08/16/2013 1:33PM

Closer Looks: Saratoga August 17, 2013


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Race 1

Miss Sweet Afleet
Turns back to sprint off a troubled route spin first time over the course; number she ran 2 back sprinting downstate wasn't bad, but she doesn't have any positional foot and in a field that doesn't feature a lot of lick she could find herself stuck down inside with a lot to do late; prefer others on the win end.
Guyana Star
Gets back to the lawn after getting rained off the footing here last week; filly hasn't been much of a threat on the green in her last handful of tries, but she does own some solid downstate surface efforts and doesn't appear to be facing a lot in this spot; can get in the exotics mix here.
Gets a new pilot after running down a hot clip to upset in her course debut at the level a few weeks back; filly usually finds herself closer to the top early which would benefit her in this spot; they aren't usually the most consistent at this level so the field's highest last out Beyer earner is probably worth trying to beat, but if she does run back to her last she's a big threat to repeat.
My Daughter's Song
Filly has early foot and that's something that looks to be lacking in this heat; she'll try softer while returning to the lawn for the first time since the fall and her new pilot has certainly made a name for himself at this meeting; she's probably better on the main track, but if she makes the top this quick breaker could prove tough to reel in.
Proud Siren
Drops after failing to pick up her feet in her return to the green over which she's now failed to hit the board in 8 career spins; filly goes for a low percentage outfit and the returning pilot is winless on the year; longshot doesn't look to fit any better at this level.
Ideal Place
Lightly raced filly goes for an outfit whose runners usually take plenty of tote support; statebred was solid breaking her maiden first out on the Belmont green and maybe she was just in over her head last time against a gal who returned to take a restricted stake here last week; reuniting with Castellano she's worth a good look at this level.
Heading to Toga
Broke her maiden first out on the engine here last summer but hasn't been able to threaten in any of her subsequent tries and now they'll offer her for a tag in this open company heat; wide trip did her in while making her local return at this distance and maybe she finds herself closer early in what figures to be a more reasonably paced heat.
Tapit to Me
Fresh gray makes her first start off this low profile outfit's claim; she's been pretty good on the green in each of her last 2 downstate spins and gets a capable pilot for her first spin over the local sod; contender looks to be a solid fit in this heat.
Colorme Kitten
Ran on well to get third money behind one of these in her first local course spin a few weeks back; filly has solid tactical foot and she's hit the board in each of her starts with winners; giving her the nod to move forward and beat them home in her second career turf sprint.
Fantastic Eyes
Late runner draws outside for the turn back to sprint after gaining some conditioning going long over a heavy course against restricted stakes foes; got on track too late from a similar draw at the trip here on Opening Day; she'll find these easier than she's been facing, but there's not a lot of speed in here to set up her run; still, she's one to fear in the lane.
Sharon Spagetti
MTO was no factor behind some of these in her turf debut at the level late last month; filly was solid on dirt earlier in her career and she wasn't bad behind a pretty good one in the restricted stake at Belmont a few months back, but her subsequent main track try was weak; maybe a wet track is what she needs to get things going again.

