08/06/2013 1:33PM

Closer Looks: Saratoga August 7, 2013

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Race 1

Otoy
52K short yearling, 50K yearling, 18K 2yo after 1F work 10.4; sire 32-257 (12%) 2yo FTS, 41-310 (13%) 1st-turf sire; dam won sprinting (15K, 0-1 turf) and has 2 winners from 3 runners (0-1 with 2yos, 0-3 with turfers); dam 1/2 SP router Penny Perfect (98K); this is barn's 1st debut runner over past 5 years; big price expected on solid pedigree.
 
Mack Miller
42K yrlng, 120K 2yo after 1F work 10.1; 1/2 G3 SW Electrify (666K, 2yo FTS wnnr, 0-1 trf), G3 SW Rothko (281K) by 15% 2yo FTS, 6% 1st-turf sire; unplcd dam (0-3 at 2) has 8 wnnrs/10 rnnrs (3-7 2yos, 1 FTS wnnr, 2-4 trf); barn 17%, $1.78 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW trf sprnt Spa; 6/24 work match Bashart (3rd FTS MSW trf 61 Beyer 7/12)
 
More Than Classic
100K short yearling, 110K RNA yearling, 120K RNA 2yo after 1F work 10.1; sire 44-384 (11%) 2yo FTS, 70-491 (14%) 1st-turf sire; 1st starter from sprint-placed dam (0-1 turf); dam full G3 SP M. A. Fox (93K, 0-2 turf); dam 1/2 G1 SP router Watching You 136K, 1-3 at 2, FTS winner); barn 3-17 (18%, $1.20 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf sprint.
 
Catfive
Sire 14% 2yo FTS, 11% 1st-trf; trf SW dam (121K, 1-2 at 2, 2-6 trf, 1st-trf wnnr) has 1 wnnr/1 rnnr (1-1 turf); dam 1/2 G1 SP router Impeachment (350K, 1-1 at 2); barn 4-13 (31%, $2.44) pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS (0-1 turf); 6/12 work match Brianna Nicole (2nd 16K MCL turf 59 Beyer 6/19); 6/12 work .01 faster than Justin Nguyen (2nd FTS dirt 71 Beyer 7/27)
 
All Cash
1/2 multiple SP Andover the Cash (171K, 2-28 turf), multiple SW Spenditallbaby (469K, 2-9 at 2, 3-17 turf), 2yo route SW Runforthemoneybaby (187K, 2-6 at 2, 0-3 turf) by 9% 2yo FTS, 18% 1st-turf sire; dam won turf (179K, 4-22 turf) with 5 winners from 5 runners (2-3 with 2yos, 4-5 turfers); barn 1-14 (7%, $4.07 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS turf (0-4 sprint)
 
Little Boss
32K RNA wnlng, 40K yrlng; sire 11-53 (21%) 2yo FTS, 8-34 (24%) 1st-turf sire; multiple turf SW dam (242K, 0-4 at 2, 9-31 turf) has 2 wnnrs/2 rnnrs (0-1 with 2yos, 2-2 turfers); 2nd dam multiple SW Double O J (88K, 3-7 turf, 1st-turf winner); barn 0-13 past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf sprint; 7/7 work matches Smart Cover (1st MSW turf ELP 59 Beyer 7/28).
 
War Hawk
Sire 4-78 (5%) 2yo FTS, 14-100 (14%) 1st-turf; 1st starter from unplaced dam (0-2 turf France); 2nd dam G3 SW Watch (610K, 8-20 turf, 1st-turf winner); barn 3-31 (10%, $1.08 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf sprint (0-3 Spa); 7/26 work matches Aireofdistinction (3rd MSW turf 80 Beyer 7/29); 7/26 work .03 faster than Great Mills (98 turf Beyer)
 
Belly of the Whale
Sire 1-9 (11%) 2yo FTS, 0-10 1st-turf; dam won G3 on turf Italy (107K, 1-1 at 2, 3-18 turf, 1st-turf winner) and has 0 winners from 2 runners (0-1 with turfers); 2nd dam G3 turf SW Miss Carolina (Italy, 257K, 1-3 at 2, FTS winner, 9-18 turf, 1st-turf winner); barn 4-18 (22%, $1.86 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW turf sprint (0-3 Spa).
 
