sign; Bejarano is 3-1-2-0 aboard this guy and seemingly had other options here; leaps up in class off a loss where today's 7F distance would have fit him perfectly; have to go back to February to see a bad race on his form; posted steady-DMR works for this; the 7 minor awards with one win on synthetic suggests when he does fire best it produces a supporting role.
 
Amazing Hearted
51 days since the key-debut race victory unveiling as a 5-year-old defeating the runner-up and 4th-place finishers who posted 87-63 Beyer speed figures taking BHP-DMR 50K-20K-maiden claiming wins; stays up for sale 2nd-time out for a 31%-winning jockey-trainer combo at DMR since 2012; plenty of upside here while the 7F distance off latest just-getting-up-in-time win seems well within his scope.
 
Bank the Eight
Career-best Beyer at 7F on synthetic but it occurred off a 107-day layoff and is 4-0-1-0 since; last win rider takes Dress Code for this; beat 1 runner home last summer at Del Mar in his only race over the track; the 3-back show runner Beyered 89 in his next-out SA-100K stakes win.
 
Apollo Ten
Bullet-DMR workout for his 1st attempt over today's oval; exits a career-best Beyer with 2 big races since the barn change; last 2 win riders however take Dress Code and Amazing Hearted in this event; if you throw out the 2013 route races the form is rock solid.
 
Insideondoutside
Only other synthetic-surface start was a win then drilled a co-career-best Beyer 1st time off the claim when placed on grass; would have to be scratched Thursday as an also eligible entered in DMR's 4th a 5F-turf optional claimer; the 3-back winner (2 starts later took a DMR-150K stakes) and show finishers Beyered 90-88 in next-out BHP-alw. and optional claiming wins.
 
Key Decision (ARG)
Has never raced on a synthetic surface with so-so DMR workouts for this; projects to be loose on an easy lead which is always a dangerous scenario; can he win right off the 10-week absence?; exits his lowest Beyer since February when racing for the 4th straight time on turf; try to catch me.
 
Luckarack
Stretches out; February, 2012, was the last time racing at least 7F; winless in 8 career races traveling 7F or longer during career has not won past 6.5F; in his last DMR synthetic start finished 6th vs. 25K claimers 1 year ago facing much quicker today; was claimed back off the turf win with a sharp DMR-4F workout for this.
 
Truelee Scrappin
Makes just his 2nd start since December, 2011; was claimed by a high-percentage 1st-off-the-claim trainer after missing the show money by a head vs. Luckarack in his 1st-ever synthetic surface start; surely needed that race following more than a year layoff and seems set to move forward in the new barn; the 2-back runner-up finisher Beyered 93 in his next-out AQU-optional claiming win.
 
Royal F J
2-0-0-0 record on synthetic surfaces; finished 6th the last time racing on synthetic vs. lesser rivals when traveling over today's DMR oval; the 2-back show runner Beyered 93 in his next-out BHP-optional claiming win; the 3-back winner repeated in a DMR alw. with a 97 speed figure. -Art Gropper

Race 4

Bro's Bro
Nearly three clear in a solid local debut; dam just one for 10; several multiple race winners in the tree including 3 for 14 over $200K earner Bro Lo; rail has been live this meet, he fits in the Beyer department; look out.
 
Rob's Pal
Only a brief threat in the local debut and considering the cut back, he could be left with a lot to do late; backers can point to two siblings that banked 6 furlongs including near $200K earner Charlie and Chris; a late factor?
 
Dreamnofatticus
Lost best chance at the draw in last when out in post 10; key off the race two back and he's a major threat; winner of last repeated in a state-bred $25K optional via the stewards; one for 5 dam cashed routing; this is her first to race; original pilot up; primed.
 
Dalmatinac
Marino Marini about 15% with first-timers in a 165-horse study; sire won first 2 starts at 2 including a stakes, banked nearly $300K, all the wins came on grass; dam was unraced; lone half bro to race See Zo Go took 9 of 37, banked nearly $135K; GG drills at least well spaced.
 
Mr Lemon Tree
Mirror races last year but like the local recent drills; dam was one for 6; lone half sis to race was out of the money twice; Baltas has done well with classy stock in the past; he has a good eye for a runner; rates upset glance.
 
Pulla Train
Could have sulked after breaking slowly but he kept to his task; stakes winning 5 for 19 dam banked nearly $125K; several siblings banked 6 figures including Feverish, who took a number of stakes and banked over $900K; the hotter the pace the better.
 
Gentlemen Pete
Never thrilled to see multiple defeats for a tag; lack of speed a concern, but alas, then you have P Val being hired; can't be thrilled with the local record; has some things to iron out.
 