Race 2

140K RNA yrlng, 350K 2yo after 1F work 10.3; sire 8% 2yo FTS; dam route SW (113K, 0-1 at 2, 0-1 sprint) with 2 wnnrs/2 rnnrs (1-1 with 2yos, 2-2 sprinters); dam 3/4 SW router Meteorologist (Japan, 0-2 sprint); barn 36%, $2.77 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa; 8/4 work match Sound of Freedom (2nd FTS MSW 81 Beyer 8/10); can't ignore.
Strong Mandate
1/2 SW Full Mandate (192K, 0-2 at 2, 1-2 sprint), G3 SW Newfoundland (677K, 1-4 at 2, 0-1 sprint), G2 turf SP 2yo The Mighty Tiger (65K, 1-4 at 2) by 13% 2yo sire; G1 SW dam (1.0M, 1-2 at 2, 4-10 sprints) has 8 wnnrs/10 rnnrs (2-6 2yos, 2-9 sprint); barn 0-10 pst 5 yrs 2nd-out 2yos adding blinkers dirt; faced sharp winner; can improve.
Full 2yo SW sprinter Retap (230K, won debut), multiple SW Remit (257K, 1-2 at 2, 0-1 sprint) by 32-254 (13%) 2yo FTS sire; dam won sprint (91K, 3-4 sprint) with 3 winners from 3 runners (2-2 with 2yos, 1 FTS winner, 2-3 sprinters); dam 1/2 SP 2yo Germs (0-4 at 2, 3-12 sprint); barn 8-38 (21%, $1.68 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa.
215K yearling by 171-1178 (15%) 2yo sire; 1st starter from SW sprinter (286K, 2-2 at 2, 5-12 sprint); female family multiple SW Fast Lane Gal (91K, 9-18 sprint); barn 4-18 (22%, $2.73 ROI) past 5 years 2nd-out 2yo MSW dirt sprint Spa; rallied into fast splits when 2nd to next-out Saratoga Special winner (82 Beyer); very logical.
Long Station
30K short yearling, 85K yearling; sire 61-355 (17%) 2yo FTS; 1st starter from sprint winner (47K, 1-7 at 2, 1-9 sprint); female family multiple G1 SW Excellent Meeting (1.4M, 4-8 at 2, 2-5 sprint); barn 0-17 past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa;; 8/10 work matches Darwin's Dream (entered Thurs. R3)
Long Water
Sire 43-267 (16%) 2yo FTS; dam multiple G1 route SW (1.9M, 2-3 sprint) with 1 winner from 1 runner (1-1 with 2yos, 0-1 with sprinters); dam 1/2 SP Drama Lady (146K, 2-8 sprint); barn 8-46 (17%, $1.61 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa;; 6/27, 7/26, 8/1 works match Point Hope (5th FTS MSW 55 Beyer 8/10)
Permanent Campaign
62.5K yearling, 130K 2yo after 1F work 10.1; sire 104-568 (18%) 2yos; 1st starter from unraced dam; dam 1/2 multiple G1 sprint SW Lady Tak (1.1M, 2-2 at 2, 8-11 sprint); barn 6-15 (40%, $2.23 ROI) past 5 years 2yos off 31-60 day layoff in MSW dirt sprint; improved when 2nd to subsequent Saratoga Special 3rd-finisher Danza; capable.
First Bid
Sire 10-73 (14%) 2yo FTS; dam route winner (44K, 0-1 at 2, 0-1 sprint) with 1 winner from 2 runners (0-1 with 2yos, 0-1 with sprinters); dam 1/2 multiple 2yo SW Dixieland Diamond (297K, 4-5 at 2, won debut, 0-2 sprint), G3 SP Sky Diamond (539K, 2-9 sprint); barn 4-20 (20%, $2.03 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa; stout pedigree; interesting.
Tony B
100K yrlng, 500K 2yo after 2F work 21.2; 1/2 SW sprint Safe Trip (293K, 0-1 at 2) by 2yo G2 SW (3-3 at 2, 1-1 sprint, 1-10 2yo FTS); dam route wnnr (22K, 0-3 sprint) with 2 wnnrs/2 rnnrs (0-1 2yos, 2-2 sprint); barn 0-49 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa; 2 works match Borseggiatore (8th FTS MSW 47 Beyer 8/10)

Race 3

John Silver
Newcomer was sired by Silver Wagon who won 1.16 million including G1 success (his offspring have won 2 of 23 debuts); the dam went 1 for 14 earning 27K; among the winning siblings is 155K earner Show Me the Cash.
Saguaro Blossom
Not sure why he keeps campaigning on the turf as he has yet to finish in the money over that surface; most recent breeze was nothing special and it appears doubtful that the switch to the main will make much difference; cannot endorse for the top spot.
Pete and David
Returns to the purchase price after aiming too high in the latest grass sprint; did flash some fair early speed in previous attempts and lands into a fairly paceless assembly today; worth some backing against this caliber.
Classic even tightening effort last month points should help his money prospects today; maintains Rocco who has established a fine record with longshots at the meet and the gelding warrants some inclusion in your exotic wagering approach.
My Italian Ices
Rested since that June debut where he should have learned much when fighting for the lead between runners; switches to a trainer who excels with new acquisitions; the colt's sire won the G1 Travers and 2.53 million; the dam won 4 of 22 and 280K; sib to 81K earner Classy Arrangement; the selection.
Ocala Jim
Finished midpack in that grass debut and subsequent workouts are above average; his sire won multiple G2s and 920K; the dam went zero for 5; sib to 783K earner Private Emblem; reverts to original pilot.
My Teddy Bear
A dozen chances thus far without an exacta finish; did show improved early foot in his last test over this main track; might last for a share here at a healthy price if the early fractions are not severe.
Bring the Truth
Nothing to highlight thus far but he tries the claiming realm for the first time; his sire won 3 of 7 attempts and 121K while the dam was unraced; this is her sole foal to compete; despite the important descent, he will offer generous odds again.
G W's Hammer
Upgraded in the latest clear-cut placing from the extreme outside; although the pace and final time of that event were ordinary, he could fly under the betting radar once again and be a money player; do not overlook.