Flying Joe
19K yrlng, 65K 2yo after 2F work 22.1; 1/2 multiple G3 SW Flying Glitter (597K, 1-2 at 2, 2-9 sprint) by 7% 2yo FTS sire; SP dam (90K, 2-13 sprint) has 7 wnnrs/8 rnnrs (3-6 with 2yos, 4-8 sprint); dam 1/2 multiple SW Joe's Son Joey (441K, 1-3 at 2, 2-11 sprint); barn 1-32 (3%, $1.10 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa.

Race 2

Bond Vigilante
Not only looked good winning at BEL June 21, but there were some elders behind him that day, too; hasn't run since, but hey, that June 21 win came off a layoff somewhat similar to this, so he's proven fresh; also nice that he's worked so well since and Brown/Ortiz have been dynamite together (3 for last 6, 50%).
 
Chapman
Tough beat in the NY Stallion Stakes at BEL May 5 when 2nd but gaining on the winner; hasn't been seen since, however, which is a bit disconcerting; good news is he remains in vs. this caliber and he's got the tactical speed and versatility to give Lezcano options; overall Beyers stack up decently, so long as Marriedtothemusic's through-the-roof 99 fig from a few weeks ago was a fluke.
 
Longfor the City
Came back after a lengthy layoff looking like a new horse; was it Lasix, dirt, maturity?; maybe a bit of each; either way he's looked super of late at BEL; love the bullet work July 16, too, as it says he holds his edge; that being said, he's up in class again so he likely needs another move forward to be a big player - but that's hardly out of reach.
 
Marriedtothemusic
Question is, was that huge effort here July 21 where he won easily earning a monster Beyer (99) the real deal, or was it a fluke?; there's the rub, because if that's really what he can do then the rest are running for 2nd; if, however, it was a function of being in total control of the race from the bell, well, there are others in here with speed so an easy lead this time may not be so easy to attain; he is a perfect 3 for 3 with Velasquez and when he's made the lead and those were some decent OPEN foes including elders in laughed at last time.
 
Cajun Best
Won 3 of 4 this year since coming back from a lengthy layoff so there's ability here to be sure; that being said, all that good work came at FL and the Beyers leave him with quite a bit of work to do; only 2 tries away from FL weren't very pretty but in his defense those were also his first 2 career starts and he's obviously a much better horse now than he was then, though whether he's better enough to run with these is another matter.

Race 3

Mononoke
Unlikely lass keeps getting into speed duels and draws tricky post for the distance involved; today marks only her second attempt in the claiming world though and her last attempt at 7 furlongs involved a strong early pace; somehow needs to shake clear in opening stages.
 
Light Weight
She has a modicum of early speed but no endurance as of yet so the placement at this longer distance is a bit puzzling; got into a bitter duel with today's rail runner last time and the same fate may await again; cannot endorse for the top spot.
 
Gingee
Rallied belatedly for a minor award recently and should benefit if the inside pair today go on another mission together; extra furlong should help the cause and she can be considered in exotic wagers if all the speed types remain intact.
 
Rufus Ruth
Flashed much more prompting speed in the latest run and the switch to this surface can do wonders; the sire won the Kentucky Derby and 2.9 million; the dam went 5 for 17 earning 326K; winning siblings include 38K earner Porvoo; curious item.
 
Wisdom of Oz
Like others in the field, she remains a question mark at 7 furlongs although she was a definite pace factor in her last try at this distance; needs to be reserved off battling inside front-runners in order to improve her upset chances.
 
Scienziato
Makes her belated main track debut and the most half-mile breeze shows a clear improvement; her sire won multiple G1 stakes and 4.9 million; the dam never raced; among the winning siblings is 104K earner Scientist.
 
Ampa's Girl
Would probably welcome some rainfall as her career debut, at the course and distance, was sharp; draws a comfortable attack post and can be a late presence here if achieving ideal stalking position; playable.
 
