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Closer Looks: Saratoga August 18, 2013


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Race 1

Le Plume
50K short yearling; sire 51-367 (14%) 2yo FTS; 1st starter from unplaced dam (0-1 on turf); 2nd dam multiple SW Sophie My Love (234K, 1-3 at 2, FTS winner, 1-2 sprint); barn 1-36 (3%, $2.77 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa; 7/22 work matches Optimizer (101 turf Beyer, entered Sat R9); vet scratch 8/4; stuck inside.
40K yrlng, 49K yrlng, 130K 2yo after 1F work in 10.0; sire 14% 2yos; dam 2yo sprint winner (28K, 1-2 at 2, 1-5 sprint) with 2 winners from 3 runners (1-2 with 2yos, 2-3 with sprinters); dam 1/2 SP 2yo sprinter Galiano (19K, 1-2 at 2, 1-2 sprint); barn 2-6 (33%, $1.70 ROI) past 5 years 2nd-out 2yos MSW dirt sprint Spa; showed solid speed; contender.
Art of the Game
190K yearling; sire 97-639 (15%) 2yo; dam multiple G1 SP (293K, 0-1 sprinting) with 0 winners from 2 runners (0-2 with 2yos 2, 0-2 with sprinters); dam 1/2 SW turf Megantic (295K, 0-1 at 2); barn 0-11 past 5 years 2nd-out 2yos MSW dirt sprint Spa; no shot vs. impressive winner after poor start; deserves another chance, but lots of turf blood.
75K wnlng, 150K yrlng, 200K 2yo after breezing 1F in 10.2; sire 14% with 2yos; unplaced dam (0-2, all sprints at 2) has 2 winners from 4 runners (0-2 with 2yos, 1-4 sprinters); dam 1/2 G2 turf SW Pine Dance (0-1 at 2); barn 3-35 (9%, $2.71 ROI) past 5 years 2yos MSW dirt sprint Spa; overwhelmed by promising runner earlier in meet; better fit here.
Cosi Celeste
325K wnlng; 1/2 G3 SW Fight for Ally (546K, 3-4 at 2, 3-8 sprint), SW Colonial Glitter (258K, 1-4 at 2, 3-15 sprint) by 14% 2yo sire; dam placed route (3K, 0-3 sprint) with 4 wnnrs/9 rnnrs (3-7 with 2yos, 3-8 sprint); barn 1-22 (5%, $0.26 ROI) pst 5 yrs 2nd-out 2yos dirt sprint; trailed after poor start; may want more ground.
Ma Billet Doux
1/2 SW Heart of a King (254K, 0-1 at 2, 7-25 sprint), 2yo SP Nockonheavensgate (58K) by 15% 2yo sire; winning dam (43K, 1-1 sprint) has 3 wnnrs/4 rnnrs (1-3 with 2yos, 3-3 sprint); dam 1/2 turf SW Pompeyano (France, 255K); barn 2-27 (7%, $0.64 ROI) pst 5 yr 2yos turf-dirt; 8/5 work match Slumber (93 turf Beyer, entered Thurs. R9); expecting better.

Race 2

No firepower in her debut last month but notice she was only 5 to 1 that day in a large field; her sire won a G1 stakes and 407K while the dam went zero for 6 lifetime; among the winning siblings is 32K earner The Wiley Vet.
Broadway Music Gal
Beginner was sired by 163K earner One Nice Cat whose offspring have thus far won 3 of 65 initial starts; the dam scored in 4 of 39 appearances earning 155K; sib to 100K bankroller Parkhimonbroadway.
Transit Express
She was sired by multiple G2 winner Read the Footnotes who amassed 450K and whose progeny have won 11 percent of their first races; the dam was without a victory in 4 tries; there are no winning siblings to report; playable.
Sheds the blinkers after a fair second in her first local try but the final time of that event was on the slow side; can upgrade though following that needed tightener and may be able to stay within range on this turnback.
Progeny of Pollard's Vision, a G2 winner who notched 1.43 million, are 14 for 151 as far as winning their first test; the dam went 4 for 25 earning 110K; winning siblings include 42K earner Grinnell.
You Take the Cake
She nearly lived up to her name last month when losing by a diminishing length while huge odds; she jumped way up on the Beyer scale in that placing and must be respected here although today's pace may be a lot more commonplace.
Mini Muffin
Exits the same race as the previous runner and she did not have a smooth trip in the late stages of that affair; can last longer and earn a much larger share today if minding her manners and if the early tempo is slowed down considerably.
Rt. Sixty Seven
The mare makes her belated 2013 debut and is scheduled to race without blinkers for the first time; latest half-mile breeze was modest but she has shown a bit of prompting speed; suggest a wait and see betting approach.