Race 4

Raced 1st at the 1st call for the 1st time ever in career in last; he held on well but all 11 wins were off-the-pace scores and assume he will be ridden more patiently for this cutting back to 9F; did not fire 2-back at 9F vs. the show runner who posted a 75 Beyer speed figure in his next-out SAR-20K-claiming win; reunited with rider Cohen for last who fired much better on him than his 8th-place finish June, 2012.
Magic Harbor
Reunites with the rider from his only other start at 9F facing MSW rivals April, 2012, finishing 4th-beaten 9 lengths on GP dirt; away since the good-wet track defeat when outfinished at shorter; both wins were off-the-pace runs on fast ovals; 98 days away noting both wins were off similar freshenings.
Golden Lad
Mild worktab on display off the blowout MTH-maiden win; trainer hits 31% repeat winners and goes to Castellano 29% winners since 2012; upside with just 2 starts but meets a tough group and some multiple victors 1st time with winners.
Kid Sidney
Late runner is 0-for-7 since claimed off a wet-track win but a great sign that he posted his best finish since February when making his 1st start on SAR dirt; the 2-back winner repeated in a SAR-optional claimer with a 103 Beyer; was troubled 3-back in a key race.
Third Knight
Good race in March the only time sent 9F defeating the show runner who Beyered 74 in his next-out PIM-MSW win; toss out his 1st turf race in last which represents a career-low speed figure; wet-main track 1-time winner is back in just 7 days noting the barn is 1-for-3 with this move since 2012.
Sliver and Onions
The workouts for this are not very enticing but looked like a good thing on the SAR strip for the 1st time stalking he pace then delivering the knockout punch in deep stretch doing it all at today's distance; hasn't run a bad race yet; the debut looks better since the winner repeated to make it 2-for-2 in a BEL alw. with a 93 Beyer.
The Best Glacier
3 wins and best Beyer on wet-main tracks; finished 5th-6th and 9th in 3 career races at 9F including one on dirt all in stakes; away off the near-miss finish defetaing the show runner who Beyered 89 in his next-out DEL alw. victory.
Indy's Illusion
Another wet-track lover scoring in the mud at shorter; is 0-for-4 at today's distance but his 3-back race is a career-best Beyer; nowhere behind the 2-back winner who repeated in the Kentucky Derby (104); faced older rivals for the 1st time in last when outrun going shorter.
Midnight Taboo
Finished last in the BEL stakes behind the winner who repeated in the G2 Jim Dandy with a 107 Beyer; reunites with the win rider for this; middle moved at today's distance in last when no match for Kid Sidney so have him ranked a notch below the top contenders.