Top Marquee
In Excess about 16% with first-timers in a 718-horse study; sire won his debut in Europe at Lingfield at 2, was a multiple Grade 1 winner; one for 2 dam earned nearly $14K; this is her first to race; bred by trainer, tab tote action.
 
E K Ruler
With a clean break, it could be a whole new ballgame; 2 for 18 dam banked $25K; all three siblings did win but all in the minor leagues; probably looking at a stalk and pounce journey; the trip will be everything. -Brian Mulligan

Race 5

Huntsville
Switches surfaces following a decent third place effort behind a moderate clip on the local lawn; gelding hasn't been at his best over this type of footing, however, and the barn hasn't had a very good stand thus far; have to side with others.
 
Rousing Sermon
Off the pace type just missed behind a repeater in his Hollywood finale; gelding looks to get enough lick in front of him to set up his kick and he's hit the board in each of his 3 local spins, but he'll cut back a bit in this one and he doesn't win very often; one to fear late, but trying to beat him on the win end.
 
American Act
Sprinter tries 2 turns after coming up empty late in his return from the freshening; lone route spin came in graded stakes company, but the effort wasn't much and don't know that he's going to love the stretch back out; part of the pace but doubt he's around at the finish.
 
Tones (IRE)
Prepped for this sprinting on the lawn in his first start of the year and now he'll try synthetic footing for the first time in the states; 4 year old did go well over this type of ground overseas a couple of years ago and maybe he's better with his last behind him, but he's got some improving to do to go with these.
 
Mega Heat
He's won his last 2 over the local main track and he was given some time off the narrow turf score in his return from nearly 14 months on the shelf; gelding has been working regularly of late for his return and he'll switch back to a pilot who knows him pretty well.
 
Holding Glory (BRZ)
South American import has worked long and well of late over the local main track for his first start in 4 1/2 months; G1 SW in Brazil has yet to try this footing in the afternoon but he clearly knows how to win and does own a fresh score; if the money shows he's certainly worth considering.
 
Half Strike
Didn't have enough to go on late while returning from the freshening at Hollywood; 4 year old looked ok beating cheaper going long 2 starts back and the barn does do well second back from the break, but this guy is going to need to take a big step forward to prove a legitimate threat.
 
Da Ruler
Absentee goes first time for this winless outfit while returning from better than 13 months on the shelf; 5 year old ran big ones over synthetic footing when under Baffert's care and he has fired fresh, but now they're asking him to get 2 turns and that's something he's yet to try; dam did drop a couple of route winners, but this guy's gonna have to prove he can get the trip.
 
You Know I Know
Took a step back on the rise to this level after earning a big number in the runaway score 2 starts back; gelding gets off the fence and that should help as he doesn't have any early foot, but he does look to get some pace in front of him; maybe for a share at an improved price.
 
Congenial
Outside drawn gelding is in for the optional tag in his return from the brief freshening for a barn that's done well at the stand; he'll get a capable pilot for his local debut, but his game is speed and he'll start from a tough spot here so he'll need to be on his best game to have enough left for the drive. -Steve Grabowski

Race 6

Upward Spiral (GB)
Not thrilled with what she's shown in her first three starts in America, but it looks like her connections had greater expectations for her after finishing fourth in a G1 prior to coming over, and maybe we just haven't seen the best of her yet; 3rd finisher from latest won next out at BHP on 6/14 going 6f over turf vs. 62.5-55k claimers with a 79 Beyer.
 
English Crossing
She appears to be heading in the right direction entering this race, but it does look like the winner of this race will likely earn a Beyer Speed Figure in the low 80's, and this miss earned a career best 75 in her latest outing.
 
Gelila
Since a promising turf debut in her second career start, she hasn't had all that much success, and this appears to be a tough spot for her to land in while making her first start for a new barn after a 25k claim.
 
Lady's Plan
Her latest performance appears to be about as good as it gets for her and she will have to produce a sharper try if she's to get the better of the top contenders in here; feel that a minor award is probably the ceiling.
 
Mary Fildes (IRE)
She's multiple group stakes placed racing overseas and she ran well over turf in a couple of her starts when she first arrived in America; runner up from latest won next out at SA on 4/5 going 1 1/4m over turf vs. 40k OPC's with an 88 Beyer.
 
Controlled Chaos
She did some nice work racing in Texas before shipping here, including a few turf starts, but it's safe to say that she's going to need a career best run if she's to get over on the top contenders in this spot.
 