Race 3

Meeker Avenue
2-for-2 for rider Espinoza who returns for this while he is 1-for-5 in all other races; when he breaks well fires his very-best races and when he does not break in the top 3 spots just does not fire at all; good news is his last-out SAR upset win was just his 1st race over the track but now nearly doubles the price tag for this trying to pass the class test.
Adds blinkers for the 1st time in career after troubled from the gate in last pair; hopes the new hood helps keep him together better in deep stretch; 3-SAR races lacked stamina including latest last-place finish and career-low Beyer speed figure; hopes to sit just off the speed then wear them down.
Grey Oak
All-or-nothing career with 2 wins and 6 off-the-board finishes; has been working well for his 1st SAR race off the 87-day absence for a 10%-winning fresh trainer since 2012; last win was on a synthetic surface rallying from midpack beating the runner-up finisher who Beyered 76 in his next-out AP-25K-claiming win.
Boston Proper
65 days away for a 5%-winning fresh trainer since 2012; his turf diploma earner looks better since the runner-up finisher graduated next out in an IND-MSW event with a 62 Beyer; best Beyer on a wet-main track but has something to prove on a fast-dry oval after posting 2 double-digit length off-the-board defeats.
Flying Bird
Surface switch after defeating 1 runner from his last 3 races combined but was ambitiously placed facing stakes company twice in last 3 defeats on grass; drops into a race where he can be claimed from; is winless on dirt including a far-back finish at today's distance on the SAR-main track; career-low Beyer 2-back vs. the show runner who Beyered 94 in his next-out PRX-optional claiming win.
Cuts back to his shortest-distance test since a BEL June, 2012 runner-up finish vs. MSW company; 10 minor awards with 1 win during career he often races well in defeat; 0-for-16 on fast dirt does not add to the appeal; exits his lowest Beyer since November when racing 2 turns returning to SAR where he is 0-for-4; the runner-up finisher from last Beyered 81 in his next-out MTH-optional-claiming win.
Escape Artist
Has been unable to fire back to his career-debut Beyer Top March, 2012 at longer; cuts back to his shortest-distance test ever which does not appear to help this late runner; winless-dirt runner ran well in defeat on the SAR main track last summer at much-longer than this; the 3-back runner-up finisher Beyered 79 in his next-out BEL-optional-claiming win.

