08/07/2013 12:08PM

Closer Looks: Saratoga August 8, 2013


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Race 1

Euro Power
Nice wake-up call in last on flat at Delaware; maybe she s finding herself at 5; won at Open House here last year (off good flat prep), then flubbed debut vs. winners; jump distaffers are inconsistent, a different one wins every week; don't mind trainer changes, she's in the same program; gets Young, in with a chance.
Take Her Tothe Top
Maiden brings breeding and two solid tries over jumps for live barn and jockey that won here last week; not much difference between maiden and stakes in this division; coupled with more experienced Opera Heroine.
Casablanca Lily (IRE)
Irish mare with three hurdle starts in her home country; that experience came in heavy going and it won't be that here even if it rains; run off her feet in U.S. debut; needs big improvement.
Ran off screen, literally, in Colonial romp vs. males last time when getting blinkers for first time; race is tough to gauge based on setup and soft turf; consistent sort last fall vs. tougher; connections pulled big-priced shocker here last summer; chance on best.
Hunter Forward (AUS)
Interesting, very interesting; Kingsley dusts off jockey suit for second-timer owned by major international player Watt; decent third at Fair Hill, solid form on flat last year; don't let her beat you at big price.
Opera Heroine
She was this race's heroine two summers ago, but winless since; got off the bench with flat prep (nothing more) at Colonial last month; respect Fisher but prefer entrymate.
Found tough sledding after winning stakes at end of meet here last year; Sheppard factor makes her dangerous; would have preferred the flat-prep route she took last year; take a stand.
The Grey Express (GB)
She's a winner over hurdles in Ireland (on good ground); first US start was good, second was not; who shows up today?
Kisser N Run
Most consistent in division with two wins, two seconds in five tries; just missed in last, when weary in final yards on demanding course; easier time today but still needs clean trip, pace up front; the one to beat.
Well Fashioned
Edged my pick by a nose last time, at classy Iroquois meet so plenty capable; leads field 17 jump runs and four wins, but can struggle at times; starts here last summer were OK, but typical; she stays on, doesn't really make up ground.

Race 2

Sire 14% 2yo FTS; dam won sprint (66K, 3-6 sprint); has 1 wnnr/2 rnnrs (0-1 2yos, 1-2 sprint); dam 1/2 multiple G1 route SW Diazo (581K, 0-2 at 2, 2-4 sprint); barn 6%, $1.61 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS SMSW dirt sprint (0-8 Spa); 6/16 work .01 slow Baffle Me (2nd Fairy Garden Stks turf 91 Beyer 7/4); 7/7 work .02 slow As Well (2nd SMSW turf 67 Beyer 7/21)
Mary's in Utopia
1/2 SP sprinter Amalfi Drive (46K, 1-3 at 2, 3-12 sprinting) by 3-59 (5%) 2yo FTS sire; dam placed sprinting (0-2 sprints) and has 1 winner from 4 runners (1-2 with 2yos, 1-4 sprinters); family multiple G2 SW Valay Maid (641K, 2-2 at 2, 3-3 sprints); barn 0-13 past 5 years with FTS.
Full multiple SW Freud's Notebook (427K, 0-6 at 2, 1-17 sprint) by 12% 2yo FTS sire; dam won debut sprinting at 2 (7K) and has 4 wnnrs/4 rnnrs (0-2 with 2yos, 4-4 sprint); family G3 SW Relic Reward (374K, 0-4 at 2, 1-4 sprint); barn 0-11 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS NY-bred MSW dirt sprint; 7/21 work match Kelly's Prize (3rd SMSW 47 Beyer 7/31)
Miss Narcissist
47K RNA yrlng; 97K 2yo after 3F work 33.3; sire 12% 2yo FTS; dam won sprint (86K, 1-5 at 2, 4-22 sprint) and has 1 winner from 1 runner (0-1 with 2yos, 1-1 sprint); dam 1/2 SW sprint Mighty Eros (95K, 2-6 sprint), 2yo SP sprinter Think I'm Hooked (90K, 1-6 at 2, 2-19 sprint); barn 3-13 (23%, $2.16 ROI) pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS SMSW dirt sprint Spa.
Cryptic Comet
13K yrlng; 55K 2yo after 1F work 10.2; sire 1-40 (3%) 2yo FTS; unraced dam has 1 wnnr/2 rnnrs (0-1 with 2yos, 1-2 sprinters); dam 1/2 2yo G3 SP sprint Tipperary Melody (68K, 1-6 at 2, 1-6 sprint); barn 1-8 (13%, $3.30 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS NY-bred MSW dirt sprint; 7/26 work went .02 slower than King Mugatu (entered FTS MTO R5);
Sire 11% 2yo FTS; 1st starter from SP dam (85K, 1-4 at 2, 1-8 sprint); dam 1/2 multiple 2yo SW sprint Controlled (325K, 4-5 at 2, won debut, 5-6 sprint), 2yo G2 SW sprint Icecoldbeeratreds (353K, 3-5 at 2, won debut, 3-4 sprint); barn 8-54 (15%, $1.65 ROI) pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint.
Con Gee
1/2 SW router Lady Candidate (104K, 1-3 at 2, 0-1 sprint) by 43-362 (12%) 2yo sire; dam won route at 2 (65K, 1-3 at 2, 0-6 sprint) and has 3 winners from 5 runners (2-5 with 2yos, 2-5 with sprinters); 3rd dam 2yo SW Alexandrina (214K, 1-4 at 2, 2-11 sprint); barn 1-10 (10%, $1.44 ROI) past 5 years 2yos MSW dirt sprint; speedy threat drops in with NY-breds.
Gentle Cat
35K 2yo after 1F work 10.2; sire 25-165 (15%) 2yo FTS; unraced dam has 2 winners from 2 runners (2-2 with sprinters); dam 1/2 G2 SP router Futuristic (210K, 1-3 at 2, 0-3 sprint); barn 1-5 (20%, $2.40 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS NY-bred MSW dirt sprint; 7/25 work matches Pegasus Diamond (75 Beyer top); interesting.
1/2 2yo SP Always for You (43K, 0-6 at 2, 1-6 sprint) by 13% 2yo FTS; muliple SP dam (95K, 1-1 at 2, 1-10 sprint) has 5 wnnrs/5 rnnrs (1-3 with 2yos, 4-5 sprint); dam 1/2 multiple 2yo SW sprinter Shesastonecoldfox (216K, 4-5 at 2, won debut, 4-9 sprint), barn 0-14 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint; 2 works match Uncommon Grounds (64 Beyer top)
Stormin Mary
21K yearling; sire 116-788 (15%) with 2yo; dam won sprint (22K, 1-8 sprint) and has 2 winners from 4 runners (1-2 with 2yos, 2-4 sprinters); dam 1/2 multiple SW Bold Comic (220K, 15-39 sprint), SP Mature Miss (122K, 0-1 at 2, 5-35 sprint) barn 0-12 past 5 years 2nd-out; class relief here.