Hooked Again
Nothing accomplished in either start on the lawn but the blinker addition and drop to the common ranks should help; her sire won 1.6 million including multiple G1 scores; the dam won 4 of 14 and 52K; winning siblings include 133K earner Soaked.
 
Sarah's Wild Girl
Resident longshot is worth some play as she is wheeled right back and did gain some conditioning in the last pair on the lawn; had legitimate excuse in previous efforts over the main oval and outermost post should work in her favor; consider.

Race 4

Mighty Ian
His last race was little more than a workout and he should be full of confidence following his easy win in just his third start; it is never easy facing winners the first time and he is going to have to deal with other speed; nonetheless, he certainly is headed in the right direction and he was claimed by a hot trainer who the past five years has a 21 percent strike rate with newly claimed horses; big shot.
 
Upward
He got bumped a couple of times and went pretty wide around the turn in his latest in a slightly cheaper race with the same conditions; the winner came right back to win at this level with a 79 Beyer Speed Figure Sunday; blinkers go on for the first time and it wouldn't be surprising to see him show more speed in his second start for a high percentage trainer; others look more attractive, however.
 
Flying Bird
Takes the drop into a conditional claimer after three-straight losses by double digits and the past five years Zito has won with 26 percent of his starters running for a tag the first time; winner of his latest won a Grade 3 at Keeneland in April; this guy improved when he moved to turf following a dull effort here last Sept. and it also looks like he might want more distance; tough call but he should probably be thrown in the mix.
 
Favorite Uncle
Goes from one good trainer to another with the claim and the past five years Maker has a 30 percent strike rate when he runs them back the first time; he ran for a tag for the first time in his latest at Churchill and he probably wins the race if he didn't get bumped around and squeezed back heading into the turn; sharp work over the training track July 28 could be telling us something and note the strong jockey-trainer stats showing; the pick.
 
Can't Catch Me Now
Homebred took a long time to break his maiden and the muddy track may have had something to do with it; the Beyer Speed Figure came in pretty light and he finished pretty far back in his next two starts with winners; goes back to dirt but he'll need to improve quite a bit to make an impact here; passing.
 
Bemata
He's the only horse with three wins and he will appreciate the easier company after getting waxed in a $35K starter race here July 21; he wasn't going to beat the winner, who earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure for his front-running win, but he would have been a lot closer if Rosario didn't have to take a hold of him heading into the turn; he has to be considered a serious threat with Rosario keeping the faith.
 
Drum Roll
He faded after chasing the winner in the same race Upward and Vee's Accolate exit and considering his connections it probalby speaks volumes that he was over 8-1 running for a tag the first time; blinkers go on and he could take them a long way if he can clear early; others look more attractive, though.
 
Vee's Accolade
He's the only older horse in the field and it would be hard to key a horse on top that has had 31 starts and just a single win; he has been part of the super in his last 10 starts, though, and he shouldn't mind the extra furlong after rallying to finish third in his latest; claimed back by Rodriguez who couldn't get him over the top in six starts; consider for the exotics.

Race 5

Old Pal of Mine
Like to see the way he's improved his form over his 2-year-old season, but this looks like a tough spot for him to be getting over the Saratoga turf for the first time; winner from latest won next out at LaD on 7/19 going 1 1/16m over turf vs. 12k OPC's with a 75 Beyer.
 
West Hills Giant
Multiple stakes winner beat a few of today's rivals over the Belmont Park turf course two starts back, but that was going seven furlongs and one turn, and even though he has a couple of decent starts routing, still feel that he's at his best at distances shorter than this; Prado has won with 5 of 12 (42%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
 
Orino
Lightly raced 3-year-old has run well in back-to-back starts prior to this, and even though he was beaten by a couple of today's rivals in his latest outing, he chased a fast early pace that day; he might appreciate stretching out in distance and his dam was G3 stakes palced while winnning 4 of 10 starts for 121k, including 2 of 5 turf starts for 56k.
 