Race 4

Knock Quietly
One for 36 is a near impossible number to bet into with any degree of confidence; he's never been close vs. winners but is back with state-breds; can't endorse.
Spirit of Peace
Colt has the two races to draw from now; show horse in last cashed next out in a $20K N2L at DEL with a 67 Beyer; best Beyer vs. winners last time; with a clean start, it could be a whole new ballgame; rider turned trainer has spotted them just fine with limited starters; not impossible task.
My Pal of Pals
Basically out to prove the 25-1 maiden breaker was no fluke; in tight early in last and he just never recovered; pushed along two back, he may be best being put in a stalking mode; has to hurry.
Madam I'm Adam
Wide in every race this year, last time he was up for sale, he graduated; backers can point to the fact there are two 6-figure earners in the family; expect much better effort.
Nelson Avenue
No apparent excuse at the shore two back; he gave backers a nice thrill last time at 45-1 but had to hail the cab relatively early; would think long and hard before taking too short a number.
Freud's Debut
Gelding has the three races to build on now and he could be on the muscle on the stretch out; the distance is well within his range and he's been in the money in 3 of the 5 vs. winners; rates long look in all the slots.
Life's a Roar
It took him awhile to figure it out but his races since have been solid; race over the course can't hurt and 6/24 show horse took a $25K N2L, then ran 3rd beaten 8 in a $30K N3L; 7th finisher 6/24 took a $25K N2L fray at Penn National next out; trainer has been sending out live stock.
Turn Up the Music
Was heard loud and clear in the lone win but has only been in the money once since; what happened to the speed he flashed back in the day?; has some things to iron out.
Song of Aspen
The cut back and the huge drop produced the lone score; last race was his best Beyer since but he really didn't scare the winner; he has a right to get the trip as kin Disco Diva won multiple routes; probably a late factor if at all.
El Corriente
The shades were on for the lone win, just like they are today, but he graduated through a double DQ; a repeat of either of the June efforts would make him a contender; needs a rebound run.
Poppa Loves Mambo
Look for him to be forwardly placed; note he was on the lead in the last stretch out situation; show horse in last took a $16K starter in Philly next out, 5th finisher took a $10K N2L there; respect everything from this barn.
Tape It
He only beat 4 foes in the lone win; not sure he was beating anybody either; the place horse in the win has lost twice; tough to pull the trigger looking at the last fiasco.

Race 5

Texas Zip
Sire 18% 2yo FTS, 15% 1st-turf; dam won route (59K, 0-1 turf) with 3 winners from 3 runners (1-3 with 2yos, 0-1 with turfers); dam 1/2 G3 SP 2yo Bala (230K, 0-7 turf), 2yo turf SW Mousse Au Chocolat (193K, won debut, 1st-turf winner); barn 6-30 (20%, $2.31 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf route Spa; respect pedigree and barn.
Arctic Slope
Sire 7-139 (5%) 2yo FTS, 14-147 (10%) 1st-turf; unraced dam has 1 winner from 2 runners (0-2 with 2yos, 0-1 with turfers); female family 2yo G1 route SW Sauce Boat (144K); barn 1-15 (7%, $3.22 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf route Spa; 5 works match Long Station (FTS Sat R2); 8/6 work matches No Dishonor (4th MSW turf 48 Beyer 8/12).
High Ransom
Sire 38-252 (15%) 2yos, 9-92 (10%) 1st-turf sire; 1st starter from unraced dam; dam 1/2 multiple G3 turf SW Sacred Song (England, 167K, 1-1 at 2, 4-8 at two, 1st-turf winner), multiple G2 turf SW Strut the Stage (1.5M, 1-2 at two, 1st-turf winner); barn 2-30 (7%, $1.74 ROI) past 5 years 2nd-out 2yos dirt-turf; tackled runaway in debut; bred turf.
Branded Hand
50K yearling by 38-252 (15%) 2yo, 49-339 (14%) turf sire; 1st starter from SP dam (100K, 2-5 at 2, 0-1 turf); 2nd dam SP Miss Pine Top Az (15K, 0-4 at 2, 0-7 turf); barn 1-7 (14%, $1.20 ROI) past 5 years 2nd-time 2yo turf routers MSW Spa; showed speed vs. solid group; figures tighter for this; logical.
280K yearling; sire 23-177 (13%) 2yo FTS, 23-254 (9%) first-turf; G2 SW dam (171K) has 1 winner from 2 runners (0-2 with 2yos, 0-2 with turfers); dam 1/2 G1 route SW Offlee Wild (976K, 1-3 at 2); barn 1-8 (13%, $2.87 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf route; stout pedigree.
65K RNA wnlng, 185K RNA yrlng, 195K RNA 2yo after 1F work 10.2; 1/2 SW Squallcreek (151K, 0-3 at 2, 3-17 trf), G3 trf SP Catch Wind (Italy) by 14% 2yo, 21% trf sire; unplaced dam (1K, 0-2 trf) has 4 wnnrs/7 rnnrs (1-6 2yos, 2-5 trf); barn 2-10, $1.13 pst 5 yrs 2nd-out 2yo sprint/route trf MSW Spa; ran behind next-out 81-Beyer stakes winner in debut; factor.
Storming Inti
Sire 11% 2yo FTS, 13% 1st-turf; unraced dam has 0 winners from 1 runner (lost at 2, lost on turf); dam 1/2 multiple G3 SP Dark Cheetah (328K, 2-3 at 2, won debut, 2-17 turf, 1st-turf winner), barn 6-30 (20%, $2.31 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf route Spa; 8/4 work match Breakeven Analysis (2nd FTS MSW turf 53 Beyer 8/11)