Race 3

Colony Strike
Won 3 of last 4, the lone hiccup coming when he weakened at MTH June 19 in his first start in 8 months; but he came right back there July 6 to romp by 6 1/4, did so geared down, and was flattered (runner-up came right back to win); won his only prior start here a year ago and there's a strong work July 31 to say he comes here feeling good.
Looks back on track; remember, back in Oct. 2011 they thought enough to try the G2 Indiana Derby and he didn't run badly (4th) and the 3 in front of him were top-class; but after that he wasn't seen for over 18 months, was dull in that comeback; was gone another 2 months but then came 2 nice outings in June includling a win so it looks as though Mr. Wise Dan/Successful Dan (trainer Lopresti) has him back on his game and another step forward is certainly within reach and would make him scary.
Broke his maiden here in a laugher back in Sept. 2011 and that was enough to earn a couple graded stakes shots that fall; however, after a nice win on AQU's inner in Dec. 2011 he hasn't done much since; oh, there was a 2nd at 44-1 in the G3 Withers in Feb. 12 but things have been diecy since; was gone 6 months and his 2 return outings at BEL don't exactly get the pulse racing; faces more toughies here but at least there's no big panicky drop and he did work very nicely here Aug. 1 (bullet :59.20B).
Suns Out Guns Out
Left himself with too much to do at CD June 22 and traffic troubles didn't help, but at least he kept to his task and ran on decently; that run looks better, too, when you note 3 of the 5 to exit that race so far won their next start; freshened since and he his only prior start here last summer; working in solid fashion and a bunch of 90-plus Beyers show he has the necessary oomph if he's ready to get back to that type of performance level.
Point Taken
Has come into his own since the winter when claimed for $20K; in his last few he was chasing proven G1 type Caixa Eletronica and wasn't disgraced; doesn't face that kind of power here, unless the rail horse finds more improvement; trouble is, his July 27 run here while not bad wasn't great - could it be a hint that after a busy schedule and some strong and hard races he's on the downside of his form cycle?; could be, and now Jacobson is willing to part with him for $35K.