Race 5

Minnie Punt
Winless in 15 races last winning May, 2010, in a BEL-turf 100K-NY-bred stakes at today's distance; in his only race on SAR Inner Turf finished 7th vs. stakes company August, 2010; biggest positive is that he was claimed by a high-percentage 1st-off-the-buy barn; mild rally after breaking last in most-recent defeat a key race; the runner-up and show finishers from last posted 101-83 Beyer speed figures in next-out BEL-SAR-optional claiming wins.
Wayward Sailor
Speedy type exits his lowest Beyer since his September, 2011, synthetic-surface career debut; is winless in 2013 his last picture was in a dirt marathon to end a 4-win 2012 three-year-old campaign; May, 2012, was his last grass win on the CD green at today's distance stalking the pace; the 2-back show runner won next out in a SAR-optional claimer with an 89 Beyer.
Perfect Footprint
Good sign that his 1st race for a new trainer produced his best Beyer since December, 2011, when finishing 4th in a CRC Grade 3 event; does his best work sitting just off the speed but the main concern is that he did not show any gate speed off the bench at today's distance on the SAR Inner Turf.
Last win posted on less-than-firm grass but got that type of turf course in his last 2 starts without showing much run; the latest defeat occurred on today's turf course which represents his lowest Beyer since June, 2012; best game is stalking the pace but did not see his usual tactical gate speed in latest when trailing throughout.
One win on turf at 1F shorter than this; his longest-prior race at 1 Mile was a victory; defeated 3 runners combined in last 3 races; the addition of blinkers for last did not provide the desired results; best form on fast-main tracks but caught wet dirt in last trio; would be a shocker.
Thunder Brew
TAM-2010 stakes winner at today's distance on grass; he ran well 1st time back off longer than a year's layoff but then have mixed reviews from last 2 races; was a non factor 2-back when stretched out this far; today is his 8th different rider in as many races which is not a good win angle.
Enters way off best form with 6 straight off-the-board finishes the latest in this same spot 29 days ago; all 3 wins at today's distance on grass and one of those pictures was right here on SAR Inner Turf; best Beyer occurred on less-than-firm turf.
6-0-1-0 record since the January, 2013 claim; would not mind this washed off the green noting his super-wet main track record and career-best Beyer; tough call as this late runner showed zero run at long odds in this spot on the SAR Inner Turf 2 weeks ago.
Westside Corral
Last win was on the lead on less-than-firm grass but her other 3 triumphs were deep-closing rallies; claimed off a dull effort fading to finish last in a 10F event his last win was at 11F so has handled marathon distances in the past; the runner-up finisher from last Beyered 88 in his next-out SAR-optional claiming win.
Blanked from a win picture in 13 races since January, 2012, in a GP Mile turf 30K-claimer; August, 2011; won a 35K claimer on SAR grass at today's distance; 3 of 4 wins with jockey Johnny V and the other with Castellano; the win riders show up on Livingston Street and Westside Corral for this.
Livingston Street
His 2 races off the claim were simply not his best efforts; last win on the lead at longer; he likes to fire big from the gate then keep on going; the winner from last repeated in a MTH-optional claimer to make it 5 in a row with an 88 Beyer view as a major pace presence.
Yankee Fourtune
His 1st race off the claim produced his worst-finish ever (8th) when trying the SAR Inner Turf at today's distance; did not offer the gate speed needed in last when showing prior-best form near the frontend; 2010 wins on today's turf course in alw. and starter alw. events showing big-gate speed in this efforts.
In My Eyes
2011 was his last win picture racing at today's distance in Florida; stretches back out to race this far after fading 2-back; worked steadily for his 1st start in 5 weeks but is clearly far off his best form; view as a pace presence for part.
Sky Blue Pink
0-for-9 since the October, 2011, claim; has been screaming out for more yardage in recent losses and gets it here; last win was at longer than this on less-than-firm turf; last race on SAR Inner Turf was a troubled trip 2 summers ago; the 2-back winner repeated in a BEL-optional claimer with an 84 Beyer.
Recent form is way off his best game; 0-for-3 record off-the-claim his last win was accomplished on less-than-firm grass; even finish in this spot in last and will need a pace metldown to score rallying to win 3 times in 2012; must find the missing late punch.
St Liams Halo
Winless in 14 races the last picture at Hastings July, 2011, in a dirt stakes; Main Track Only entry was claimed off a dull effort when he could not overcome a wide-ground losing trip; the 2-back winner repeated in a BEL-optional claimer with a 97 Beyer.

Race 6

Sandy'z Slew
1st time on grass noting his 2 races at 5.5F on dirt are both exacta finishes and account for his only win 3-back gate-to-wire; the show runner from last posted an 84 Beyer speed figure in his next-out SAR-optional claiming win; sire is 14-for-104 with 1st-turf starters; dam went 2-0-0-0 on grass; 2 foals to race on the lawn are 0-for-3 combined.
Iron Power
Improving-Beyer pattern for his career including latest in the grass debut when checking in behind similar rivals; middle moved at today's distance and is eligible to move forward 2nd time off the long layoff; will need to break a lot sharper to land a share.
Lone win occurred on today's turf course more than 1 year ago when catching a less-than-firm lawn; exits a career-best Beyer when returning to the SAR sod rallying well nearly overcoming the 10 post rallying from 5th; his worst races occurred at longer than this.
Ludo Bagman
The winner and 6th-place finishers from last Beyered 85-79 in next-out SAR-25K-claiming wins; sire is 9-for-89 with 1st-turf starters; dam did not race on grass; her only other foal to race went 0-for-1 and did not race on turf; best news is that he was claimed by a 22%-winning trainer 1st-off-the-purchase.
River Tune
Lone win at much longer on less-than-firm turf; exits consecutive Beyer speed figure Tops cutting back to his shortest-distance test since the November, 2011, career debut; can he get up in time is the biggest concern for this.
The Big Deluxe
Cuts back to his shortest-distance test ever; was purchased by a 22%-winning 1st-off-the-claim trainer off a win and career-best Beyer; good-turf workout for this noting the barn since 2012 is just 1-for-26 with grass sprinters.
Best game is racing on the lead; exits the worst finish of his career when outrun throughout not a good sign when making his 1st SAR turf test; 0-for-8 record since the SAR dirt-debut win and would not mind this event washed off the green.
Lord of Love
Lone win occurred on a less-than-fast main track so wouldn't mind this rained off the weeds; 0-for-4 record with winners but in the most-recent race was screaming out for more distance but remains at 5.5F; the 2-back winner and runner-up finishers Beyered 91-85 in next-out AQU-optional claiming wins.
Ginger's Joe
Hasn't raced this short of a distance since September, 2011; lone win was 28 races ago September, 2010, on LRL dirt at today's distance; rallied well at 7F in last chasing the show runner who Beyered 67 in his next-out DEL-20K-claiming win.
Greeley Pack
Great sign that his 1st turf start on SAR green was a victory; former pure-speed runner rallied nicely in last; gets his 1st test with winners which is often any runner's toughest assignment; the 2-back winner repeated in a SAR-optional claimer with a 78 Beyer.
Half Wildcat
Away 55 days since an even finish on BEL turf which represents a career-best Beyer; the show, 8th and 11th-place finishers from last Beyered 76-70-66 Beyers in next-out FL alw. and BEL-16K claiming and optional-claiming wins; 1-for-1 on SAR green scoring the win in his grass debut rallying well at today's distance last summer.
Dark Roast
Exits a career-best Beyer on SAR sod when clsoing well behind similar rivals; huge race in last was after he was bumped at the break then raced 7-wide; must overcome the wide-ground losing post for this; lone win at longer on firm turf but did not handle less-than-firm footing for last.
Dr Figawi
Main Track Ony entry is 1-for-1 on dirt tracks winning right on the lead in his debut; did not run badly 1st time with winners on grass when favored then did not break alertly but only races on dirt for this; super turf-to-dirt barn adds to the appeal.
Won a key race 3 back over much lesser while his 3-for-5 wet-main-track record suggests he would love the track to be soggy for this although his last race on a wet track was dull; is 1-for-5 since the claim 11 months ago; know him early then hopes to hang on late for a slice.
Luxury Appeal
Won on the lead 2-back then may have bounced in last when beating 1 runner home defeated by the show runner who Beyered 84 in his next-out SAR-optional claiming win; the 3-back winner repeated in a BEL-15K claimer with a 69 speed figure.