Race 6

Saturday Appeal
Sophomore has speed and he'll move to the fence after tiring from his pace efforts in his local return at the level last time; he looks to face several who are quick enough to push him early so even if he is capable of outrunning them to the top he'll likely have to work hard to do so; don't think he'll be around at the finish.
Read the Proposal
Lightly raced colt failed to finish after pushing the leader and blowing the turn on the lawn here Opening weekend and now he'll move back to the dirt to try 2 turns; he wasn't bad at the level downstate and he's quick enough to sit a tracking spot from this inside draw; he's the first foal to race out of a dam whose lone win came sprinting, but his sire was a G2 SW router so maybe he takes to this trip and he did break his maiden first out here last summer; nice to see Rosario take interest.
Street Lord
He's only run a handful of times and now he'll move back in with older after tiring against his peers in the sloppy Finger Lakes stake last month; gelding did break his maiden impressively at 8 panels downstate and he was ok at 2 turns on the inner this winter; move forward puts him right in the thick of this and the price should be ok.
Ego Friendly
Adds the hood for an outfit that's been pretty quiet at the local stand; gelding wasn't very good first time over the track a few weeks back and his prior effort at the level wasn't much either; have to side with others on the win end.
Beat of the Drum
Steps up and stretches out in search of his third straight score after wiring conditioned claimers at a shorter trip downstate; gelding has speed and should be involved from the bell in his initial 2 turn spin; unraced dam's other foal was a 5 time sprint winner, but this guy's sire was a G1 SP, G3 SW router so it wouldn't be a surprise if the freshened gelding took to the added ground.
Ghostly Vision
Beaten last out chalk gets back to 2 turns for the first time since the inner track season where he immediately broke his maiden after being stretched out; effort 2 back at Belmont earned a number that fits well in this spot and he does exit an effort in which he made a wide run to the leaders; giving him the nod to beat them home.
Artie Luvsto Party
Didn't factor when sent off as the chalk at Finger Lakes in his first start off the claim for an outfit that's won just one race all year; gelding has early foot and that winning effort 2 back at Belmont is tough to overlook, but he hasn't done his best running of late at a 2 turn trip like he faces today; consider.
Sophomore broke from an outside slot in his local sprint return from 4 months on the shelf and had little to offer from that wide spot; maybe the stretch back out to 2 turns helps and he does figure to be tighter for this one for a barn that's had some recent luck, but he doesn't own many numbers that fit with these.
Smokin Candy
Gelding was re-claimed by this outfit while coming up short late at 8 panels on the rise to this level; number he earned in victory 2 back was aided by a quick clip, but he was pretty good going 2 turns last year and today's added trip does figure to benefit him in a field that looks to feature a solid clip; contender.