Prettypriceygirl
Interesting to see her making her first start for the Dollase barn after a claim, and she has a chance to prove to be a timely acquisition after earning a career best Beyer Speed Figure in her latest start; however, this might prove to be a tough step up in class for her.
 
Warren's Flasher
Relatively lightly raced 4-year-old has a live look to her in this spot with Bejarano aboard, and her one defeat over turf can be attributed to touble and a very slow early pace; as long as she gets an honest early pace to work off of, she figures to be making noise through the lane.
 
Cavalletta
She hasn't finished worse than third from seven turf starts, but she's yet to post a win over turf while racking up six runner-up finishes; regardless, she looks like a solid fit at this level of competition, and at the very least, she's worthy of consideration underneath in the exotics.
 
Heart Stealer
She's run well in back-to-back starts since moving into this barn, including her turf debut in her latest outing, and if anyone in here is going to lead this field every step of the way, this might be the one to do it; Garcia has won with 8 of 22 (36%) mounts for this barn at the current meeting.
 
Camryn Kate
She needs to see a scratch from the main body of this race in order to draw in and she owns the early speed to play a role in the way that this race shapes up; winner from latest won next out here on 7/24 going 1m vs. 62k OPC's with a 99 Beyer and 3rd finisher won next out here on 7/28 going 1 1/16m over turf vs. N1X alw. rivals with an 84 Beyer.
 
Burns Turn
This filly hasn't run a bad race to date and like the idea of her getting a chance to see what she can do in a turf route; she's worth keeping an eye out for in the event that she draws in; Bejarano has won with 15 of 46 (33%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
 
Meltarib
She's done some fine work over turf from 12 starts and her latest effort over this turf course was one of the stronger performances of her career; she's three deep on the Also eligible list, but she's a solid fit at this level of competition.
 
Toomanytomatoes
She's won four of 10 turf starts and she's another sitting on the Also Eligible list that is worth looking out for; she's developed a nice level of consistency to her game and she's making her first start for the Mitchell barn after a 40k claim. -Brian Pochman

Race 7

Swissarella
Exits a tough beat loss which involved a bumpy beginning; her sire won a G1 and 761K while the dam won 2 of 5 and 67K; among the winning siblings is 112K earner Swiss Bliss; must deal with added distance and tricky post.
 
Stole a Kiss
She closed good ground when outfinished by today's rail entrant; her sire won a G2 and 703K; the dam never competed; among the winning siblings is 334K earner Quisisana; equipment change can help her relax.
 
Eddies Curl
A clear-cut second last month when facing much tougher; her sire won a G1 and 837K while the dam never made it to the races; among the winning sibs is 140K bankroller Fast Devon; should be a major presence here.
 
Christianas Mirage
Her sire won the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and 1.08 million in total (descendants of Desert Code are zero for 4 first time out); the mom won 5 of 24 and 332K; there are no winning siblings to highlight.
 
Sunday Rules
Solid blowout from the gate recently; her sire won 2 of 4 and 77K (progeny of Tribal Rule have won 46 out of 335 initial starts); the dam won 5 of 25 and 206K; winning siblings include 68K earner Sudden Sunday.
 
Miss Loujean
Displayed good fighting speed in her grass debut; her sire won 6 of 16 and 142K; the dam won 9 of 16 and 363K; winning siblings include 20K earner Attempted Date; should be an early presence at the very least.
 
Shysheisnot
See Sunday Rules, above, for information and statistics regarding the same sire; the dam was unraced; this is her only foal to make it to the races; shows an average workout regimen for the most part.
 
Feature Attraction
Upgraded in the most recent half-mile drill; her sire won 1.22 million including G1 success (offspring of Roman Ruler have won 11 percent of their first attempts); the dam went zero for 2; among the winning siblings is 189K earner Lovehi.
 
Full of Slew
The progeny of Council Member, who won 5 of 23 attempts and 342K, are zero for 17 as far as winning their first test; the dam won 1 of 8 and 15K; this is her only foal to make it to the races; the trainer has won with longshot firsters.
 
Tony's Choice
Did not recover from a slow break first time out; her sire won a G2 and 147K; the dam won 1 of 16 and 62K; there are no winning siblings to mention; outermost post may be too much to overcome today.
 
Meinertzhageni
An interesting item if escaping AE imprisonment today; her sire won a G3 and 484K (descendants of Stormin Fever are 30 for 141 in debuts); the dam won 1 of 9 and 24K; sib to 31K earner Kiwi Mistress; trainer does well with beginners. -Jim Kachulis

Race 8

Lady of Fifty
Proven off the vacation; she has been the beaten chalk in 3 of the last 4; four of the 6 wins have been on the synthetic and the 2/16 place horse cashed next out in the Grade 2 A Gleam with a 97 Beyer; miss may get away a bit on the tote this time as she is facing a few that have had her number of late; backers have to hope the pace is sizzling and the race falls apart.
 