Madam I'm Adam
His form has clearly improved with a move to turf, but he was beaten by a few of today's rivals in his latest start and he's going to need to dial up a much sharper performance if he's to turn the tables on those foes in this spot; respect the fact that he goes out for a solid trainer/jockey tandem, but looking toward others.
 
Captain Gaughen
He was impressive in breaking his maiden three starts back, and he was very game to earn the place in a seven-furlong event behind today's rival West Hills Giant two back, and in his latest outing, feel that the outside post dictated that he had to be used quite a bit more early on than he would have liked; going to look for him to employ late running tactics and put in a bold stretch bid.
 
Sun Storm
Sire wins with approximately 9% of his turf starters and dam won once from three starts for 28k, and she didn't make a turf start; third finisher from latest won next out here on 8/1 going 7f vs. MSW rivals with a 70 Beyer.
 
Belief System
He's three races removed from a stakes win, but the Rodriguez barn saw fit to drop him in for 35k in his latest outing after being eased two starts back; respect the fact that he's making his first start for a barn that has been very live at this meeting, but prefer to look in another direction.
 
Deferred Asset
Like to see what he did in his first two career starts, but it would have been nice to have seen him show more in his first attempt against winners in his latest outing, and this has to be considered a pretty tough spot for his first start beyond six furlongs.
 
Escapefromreality
Grade 3 stakes placed gelding will find himself in an ideal spot if this race has to be moved to the main track, and he seems likely to be ready to give a good account of himself after a smart run off of a layoff in his latest outing; he'll be tough to look past if he gets to go.
 
Jesses Giant Dunk
Perhaps his connections feel that he's much better than what he showed in his career debut but this would be an extremely tough assignment for this maiden; Espinoza has won with 7 of 24 (29%) mounts for this barn in 2013.

Race 6

So Royal
Projects to battle to the front with My Cousin Zinny then hopes to hold off the closers; 99-day layoff for a 1-for-20 fresh trainer since 2012; she defeated the show runner from last who posted a 64 Beyer speed figure in a next-out BEL-25K-maiden claiming win; 2-back runner-up graduated next out in a CMR-30K-maiden claimer.
 
Blue Ballerina
Claimed off a near-miss finish; has 9 minor awards with 5 in a row she often races well in defeat; last time on turf was a near-miss finish and owns her best Beyer on the green; late runner gets a good pace flow to rally into after saving ground especially if My Cousin Zinny and So Royal duel each other into defeat.
 
Baal Perazim
Been a much better grass runner than dirt; even more alarming was that she showed up with front wraps on for last then beat just 2 runners home; reunites with the rider of her best speed figure; trainer is 1-for the last-87 with maiden-claiming starters.
 
Ivy Chain
Offerfed brief speed in her losses and with So Royal and My Cousin Zinny signed on here the frontend projects contested; sire is 29-for-227 with 1st-turf starters; stakes-placed dam (3-for-12, 146K) did not race on grass; her only other foal to race is 1-for-6 turfer Atlantic Tap (31K).
 
Wedding Lass
Sire is 5-for-96 with 1st-turf starters; 23-for-195 with debut runners; dam won 2-of-7 (15K) going 2-0-0-0 on the grass; her only other foal to race is 8-0-0-0 Berning Lass (3-0-0-0 turf); 7%-debut trainer since 2012 but latest good-turf workout suggests she will be an exotics factor at 1st asking.
 
Malibu Mudslide
Races at her shortest distance ever after being primed for this at longer in the grass debut producing her 2nd-lowest Beyer; the wet turf, the layoff and the route distance all helped account for the low speed figure; best Beyers and finishes occurred on fast dirt.
 
My Cousin Zinny
Speedster has to fend off So Royal from the gate then hold off the late runners; sire is 17-for-180 with 1st-turf starters; is out of a 3-for-13 grass dam (135K); 2 of 3 foals to race on turf are green winners including 104K-turfer stakes-placed Pink Diamond (1-for-14); 10%-winning trainer 1st off the claim since 2012 does not add to the appeal.
 
Pan Dulce
Claimed from last 2 defeats; she gets a great closers' setup with so much gate speed signed on breaking inside of her; cuts back to the distance of her June-show finish; great sign that the rider of last stays here despite the barn change however the 20% jockey-trainer combo since 2012 is 0-for the last-19 at SAR.
 