Race 7

Ave's Halo
Hung wide in last but she was inching toward the winner; the place horse in the 2012 closer won twice since, the last in a state-bred $50K optional with a 79 Beyer; miss may have just been short in last; note she only had the 2 published drills going into the last; clever barn due for a bit of luck, check out the 13 slices this meet.
White Crane
Youngster brings a nice stalk and pounce style to the party; she did everything but get unsaddled in last but they were all together on the line, sometimes a sign of just an ordinary race; consistent her whole career, has the taste of the local surface, major player.
White Sangria
Must respect her speed and considering she is fresh, she could be on the muscle; she set the fastest splits of her career in the local effort; show horse in last won at this level next out, 7th finisher took a $10K Tampa claimer; pubished moves on the light side.
With Honorandgrace
Got a feeling we didn't see her A game in last when she acted up at the gate; that might have just zapped her energy; then she caught fast splits and could not keep up; clever move on the 8th coming to this race; don't ignore.
Sweet Maxine
In the lone grass race, in the debut, runner was 8th of 12 in a state-bred MSW; miss has natural speed but has proven she can sit just off of it and perform; the 6/8 winner ran 3rd beaten nearly 5 next out in a $10K DEL optional; can't dismiss.
My Uptown Gal
Stablemate in last ran 10th; Saez got a chance to figure her out and miss should have her sea legs under her by now; key off the race two back and she's valid threat; interesting.
Toss the stuff last year and the mile races and the form brightens; winner two back cashed next out in a state-bred N1X here 8/3 with a 70 Beyer beating runner on the direct outside; both from this barn have similar form, but this gal may need experience vs. winners.
Desert Bliss
Hung late move fell just short and although she has been far from a win machine, she is pretty consistent; wide three back and steadied 6/16; look for rider to take a hold, try to get the to settle, relax, then make the one run.
Neck of the Moon
A bit more keen to work in the last drill; nice; she was inching toward the winner in last, a race she may have just needed; barn great after giving them a race off an extended layoff; the one to beat.
Nonnie Connie
Maybe she just hated the inside last time; at least she got some grass experience; 6/20 winner repeated in a state-bred $35K optional by nearly 9 with an 85 Beyer; looking elsewhere for a key top horse.
Pop Pop's Smyle
Whywhywhy 11 for 147 with first-time turfers; sire won 3 stakes at 2 including G1 Futurity at BEL with a 102 Beyer, didn't try grass; dam won 4 sprints, 4 routes, never turfed; all 3 siblings won including G2 winner and over $500K earner Yawanna Twist but none tried grass; 6/29 place horse cashed next out in a $15K claimer, then was crushed in a stakes; would be careful here.
Finally got there and she was extended; some like this kind of play figuring the runner now has some degree of confidence but that can be a slippery slope; lean toward watching action vs. winners.
Absolute Beauty
Better distance for her today and note she graduated in the cut back situation; could see her sitting a nice close up then rally trip; legit threat if she gets a chance to suit up.
Run a Dubb Dubb
Did that Belmont finale just knock the starch out of her?; could be as the races since are ultra dull; she only beat 2 horses in the last win a wasn't even favored; hard to adore.

Race 8

Concise (GB)
She ran on well through the lane to grab the place prize in her first start in America in her latest outing, but not all that wild about the competition she faced that day, and this will prove to be a much tougher test for her; interesting to see her connections try blinkers today.
She was outfinished by today's rival Watsdachances in her latest start, but that was a fine effort for her first start back from a layoff and she might be tougher to deal with this time around, especially if she can control the early tempo.
Watsdachances (IRE)
She's proven that she can pack a strong stretch punch on her best day, and after a couple of somewhat disappointing starts to begin her 2013 season, she ran very well off a layoff in her latest outing when finishing second to Kitten's Dumplings who was scheduled to run in the G1 Del Mar Oaks on Saturday.
Nellie Cashman
She deserves a lot of credit for the way that she was able to record an upset in the G3 Virginia Oaks in her latest start, but an ideal early pace scenario certainly helped her that day, and she will need to be ready for a much sharper try to get the job done in this spot.
Broken Spell
She's just 1-for-17 lifetime, but she's seen some tough competition along the way and she's run a few nice races from her six starts over turf; she's G1 stakes placed over the synthetic surface at Keeneland and she finished just a neck behond Watsdachances over this turf course in 2012; she has a chance to play the role of a spoiler.
She beat today's rival Broken Spell in her latest start, but a fine ride by Johnny V. had a lot to do with her getting up in time, and she is going to have to prove that she's capable of a sharper performance than that over turf to get the job done in this spot.
Caroline Thomas
Feel that she's much better than her form looks on paper and lately she hasn't had any luck in getting a closer-friendly early pace scenario, and she did have some traffic trouble through the stretch in her latest outing; that said, it looks like Tapicat might control the early tempo in this race, so she might be trying to rally behind a slow early pace once again today.
She's two-for-two racing over dirt, both surfaces with moisture in them, and this stakes placed miss has shown the ability to run well when fresh; winner from latest won next out at Mth on 7/27 going 1 1/16m over turf in a 66k stakes with an 82 Beyer.
Flash Forward
Have to respect the steady improvement she's demonstrated through her first nine starts and she enters this race off of back-to-back stakes placings; her most recent workout looks sharp, so going to look for her to be ready to give a good account of herself.