Race 7

When seeing what he was doing racing overseas, it might not be a bad idea to stretch him out in distance, and he gave a decent account of himself in his first turf start in America in his latest outing.
Vinny Goodtimes
He has a chance to prove to be a nice 25k claim for his current connections, and even though he was last seen racing as a member of the Pletcher barn, it's probably a good idea to take his chances seriously based on what he's shown in his first two starts.
Liquidity Trap
When considering the long layoff, his two most recent races have been fine performances, and he just missed in his first attempt for this barn in his latest outing after being claimed for 25k; Alvarado has won with 22 of 79 (28%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Lightly raced 5-year-old appears to be in good form entering this race, and now looks like a good time to find out how he'll handle a route; third place finisher from latest won next out at Sar on 8/10 going 1m over turf vs. N1X rivals with an 80 Beyer.
Lawyer Jim
Like to see the effort he produced just two races ago when outrunning his odds to victory and that level of performance is eligible to get him into the mix against these; he might find himself in good position to strike turning for home after a lively early pace is established.
Gold Megillah
He looks like he fits right in with this bunch and he shows up for an owner/trainer tandem that has had an impressive 2013; like to see Castellano land here, and if his recent workouts are any indication, then he's ready for his return to action.
Virginia Colony
Respect the fact that he usually shows up and runs his race, and like to see that he can get himself forwardly placed through the opening stages, but not sure that his best effort is quite strong enough to get the better the top contenders in this spot.
His form has taken a noticeable turn for the better since being returned from a layoff three starts back and note that he got the better of today's rival Vinny Goodtimes on June 21 and finished right behind another of today's rivals in Tater Downs on July 21.
Wind of Bosphorus
He figures to be involved in the running right from the bell and he owns the type of early speed that he could try to take it right at this field if he really wanted to; he has his share of appeal while going sprint-to-route for his second start back from a layoff.
Velvet Cap
Sire wins with approximately 11% of his turf starters and stakes winning dam won 3 of 14 turf starts for 168k; winner from latest won next out at Sar on 8/4 going 5 1/2f vs. 25k claimers with a 79 Beyer.
Jasper Lake
Although it was against 30k maiden claimers, his turf debut in his latest outing was a much improved performance, and this really isn't a terrible spot for him to meet up with winners for the first time; interesting to see John V. take the call.
Tater Downs
Although the outside post might not be ideal, between the run to the first turn and his fine positional speed, he's likely to be able to manage a comfortable trip; he has a number of races on his card that are strong enough to suggest that he can make a serious bid for the top prize, and he'll be a top contender whether this race is run over turf for the main track.