Hidden Music
Defeated 1 runner combined from her last 3 races and beat no runners in 2 races off the May claim for a trainer who began the SAR meet on a 1-for-19; posted a mild-dirt workout for this; the 2-back runner-up finisher Beyered 69 in her next-out SAR-60K-maiden claiming win.
 
Iratinelexburance
Main Track Only entry exits a career-low Beyer racing 2nd off the claim; she finished last trailing throughout vs. the winner who repeated to make it 2-for-2 in an AQU-optional claimer with an 81 Beyer; the 2-back show runner graduated next out in a GP-MSW race with a 78 speed figure; best Beyer was posted on wet dirt (defeated by Blue Ballerina) so hopes for some moisture in the ground for this.

Race 7

Roses for Romney
She will appreciate the easier company after not being able to keep up with Grade 2 winner Discreet Marq in the Eventail; she did hold on well to finish third and she will be the one they will have to catch here; there is other speed in the field but she should be able to set the same kind of fractions that she did in her previous romp and she could be gone if she breaks alertly leaving from her inside post; the pick
 
Caribean Beat
Goes for her third in a row and she could take a big step forward in her second start back following a lengthy layoff; nice work here August 2 and the shape of the race could work in her favor; horse she beat came back to finish ninth in a first-level allowance race here Ju.y 20; she'll need a Beyer boost to contend with these but can see her working her way into the bottom half of the exotics.
 
Sally's Dream
She earned a decent Beyer Speed Figure for her win in a $20K starter raced July 12 but she had a perfect trip from just off a slow pace and they will be going a lot faster here; the horse she beat has only won conditional claimers and this is a much-tougher spot; passing.
 
Princess Mara
Won two straight including a race at this level on dirt before a very dull effort in her latest; claimed by Contessa and the past five years he has an 11 percent strike rate running them back the first time; would like to have seen her come back a little sooner and her only win on turf came in a $16K conditional claimer; prefer others.
 
Color Blind
She hasn't hit the board in four starts this year her only win on turf came over a yielding course at big odds; horse that won her latest won a $20K optional starter race at Finger Lakes with a 61 Beyer Speed Figure July 20; the hurdles seem pretty significant here; passing.
 
Mah Jong Maddnes
She looked like she might do some serious damage when she moved to the lead midstretch but hung late and finished third going 7 furlongs at this level in her latest; the fourth horse came back to win a $35K conditional claimer July 11; this gal has won going this far and with her tactical speed should get a nice trip from a stalking position; she could also be ready for a big effort in the third start of her current form cycle; contender.
 
Ornellia
Toss her debut where she finished fourth and she's been part of the tri in all nine of her races; she broke with her head in the air when she left from the rail in her latest but had a decent trip the rest of the way; had a chance to do some damage but hung late and was passed by Temper in Command late; hard to knock her consistency but just not sure she wants to go this far; use in the exotics.
 
Downtown Hottie
6-year-old doesn't have as much upside potential as her younger rivals but she's pretty reliable and is coming off a solid effort at this level July 13; only horse coming out of the race with a start since just missed in a $50K optional race sprinting here July 31; another one to consider for the exotics with Velazquez taking over.
 
Temper in Command
She looks very dangerous coming off a big effort going 7 furlongs in her first start of the year and she won going this far in her last start of 2012 so the move to a route shouldn't be an issue; expecting her to take a big step forward with a race behind her and there will be speed coming back to her; big shot.

Race 8

Real Estate
Veteran drops a notch in class from 25K to 20K after a fifth after a troubled start in his first start of the meet; looks a little shaky compared to others based on 2013 form, having only won a 15K conditioned claimer; top Beyer this year is only a 78; unlikely.
 
Thinking of Girls
Retains Johny V, and drops in class after a needed race July 21 in which he was third in a starter for horses that had never won an open allowance race; consistently runs Beyers in the 80s on dirt; stretch out to 7f a strike against, though; he seems best at 6f and tired in two prior starts at 7f when racing at SA (though he was a longshot in both those starts).
 