Byrama (GB)
This gal is consistent and game; miss had the excuse of the slop in the CD race and she is just off the rail for this; distance no problem, Hall of Fame rider has been performing like he was in the heyday and miss could sit a nice stalk and rally journey; legit contender.
 
Quiet Oasis (IRE)
The synthetic win came in the maiden breaker over 6 when she overcame being unruly; note it did take her over a month to post the recorded drill after the last race; keen to run in some of the recent efforts, miss may be better served settling and making the one run; value should be there.
 
Sisterhood
Stars like Princess Rooney, Bayakoa, Azeri and Zenyatta (thrice) have won this race so this shipper has some things to prove in her Grade 1 debut; 3 clear with trouble two back and like the way she was getting to the winner in last; the 'ship and win' incentive is there for very clever barn; rates upset glance.
 
Via Villaggio
Miss seemed in a good spot on the highway known as Sacramento but she stalked early and was losing ground late; the two races now are under the girth but she has never been able to close the deal at this distance; this is a far cry from losing in a $75K stakes on the Fair Circuit.
 
More Chocolate
Off the rail, she was far from disgraced in either Grade 1 effort; her versatility could be her best asset; she can lead and succeed or track and still be unsaddled; she has to prove she can win off the vacation; one angle to think about: this rider was up for the last win; those with a sweet took have a vehicle here.
 
Sister Kate
Hollendorfer surrounds the race with this gal; best when sent along, she can sit just off the pace and get it done; the old turf to dirt move worked to perfection in last; she has to prove she can deal with this caliber foe and although she has speed, she will have to work to clear; not sure a repeat will be in the cards.
 
Great Hot (BRZ)
Mare had been used to a much more modeate pace but when she was fried in a duel last time, the writing was on the wall; only a brief factor in this race last year and she has had wraps on since; she only beat 4 foes in the last win; from cagey barn, needs very best.
 
Include Me Out
Miss has been expertly managed as she got the ideal prep last time trying to prepare to defend her title today; love the spacing of the return drills coming to this race and last year she also posted her final drill for this fray on the 29th when she went 1:13 and big change; far from disgraced BC Day last year and the champion winner that day has won twice since, the last in a Grade 1 at Delaware 7/20 with a 105 Beyer; include her. -Brian Mulligan

Race 9

Talk the Walk
Just one race during career traveling at least this distance was a 6th-place finish on turf; debut race on DMR synthetic saw him beat 1 runner home; saves ground then makes one run; projects for a good trip in a field with a lot of gate speed signed on mostly breaking from the outside.
 
Localsucess
Raced on the lead in last when primed for this at longer vs. the runner-up finisher who Beyered 75 in his next-out DMR-16K-claiming win; cutting back in distance today he figures to save ground from a stalking or midpack position; won lone race fresh directly off an 11-month layoff but is back in 22 days for this.
 
Just Irish
Blinkers are added for the 1st time switching back to a synthetic surface after his 1st-off-the-claim start on turf produced a new career-best Beyer; cuts back to his shortest distance test since his 2012 DMR career debut when rallying well at 1F shorter; seems well spotted but may need more distance to get up in time?; clearly has plenty of suspect speedsters breaking outside to set things up for a closer.
 
Chibita
Mild rallys in 2012 over the DMR oval; in last avenged the 2-back loss to Prime Number when nearly shocking the world at 34-1 odds necked 1st time with apprentice Nicolas who stays right here; off last seems like today's added half furlong is a plus.
 
Bob Consultation
Outdueled the field in his win but has not shown the same type of gate speed since defeating 1 runner combined in 3 losses vs. winners; the 2-back show runner Beyered 82 in his next-out BHP-optional claiming win; the 3-back show runner Beyered 89 in a next-out BHP-starter alw. victory.
 
Prime Number
Gate-to-wire in his only win but vs. winners has stalked the pace well; was claimed off a favored loss vs. Chibita by a 21% DMR win barn who yields just 11% winners 1st off the claim; winless on synthetic with his best numbers and lone win on conventional dirt.
 
Porchetto
Outdueled the field in his lone win; projects to show some gate speed for this; beat 1 runner in his 2 losses vs. winners; the 2-back runner-up finisher Beyered 78 in his next-out BHP-starter alw. victory then repeated with an 89 taking a DMR alw.; beat the 3-back show runner a next-out 72 speed figure BHP-30K-maiden claiming graduate.
 