Race 8

Gamblin Fever
He deserves credit for the game performance he showed up with in his latest outing but this looks like a tough group for him to the meeting up with and he'll have to see a number of these show up with less than their best to have a say in the outcome.
Feel that he's eligible to be ready for a sharper performance while making his second start back from a layoff, and if he can remember what he did just two starts ago at Belmont Park, he can prove to be tough to deal with.
Lure of the South
He really put in a nice run through the stretch in his latest outing after falling very far out of it through the opening stages, but that level of performance hasn't been the norm for him, and he can't afford to show up with anything less against these; note that he's seeking his first turf victory.
He's yet another late running type to look at in here and he hasn't run a race from 21 starts, including 19 over turf, that is strong enough to suggest that he can jump up on this field on his best day; he has the look of an outsider.
Now and Then
Sire wins with approximately 11% of his turf starters and multiple stakes winning dam won 4 of 14 starts for 232k, and she didn't make a turf start; he has the dirt leaning pedigree, but this 375k purchase clearly has a good deal of talent to work with, and this is a favorable spot to find out when he can do over turf.
Royal Blessing
Have to respect the improvement he's shown since moving into this barn and being stretched out in distance, and he's come out on top in three of six turf starts; feel that he has the look of a legitimate player against these.
He's capable of showing up with a pretty sharp try on his best day, the problem is, he's been known to settle for minor awards, and he hasn't earned a victory in his last 12 starts going back through 2012; certainly not going to count him out of it, but maybe he's best used underneath in the exotics.
Master Wesley
His overall turf form has been solid and he enters this race off of a sharp runner-up finish at Monmouth Park, and the third place finisher from that race returned to win next out at Mth on 7/20 going 1 1/16m over turf in a 63k stakes with an 83 Beyer.
Lead Singer
He was a sharp winner the first time he raced over turf, and his latest start after a layoff can be viewed in a favorable light, and perhaps that workout on August 12 is a sign that he's ready to take a step forward.
Kathy's Kitten
He's been in good form since moving into this barn and he shows up for a high win percentage outfit that gets the job done with turf starters; looking at this as being a tough spot for him to ship in for, but he's a little interesting nonetheless.

Race 9

Star Channel
Cuts back a panel off the wide tun in the restricted John's Call here a couple of weeks back in his first start for this outfit; gelding was ok holding on at 10 panels prior to that downstate but it came against significantly easier than he'll face in this spot; looks to be in tough here.
Big Blue Kitten
First part of the Ramsey coupling has been in sharp form since returning from an overseas try nearly 14 months back; distance was a question for him up until his last start when he sailed home to take the 11 panel G1 United Nations at Monmouth and certainly gave the indication he'll go on; his entrymate figures to provide the pace in this spot so he will have something to run at but the guy who beat him 2 back returns in this spot as well; sharp recent drills suggest he's set for another good one in his return to the scene of a G2 stakes score last summer; consider.
Teaks North
Looks like he'll again have the opportunity to get first run on the guy who beat him last time and maybe he's tighter second time back from the freshening; gelding has shown the ability to mix it up from the bell and he is a G1 SW at 11 panels; capable of proving an exotics threat in this spot.
Twilight Eclipse
Earned a triple digit Beyer the last time he stepped on firm ground in Florida and held well for second money behind today's foe Boisterous over a good course last out downstate; 4 year old got on track too late at a much shorter trip in his lone local sod start last summer, but proved he can handle the local course in the process; he's taken both of his 12 panel tries and looks to be a legitimate contender third time back from the break.
Stormy Lord
Expecting this half of the Ramsey entry will be the pacesetter in the stretchout to this 12 furlong trip; gelding was solid in graded company last year and maybe his last is a sign he's getting back on his game, but he hasn't been nearly as good this year and today's distance is a big question; they'll have him to catch.
Import lures a top pilot for his first stateside start; he didn't run so well in his lone start at this trip, but he was in against French G1 company in that one; he's used to carrying much more weight than today's assignment and this guy has won over a firm course; hasn't been going so well of late in moderate company overseas but the price should be right to give him a look.
Al Khali
Mott trained hasn't been as good at age 7 as he was last year when runner up in this heat's renewal; he's never been off the board over the local sod so maybe this venue helps perk him up some and he has a right to move forward second time back from the break, but he was beaten by several of today's foes last time.
Tahoe Lake (BRZ)
Didn't have enough to threaten cheaper foes late at a shorter trip last time and now he'll step into the G1 stakes ranks; 8 year old may be able to sit close to the top in a field without much early lick, but he gets another new pilot for this and has settled for plenty of minor awards in his day; have to back others on the win end.
He's competed against some of the better turf runners out there this year but it has been nearly 6 months since he's seen the winner's circle; maybe he was still feeling the triple digit Beyer effort 2 back when behind several of these last out at Belmont and now he'll be set to bounce back while returning to a course he loves; trip is a question, but he could offer some value with the new rider aloft.
Exclusive Strike
Six year old usually fires a good shot and any question of class was answered last time when less than 3 lengths off the guy drawn next door in this heat; pace is a concern as he doesn't figure to get that much of it up top here, but he seems to always offer something in the lawn; exotics threat.
Eleven time winner took down a G1 at Belmont last time while running away from several of these at a slightly shorter trip; consistent 6 year old is in top form right now for a barn that's enjoying a nice meeting from relatively limited starters and his regular pilot returns; local course winner spots most of them weight, but he couldn't be working much better and looms the one to deny in this spot.
London Lane
Late runner enters this off a brief freshening after running them down with a solid kick at Colonial last time; he's one who should appreciate the added ground, but there's not a lot of pace in here to set him up and he'll be facing a much tougher bunch in this spot.
Tannery (IRE)
Filly starts from a tough outside slot while stepping in to tackle the boys in her local debut; she clearly likes the distance and can handle any type of course condition but she's proven to be several lengths slower than the bigger guys in here and would need to catch some breaks from out here to prove a legitimate threat.