Poised to a Tee
Exits the same race as Thinking of Girls, but didn't perform nearly as well as that rival by fading to eighth; clearly didn't run to his capability there, but toss that one and this horse has been rock solid in terms of his consistency; two Beyers in the 80s, and now gets Rosario; better on the way.
 
Assured Victory
With one-turn miles not an option here at Saratoga, his connections put him in the longest sprint possible - 7f; would expect this race to suit him in terms of distance; it's the company that looks challenging; he was best in 2012, but hasn't run all that quickly this year; last race marked his first Beyer in the 80s and it came with a clear lead in the mud.
 
Terminus
The return to a dirt sprint should result in a better effort; he has not gone unplaced in two starts on turf; so that last race is a toss out; although a winner on fast and wet tracks, he seems to run best when the going is off; not as fast as others in the field; pass.
 
Taproot
Returned from a short hiatus to finish a fine second for 17.5K; he has not been first or second in 3 of 5 starts this year, and one of the times he wasn't, he raced in a turf route; sprinting on dirt is what this fella does best; 6f might suit him better than a longer sprint, but there appears to be plenty of speed to set up his stalking rally; edge.
 
Political Justice
Ran evenly on the turf last time; so it's back to the dirt for him; unfortunately, his dirt form is very mediocre - a lot of fourths; main plus is the return to the Saratoga main track, where he won a race last summer.

Race 9

Love Those Boots
At least there is no Hold on Smokey to deal with here; colt has a nice stalk and pounce style and he was nearly 3 clear in last; not sure he was beating anybody in the last win as the place horse that day returned to run 3rd beaten 3 in a $30K N3L fray; slight improvement and he could be in the thick of it.
 
Perregaux
Carroll good with this move; he is 3 for 14 or 21% the last 5 years going dirt to turf with optional claimers with a median payoff of 9-2 and 4 others ran in the money at odds between 9-5 and 9-1; must prove he can win sprinting as the maiden break was on the synthetic at 8 and a half furlongs; 5th finisher in last took ak $40K Ellis optional next out and the 7th finisher took a $25K Indiana optional; 4 times as many slices as win makes him a tough on-top only proposition.
 
Ravalo
Far from disgraced last time and he has the two races to draw from now; 6/8 show horse cashed next out in a $51K stakes at Delaware, then was 3rd beaten just over 2 in a Grade 2 at the shore; the winner of the 2013 opener repeated took a G3 at Monmouth by a nose with a 98 Beyer next out; senior citizen has had a great career, wonder if he is just getting tired of the grind?
 
Quality Council
Pressed and faded in lone turf out; runner has natural speed but can sit just off of it and succeed; show horse in last took a $15K N3L in next, lost 8 in a row; first time for sale, you would figure it to be an all-out go; nice move on the 29th, respect everything from this barn.
 
Hannibal Lecter
Toscano 0 for 7 the last 5 years going dirt to turf with optional claimers but one ran 2nd beaten a neck at 16-1; wide when pressing pace in the grass debut, he seems to move up in the off going so keep one eye to the sky if the race comes off the turf; disrespected on the tote last time and the fans were right on the money; the 5/12 place horse won a $30K optional in next, then ran out of the money in an N1X; needs a turn around.
 
Palace
Only serious horses are in the money in 9 of 10 and he had the valid excuse of falling in the poor try; colt basically flattered rival on the direct inside in last; he has beaten some nice horses in his career; the place horse in the 2012 closer has won 4 of 6 since with a 2nd in a $50K Golden Gate stakes; can't fault consistency.
 
Console
Mott is 2 for 22 or 9% the last 5 years going dirt to turf with optional claimers and 2 ran 2nd; been given time since press and fade job in last; like the spacing of the return drills as he goes second time Lasix; 6th finisher 10/27 last year took a $16K optional next out, was beaten double digits in 4 straight since; show horse 10/27 took an N2L allowance at PID next out with an 80 Beyer for Pino; can never dismiss sub :22 speed.
 