Race 9

Shadow Rock
Lightly raced 3-year-old has run well in his three turf attempts, but he was beaten by today's rival Channel Marker in his latest outing, and now he's faced with a tricky rail post that has gone 2-for-35 (6%) at the current meeting.
Never the End
March foal is basically making his 3-year-old racing debut today and have to respect what he's done in his two starts sprinting over turf; like the idea of him trying to take it right at this field from the bell and Lezcano has won with 13 of 36 (36%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Richmond County
He ran well from off the pace to get the job done at a nice price in his latest start, but that was against 20k claimers, and it looks like Rosario opted to pilot another in here; he loses nothing with John V. taking over, but prefer to look toward others.
Channel Marker
He's another who has looked good in his starts sprinting over turf and the 87 Beyer Speed Figure he earned for his latest performance represents the best last race figure in this field; Bridgmohan has won with 6 of 16 (38%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
He wasn't a match for today's rival Thomas Hill in his latest outing and that rival doesn't appear to be his biggest concern in this spot; he has a stakes placing to his credit, but it looks like a career best performance will be required to get the better of these.
Partly Mocha
He's been a consistent performer, and he earned a career best Beyer Speed Figure in his latest outing in a winning performance, but he loses the services of Castellano, and feel that Joe Can Gallop is the more interesting of the two Weaver-trained horses in here.
Thomas Hill
His two most recent races have been a couple of the stronger performances of his career, and it's worth noting that he was making his first start for this barn in his latest outing, but this does appear to be a tougher assignment for him; certainly wouldn't consider him a shocker with Castellano aboard, but others entice more.
Joe Can Gallop
He stepped up with a much improved performance at second asking while making his first start over turf, and even though he's meeting up with winners for the first time, he commands his share of respect off of that performance; it doesn't hurt to see that he shows up for a barn that is having a strong meeting.
Irish Lion
Have to respect what Channel Marker did in his first two career starts over dirt, but this will be a favorable spot for this G3 stakes placed veteran to land in if this race has to be run over the main track; however, he really hasn't been at his best sprinting in his career and he will need to be careful to avoid falling too far out of it early on.
Mr Rodriguez
He has some early speed and like to see what he did in his first two career starts but his two most recent races haven't been anywhere near as strong; runner up from latest returned to win next out at Lrl on 12/29 going 7 1/2f in a 100k stakes with a 67 Beyer.