Race 10

Tell a Great Story
Legends of the game like Shuvee, Life's Magic, Go for Wand and Silverbulletday have won this race in the past as this gal makes her Grade 1 debut; cozier slot here after being hung out in post 9; solid drills coming to the fray including the Laurel bullet a week ago; show horse in the Pimlico finale took a $16K optional next out, then was crushed in the MTH Oaks; could see her chasing Carnival Court and hoping to put that one away and hold off the closers; that could be a tough ticket to accomplish.
Montana Native
Miss got away with moderate splits in the last pair but should feel the heat here; place horse in last was 4 clear but it was again a short field; miss is going great guns and has trained solidly for this; this is just a far cry from controlling pace and outcome in a restricted stakes.
Galloping Giraffe
The less accomplished of the Pletchers as she needed maiden claimers to get it done; nothing wrong with the local debut when hung out to dry and the blood is there for her to mature with grace; kin Timber Reserve took a Grade 2, was stakes placed at 6 and banked nearly $800K; would not want to stick the neck out and take too short a number here.
Princess of Sylmar
Bet like a good thing in her racing debut, this miss appears to be getting better by the hour; cleverly managed, she proved her agility overcoming trouble in the Kentucky Oaks, then proved it was no 38-1 fluke as she extended last time; miss has that killer instinct and likes to just drub her foes; perception was different after the CD win; her trainer in the Bloodhorse, Pletcher: "I think it changed in the (CCA) Oaks," She put any questions about her Kentucky Oaks victory to rest. She's trained brilliantly since then."; clearly the one to deny.
Carnival Court
McLaughlin looking for that deja vu feeling as his Questing won this race last year with a 106 Beyer after coming off a CCA Oaks victory; forced wide in last, her gameness was on display for all to see; note she was clear for fun and the show horse was daylights clear of a 32-1 shot; legit excuse of the slop in the debut, miss picked it up in the drill on the 2nd; future bright as a star as she is kin to champ and over $4.2 million earner Royal Delta; look for rider to send and try to steal it.
It took her a few races to grow up and figure it out but she turned the corner after the turf fiasco; Del Mar drills ideally spaced and she proved she could adapt in the Black Eyed Susan victory; the horse that was 2nd in the last race faltered in Chicago next out but rebounded with a winning 95 Beyer in the MTH Oaks; she can be placed anywhere and still win and there is nothing like options; legit threat.