Notmyfirstime
Scat Daddy 14 for 102 with first-time turfers; sire won multiple Grade 1s, earned over $1.3 million, never turfed; 3 for 8 dam earned nearly $60K, never turfed; the sibling that tried grass Scarlett D'Herea was 2nd in best grass result beaten 3 and a half in a MSW at Mountaineer; been given time since wide failure in last but he had a legit excuse for the other poor race; winner of last repeated at this very level with a 105 Beyer here on 7/20; out to make amends for flop as chalk.
 
N. F.'s Destiny
Beaten by the repeater the only time he was out of the money; only beaten to the first call twice and it was his first two chances vs. winners; apparently not much of a work horse but that has not been a concern so far; the one to beat if he gets a chance to suit up.

Race 10

Shortcoming
Gelding was no match for the winner at the local level a couple of weeks back but he just missed the place at this trip; maybe the move inside helps him save some ground and no one in here ran faster on the Beyer scale than he did last time; price will be shorter today and the barn hasn't seen the winner's ciricle much this year, but he's a contender.
 
Moravitz
Sharp claiming barn took this guy out of a disappointing well bet debut run downstate and hopes to improve him off this meet's top conditioner; interim drills are all easy breezes and the barn knows how to place them; minor SW, G3 SP dam won twice on the green so maybe this guy does have a good move forward in him with the initial experience out of the way.
 
Code Z
Showed some early interest in his first start since last fall but quickly retreated and was given a little time to get ready for this one; barn hasn't had any recent luck with its absentees and this 5 year old hasn't been much of a threat on the green, but he has earned numbers that put him right in the thick of this one.
 
Brandy's Big Guy
Statebred moves back to claimers after failing to impact in his first local sod spin, though he did earn a number that fits at this level; barn has won just once this year and their runners haven't hit the board at ths stand; he has earned some minor awards on the footing and the price should be right to try and get him in the mix for one of them in here as well.
 
Professor Chaos
Steps out of the New York bred ranks after getting on track too late in his local return; he doesn't have much early foot and that's not going to help him in a paceless heat, but he's one of a handful in here who have earned numbers that make him a threat and the barn does boast a winner at the stand.
 
Sunnyinseabrook
Sophomore was only a few lengths off one of these at the finish in his return to the lawn here last time; barn has had a rough go of things at the local stand and this guy is another who hasn't shown much early interest and that won't benefit him in here; have to side with others on the win end.
 
Prince Curlin
Colt's first start this year when dropped in for a tag didn't look much different than what he'd run back at Aqueduct and now he'll get on the green; sire is 4 for 27 with his first time turfers, but this guy's lone sib to make it to the races, juvenile SW sprinter and 120K earner Wonderful Luck, failed to hit the board in her lone grass try; barn's record on the surface switch has us just watching him today.
 
Won'tualwayswonder
Drops to the bottom in his return to the green for a barn looking to win at the stand and one of their top pilots gets aboard; lone surface spin wasn't much but he broke poorly in his first crack in blinkers and he was in against a much tougher set than he'll see here; barn's numbers with the move back to the infield are sharp and this guy is kin to a surface winner; he'll take plenty of money in a weak gathering, but this invader looms dangerous.
 
Mise En Place
Tries both the route and the green for the initial time in this spot after failing to recover from a rocky start against statebreds on the Belmont main track; sire is 1 for 91 with his first time turfers and the dam never tried the green prior to dropping 3 winners, one of whom was winless from 10 career surface spins, so don't know that he's going to prosper with the move to this footing.
 
Solo Approach
Outside drawn gelding showed some early foot from an inside post in his circuit debut and held third money while returning from nearly 4 months on the shelf in that one; he should be tighter with the try behind him and he'll get a switch to Castellano here; expecting he'll be involved from the bell in a heat with very little lick signed on and that could give him the jump on his rivals; may prove to be the one to beat.
 
Like a Boss
MTO failed to threaten the top 2 when just 5 lengths out of it after sitting a wide spot in his first start in 5 months last time; he ran ok against cheap claimers going long on the inner this winter and the figure jump in his last suggests he's matured some in the interim; pedigree says a wet track should agree with him as well.