Race 10

Eu Bandolero
Began career nearly midway through his 4-year-old season middle-moving in the soft-turf debut at shorter; 71 days since the 35-1 unveiling loss he deserves a chance to compete on a firm-turf course; some runners improve 2nd-time out and he has plenty of room to move forward for this.
Much-improved 2nd-career start when screaming out for more distance and gets it here; figures to save all the ground then make 1 run; the runner-up finisher from last Beyered 72 in his next-out DEL-MSW win; the debut winner repeated in a PEN allowance with a 64 speed figure.
Smart Power
Been working like he is ready to fire a huge race; the 2-back runner-up finisher Beyered 67 in his next-out DEL-20K-maiden claiming win; 1-for-24 turf trainer since 2012 with a runner who was passed in deep stretch at shorter in last; he needed the race his 1st start in almost 1 year but clearly must show a lot more stamina to upset here.
Bank Float
Right back in 2 weeks later; just 1 career start so still has upside after ralling-mildly at shorter; the trainer is not known to win with 1st-time starters and yield just 13% second-start winners so guessing he may need another one to see very-best form.
Runs Like a Kitten
Lacked stamina at shorter when the blinkers provided much-sharper gate speed but he did not finish well enough to give the impression today's 11F is a great fit; the runner-up finisher from last Beyered 83 in his next-out SAR-MSW victory; 33%-winning fresh trainer since 2012 adds to the appeal for a strong race off the 57-day absence.
Many of these have never traveled this far while he cuts back in distance off the jump losses; 1 race on grass on the flats was a strong-rallying 3rd in October; 6%-winning fresh trainer since 2012 suggests we take a wait and see approach.
Professor Midnight
7-week absence off his 2nd-lowest Beyer of career when racing on a wet-turf course; style suggests the added distance today is well within his scope; the 3-back winner repeated in a CD alw. with an 80 Beyer; can he score right off the layoff for a 13%-winning fresh trainer is the main issue.
His 3 grass races did not give the impression that he wanted to travel this far while has already lost 3 times in maiden claimers and leaps way up off the 2-back BEL turf loss; best Beyer saw him fade at much shorter than this.
Three Streets (IRE)
Has not raced on firm turf yet; was screaming out for more distance in his USA debut and gets 3 extra furlongs to uncork that big-late punch; 67-day absence after breaking slowly for the 2nd straight start; super-fresh trainer adds to the appeal; see some upside for this.
Viva Lad
Is the only runner without any grass-racing experience; his sire is just 1-for-31 with 1st-turf starters; is out of an 0-for-1 grass dam who produced 1 lawn winner from 3 other foals to race on the green includng 1-for-8 turfer Dream Date (19K).
Huge race at today's distance for this filly vs. the boys in February and has been knocking on the door since with some strong efforts; defeated the show and 8th-place finishers from last who Beyered 72-33 in next-out PRX-40K-maiden claimer and SUF-MSW wins.