Race 11

Sunny Coast
Sunriver 0 for 44 with first-time turfers; Grade 1 winning sire cashed at 2, took 6 of 17, banked over $800K, won thrice on turf; stakes winning 5 for 21 dam earned nearly $200K, never turfed; 3 of 4 siblings won; 3 tried grass to no avail, one banked nearly $80K; must hurry.
Nice middle move to get with in a length of the lead last time before reality set in; SW 3 for 8 dam banked nearly $100K, won twice on grass; this is her first to race; he's figuring it out.
Uproarious George
Basically 5s and 6s so far; there are a couple of 6 figure earners in the tree and one cashed twice on grass but they ran 68 and 59 times and earned about $250K combined; looking elsewhere for a key top horse.
Omos Journey
Took pretty good action in the local debut but gave way readily; tough to be overly positive after the local fiasco; would tread lightly here.
Can't be thrilled with the multiple beats vs. softer; connections would love to see him start acting like top kin and Grade 3 winner Akronism, who earned over $500K; runner does have sneaky speed; could muddle the pace.
Gelding could have bounced a bit in last; after 15 beats, it's just hard to find the upside; he also had to be off for over a year for a pretty serious reason.
Let the Cat Out
Flatter 6 for 156 with first-time turfers; SP sire didn't run at 2, took 4 of 6, was best long, never turfed; dam was unraced; both siblings won once, neither tried grass; runner figured to run big on the drop in last but was finished early; passing.
Jade Master
Master Command 10 for 103 with debuters, 4 for 55 with first-time turfers; G2 winning sire didn't go at 2, banked over $1.1 million, never turfed; dam was unraced; all 4 sibs won including double turf winner and over $100K earner Paracaidas; may need easier to shine.
So Outspoken
The drop helped in last; the 2nd and 8th finishers in the shore finale graduated next out and the winner that day clicked right back in a $40K N2L race with a 76 Beyer; SP 3 for 11 dam earned about $80K, was 2nd in best turf moment; this is her first to race; back to the original pilot; he looks live.
Fiddlers Tango
A slow dancer in MSW land, maybe the drop will shake him up; he has a shot to mature with grace as top kin Coahoma was SP at 5 and won 4-time on turf; if this guy can run at all, he figures to show it here.
Only the third race stateside and he's in for $725K less than purchase price; the sib to win was just one for 28 and a 17-race loser on turf; he only beat 3 the one time he was in the money; clever barn due for a little luck.
Wraps re-added last time, try to get a good look at him on the track; winner of the Chicago finale won back-to-back since, the last in an N1X fray with a 79 Beyer; rates upset glance.
Horse Latitudes
Soph pressed the moderate pace, still gave it up; note runner did improve big time in the second off the layoff run in April; don't ignore.
Slick Daddy
Scat Daddy about 12% with debuters in a 140-runner sample, 14 for 103 with first-time turfers; sire took debut at 2, won multiple Grade 1s, earned over $1.3 million, never turfed; dam was unraced; lone kin won twice but lost thrice on grass; lean toward watching one.
He may have just hated the off going last time; his owners would love to see him running like top kin Motor City Mama, who won 9 times and banked over $260K; shades off, like they were for the career low Beyer.


Race 12

King Wando
Second time Lasix and he got a feel for this demanding distance; dam was 0 for 5; 4 of 5 siblings won including stakes winner, 3 for 12 racer and $135K earner In Te Domine; this race doesn't seem to come up all that tough and with slight improvement, this guy could make some noise.
Jesses Giant Dunk
Considering the cut back, he could be left with a ton of work to do late; 7 for 42 dam earned nearly $140K; 2 of 5 sibs won; one banked nearly $50K but needed 52 starts to do it; the hotter the pace the better for this one.
Native Singer
Brings natural speed, could show even more with the blinks today; Group 3 winning 4 for 14 dam banked $150K; 3 of 5 sibs won; top kin Adirondack Dancer took 3 of 13, earned $175K; can't fault those that give him another shot at glory.
Summer Place to Be
Corinthian about 7% debuters in a 187-runner grid; G1 winning 6 for 12 sire, won in second start at 2, banked $1.2 million; dam third in lone start beaten neck here in 2007 in an open MSW with a 76 Beyer; connections would love to see him mature like kin Win With Beck, who took a stakes, banked $370K; respect everything from this barn.
Can't be too happy about the lone sprint; he has some semblance of speed and there is not much of that commodity in the race; 2nd and 4th finisher in last won at this very level next out and the winner repeated in a $14K optional; trainer has spotted them fine all year.
Freud about 11% debuters in a 325-runner grid; sire was 2nd a half in debut at 2 at The Curragh at 6 furlongs on a yielding course, graduated there at 3 at about a mile on turf; 4 for 23 dam earned nearly $90K; toss anything from a 37% barn at own risk.
Mr. G. Zee
Comes off a career effort, but now back with MSW foes; note show horse in last was nearly 4 clear; that show horse returned to run 5th in a state-bred MSW; has some things to iron out.
One Red Cat
Apparently not much of a work horse, never thrilled to see repeated beats for a tag at this level; blinks on has been a good ploy for this barn; still may need sellers to shine.
Mirror races in last pair and neither was pretty; last 5 Beyers all within 3 digits and he probably needs to improve in that department to get unsaddled.
Shot to Win
Roaring Fever 6 for 118 with debuterss; stakes winning sire took debut at 2, banked over $200K; 10 for 42 dam banked $275K; lone half sis was third in best result; homebred does look fit enough; interesting.