I'll Run the Show
Loves the synthetic just 1 off-the-board finish in 5 races on this type of surface; willing to dismiss the 1st start off the claim race on dirt a surface which he doesn't like; the slow gate break in last proved costly; gate-to-wire in his only win and expected to be a major pace presence today but must break a lot better.
 
Sun Catcher
Won on the lead at longer; makes his 1st start vs. winners and on a synthetic surafce while cutting back 2F in distance; projects to race mid-pack for this; the 2-back show runner graduated next out in an SR-25K-maiden claiming win with a 70 Beyer; would be a shocker.
 
Changing Karma
Today is the 1st time racing on a synthetic surface; 27%-win trainer 1st-time out with newly-acquired runners adds to the appeal; went gate-to-wire in his only win and is expected to be a major pace player today; faded in last when sent long; know him early but unsure about late.
 
Eyesablazin
Trainer is winless with their last 19-synthetic surface starters and 13-fresh runners; raced was on the lead in 3 of last 4 starts he seems the one to catch; gate-to-wire in his only win; the winner from last Beyered 89 in his next-out DMR alw. win.
 
Blue Collar Boy
Gate-to-wire in his only win but stalked the pace saving ground for last and figures for a similar off-the-pace trip today; breaks widest so is sure to lose ground for this; new trainer began DMR 2013 on an 0-for-9 and is 0-for the last-6 first-off-the-claim; the 3-back runner-up finisher Beyered 82 in his next-out SA-81K stakes win. -Art Gropper

Race 10

Christopher Street
Educated in the debut when he was off slowly, runner looped the field like a pro in the win; connections thought enough of him to try the Grade 3 and he gave his backers a nice thrill; forced to steady in last, cozy slot, decent move on the 25th; look out.
 
Pulpit's Express
Three huge efforts since the claim and Sadler is winning everything that is not nailed down; he has the revenge thing going on now after having the number taken down; like the new wrinkle off the pace in last; legit player in all the slots.
 
Turn On the Pumps
Four solid tries vs. winners; he has shown the ability to pass horses but timing, as usual, will be everything; he seems to be getting better with age and that's no surprise as he is kin to Cost of Freedom, who won stakes at 7 and banked nearly a million.
 
Pocket Prince
One slice since the all out maiden breaker; in that third beaten a length at least this rider was aloft; with his style, grinder has to hope they go bonkers out front and the speed wilts.
 
Uncle Dick
Respect his speed; he drilled a couple of times since the last effort and he could have a decent career as kin to Surf Town, who earned nearly $225K; runner has to prove it on grass but the June races was solid; contention goes long.
 
Unusual Jazz
He's been a pretty good earner but he beat short fields in the last 2 wins; never simple to concede 12 or 14 lengths early and get the job done; the stars and moon just have to be aligned just right.
 
Ethnic Dance
Place and show runners in the 5/26 race graduated next out and the winner repeated in a state-bred N1X, then was 3rd a neck in an open N1X here last Saturday with an 88 Beyer; it took her awhile to figure it out and the future is bright as he is kin to Grade 1 winner and near $950K earner Twirling Candy; bullets locked and loaded.
 
Affrettando
At least the win was local; the bad news is he has not been in the money since that victory; wraps added in last, try to get a good look at him on the track; troubled in two of the last 3; the hotter the pace the better.
 
Mr. Ornery
Gelding has the two races to draw from now and he could be rolling early on the stretch out; note Jones has put Steiner on a few wins, 4 of his 5 this year; he ran his eyeballs out in defeat in the stretch out run last fall; don't ignore.
 
Tropical Heat
This is a tough sell; he has been handled by much softer in the past and he kind of runs the same race every time; the one thing backers can point to is he may like the distance as he was closing two back.
 
Maybe Tuesday
Carefully placed as he debuts for Mullins; runner can push issue if in the mood but may be best served settling and making the one run; renewed energy in the drill on the 24th; proven vs. softer; don't forget about this one.
 
Romeo Royale
Off poorly to kick off the year, he stalked to no avail in last, now drops again; a bit keen to run in last, he may be better off settling, trying to save ground and making the one run; nice move last Wednesday; surprise package.
 
Scofield Barracks
This is an ambitious placement; he was out of the money the last two times for this price; 4th beaten nearly 4 in the lone grass efforts; not seeing it.
 
Tebows Big Play
Guess the drill on the 28th satisfied the stewards after he was vanned off; the Silky Sullivan did come back live and runner clearly seems to prefer the grass; if he looks okay on the track, he could be the shocker. -Brian Mulligan