Race 11

Al's Gal
50K wnlng, 30K yrlng, 40K 2yo after 1F work 10.4; 1/2 G2 turf SW May Be Now (Brazil); full G3 SP 2yo router Ann of the Dance (119K, won debut, 0-11 turf) by 9% 2yo FTS, 19% 1st-turf sire; winning dam (Chile) has 8 wnnrs/8 rnnrs (2-5 2yos, 1 FTS winner, 6-8 turf); barn 1-11, $1.90 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS turf route; 7/12 work match Transit Express (FTS R2)
Red Constitution
52K yearling; sire 12-100 (12%) 2yo FTS, 3-112 (3%) 1st-turf; 1st starter from turf-winning dam (113K, 2-3 at 2, FTS winner, 4-20 turf, 1st-turf winner); dam 1/2 turf SW Apasionata Sonata (155K, 4-6 turf, 1st-turf winner), G3 SP Imprimature (91K); barn 0-9 past 5 years 2yos turf.
Rachel's Temper
14K RNA yearling by 94-610 (15%) 2yo, 6-156 (4%) 1st-turf sire; 1st starter from winning dam (46K, 3-14 turf); dam 1/2 2yo SW Reformer Rally (243K, 4-9 at 2, 4-28 turf, 1st-turf winner), SW Wild Royal (115K, 2-10 turf); barn 2-28 (7%, $2.69 ROI) past 5 years 2yos; must improve from dirt efforts.
Sire 9% 2yo FTS, 10% 1st-turf; winning dam (142K, 3-13 turf, 1st-turf winner) has 5 winners/5 runners (1-2 with 2yos, 4-5 turfers); dam 1/2 multiple G3 turf SW Majuscule (Europe), G3 route SW Royal Cielo (163K, 0-2 at 2, 0-1 turf), multiple SW Luhuk (England); barn 1-4, $14.37 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW turf route Spa
725K RNA yearling; sire 46-415 (11%) 2yo FTS, 58-535 (11%) 1st-turf; 2yo SP dam (85K, 1-5 at 2, won debut, 0-4 turf) has 0 winners from 1 runner (lost on turf); 3rd dam multiple G1 SW Blush With Pride (536K); barn 0-26 past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf route Spa; 2 works match Ma Billet Doux (55 turf Beyer, entered R1)
Jazil's Dream
1/2 G3 turf SW Maram (900K, 3-3 at 2, 1st-turf winner) by 0-20 2yo FTS, 3-21 (14%) 1st-turf sire; dam won turf (75K, 0-1 at 2) with 1 winner from 2 runners (1-1 with 2yos, FTS winner, 1-2 turfers, 1st-turf winner); barn 0-12 past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf route; 7/12 work matches Samurai's Honor (6th FTS MSW dirt 0 Beyer 8/9); solid turf pedigree
Kitten Kaboodle
Sire 104-557 (19%) 2yo, 237-1540 (15%) turf; dam sprint winner at 2 (30K, 1-4 at 2) and has 1 winner from 2 runners (0-2 with 2yos, 0-2 with turfers); dam 1/2 SW sprinter Came to Pass (62K); barn 0-11 past 5 years 2nd-time 2yo turf routers; jock's 1st call; gave strong effort in debut; dangerous.
Seeking Her Glory
100K weanling; sire 26-269 (10%) 2yo FTS, 50-513 (10%) 1st-turf; 1st starter from unraced dam; dam 1/2 SP turf router Golden Galleon (79K, 0-2 at 2, 1-6 turf); barn 5-39 (13%, $1.05 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf route Spa; 7/7 work matches King Cyrus (1st FTS MSW dirt 56 Beyer 8/5)
65K 2yo after 2F work 21.4; sire 14% 2yo FTS, 11% 1st turf; dam multiple G3 SP 2yo (97K, 1-3 turf) with 0 wnnrs/1 rnnr (lost turf, lost at 2); 2nd dam 2yo SW Halo Reality (205K, 0-1 turf); barn 6-30, $2.31 ROI pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW turf route Spa; 5 works match Ready to Act (1st FTS MSW turf 74 Beyer 7/22); can't count out.
Candy Kitty
Sire 87-683 (13%) 2yo, 322-2347 (14%) turf; unplaced dam (0-4 turf) has 2 winners from 3 runners (0-2 with 2yos, 0-3 turfers); dam 1/2 multiple G2 turf SW Naissance Royale (740K, 6-20 turf), G2 turf SP Spinnette (England); barn 8-57 (14%, $0.99 ROI) past 5 years 2yos MSW turf route Spa; beaten fave twice, but hardly disgraced; contender
Good Catholic Girl
23K weanling, 25K yearling by 10-84 (12%) 2yo FTS, 1-48 (2%) 1st-turf; dam won route (13K, 0-2 turf) with 4 winners from 5 runners (0-2 with 2yos, 0-2 with turfers); dam 1/2 multiple SW Chuck N Luck (349K, 3-6 at 2, 10-23 turf); barn 1-15 (7%, $3.22 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf route Spa; vet scratch 7/25; jock's 2nd call
Spangled Banner
1/2 multiple SW Ladyecho (381K, 2-6 at 2, 0-2 turf), G2-placed router Whatdreamsrmadeof (137K, 1-4 at 2) by 18% 2yo, 6% turf sire; unraced dam has 5 winners from 7 runners (2-4 with 2yos, 0-4 turfers); dam 1/2 multiple SW Gold Star Deputy (416K, 2-5 at 2, 1-4 turf); barn 1-11 (9%, $1.87 ROI) past 5 years 2nd-time 2yos turf; jock's 1st call.
510K weanling; full SW Quiet Dance (224K, 1-5 at 2, 0-2 turf) by 131-1267 (10%) 2yo, 195-2098 (9%) turf sire; unplaced dam (0-2 turf) has 7 winners from 14 runners (1-10 2yos, 2-8 turfers); dam 1/2 2yo turf G1 SW Minstrella (358K, Europe), G2 SW Misty Gallore (479K); barn 0-17 past 5 years 2nd-time 2yos turf.