Race 4

Indian Starlight
She was beaten by a couple of today's rivals when still a maiden and it would have been nice to have seen her show more in her first start against winners in her latest outing; it looks like she'll have to dial up a much improved performance to prove to be the one in this spot.
Rain Forest
Although she was risked for a tag a number of times, she did some decent work over turf as a 3-year-old, and not going to be at all surprised if she improves over what she showed us in her first start at age four; 3rd finisher from latest won next out here on 8/4 going 5 1/2f over turf vs. 65k OPC's with an 86 Beyer; Lezcano has won with 16 of 60 (27%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Improving 3-year-old ran well in her first start for this barn in her latest outing after being claimed for 35k two starts back, and of the horses in the main body of this race, she sports the best last race Beyer Speed Figure; Lezcano may have opted to pilot another in here, but she has the look of a top contender with Castellano in the pedals.
Rock Show
Respect the fact that she goes out for a barn and rider that team up with success, but she's had her chances to show us what she can do, including four turf starts, and her best effort just doesn't appear to be strong enough to threaten the top contenders in here.
Silver Prize
She hasn't been at her best in her five turf starts, and she looks like another in here who is going to need to find a way to produce a performance that is much stronger than anything she's done to this point in time if she's to have a say in the outcome; willing to upgrade her chances slightly if this race gets moved to the main track.
Stick to Your Guns
She was a sharp winner two starts back at Monmouth Park and she was in tough facing stakes competition in her latest outing after taking some time off; she needs to see a lively early pace to help setup her late running style, but she merits contender status against these.
This Is Nice (IRE)
This is a barn that wins with turf starters but this miss didn't have much success in 15 starts racing overseas and prefer to just watch her in her first start in America to try to get a feel for what she might be capable of going forward.
English Rhythm
She's developed a nice level of consistency to her game and she's been in good form lately, even if she was a beaten favorite in her last two starts; runner up from latest won next out at Bel on 7/4 going 7f over turf vs. 35k OPC's with a 76 Beyer.
Two of her five starts over turf have been solid performances and she shows up for a barn that has been well meant with their Spa starters this meeting; Saez is two-for-two riding for this outfit at the current stand; third finisher from latest won next out at Del on 7/27 going 1m over turf vs. starter alw. rivals with a 72 Beyer.
Bricks and Clicks
She has a chance to prove to be the dominant early speed after breaking from an outside post and like the idea of her dropping in class for her second start back from a layoff and her second start against winners; runner up from latest won next out here on 7/25 going 1 3/16m over turf vs. 35k OPC's with an 81 Beyer.
Starship Gambler
She needs to see a scratch from the main body of the race to draw in but she's worth keeping an eye on as she gets ready to make her first start for a new barn after a 20k claim; have to respect the impact that her early speed can have on the way that this race shapes up.
Holiday's Jewel
She'll find herself in a spot to pay immediate dividends for her new connections if she draws in off of the Also Eligible list, and of the turf starters, the 78 Beyer Speed Figure she earned for her latest performance would be the top last race figure in this field; first call for Castellano.
She has a fine pedigree for turf and she's run well enough in recent starts to help give her a competitive look against competition of this caliber; note that she finished right behind a couple of today's rivals three and four starts back.
La Strada
Lightly raced filly has seen her game improve with a move to turf two starts ago, and this Pompa-owned miss is still eligible to have more to show us with only four starts behind her; Alvarado has won with 5 of 13 (38%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
My Sparky
It's fair to question the dirt form that is lined up in this race, so if this mare gets to make her first start for the Rodriguez barn in this spot, she'll be tough to look past; she's won four of six over dirt surfaces and she figures to grab the early advantage and prove to be tough to reel in.

Race 5

American Creed
115K wnlng, 155K RNA yrlng by 10% 2yo, 7% 1st-turf sire; 1st starter from route winning dam (45K, 0-2 turf); dam 1/2 G3 SW Naughty New Yorker (1.0M, 2-6 at 2, 0-2 turf), SW router Pupil (204K); barn 0-10 past 5 years 2nd-time 2yo dirt/turf; 7/30 work matches Strong Mandate (5th FTS MSW dirt 59 Beyer Spa 7/22); should appreciate more distance;
Forever Utopia
29K RNA yearling, 30K 2yo after 1F work 10.3; sire 3-59 (5%) 2yo FTS, 3-50 (6%) 1st-turf; dam won sprint (98K, 2-3 at 2) and has 1 winner from 1 runner (0-1 with 2yos, 0-1 turf); dam 1/2 multiple SP turf Broadway Snowman (204K, 5-26 turf); barn 1-12 (8%, $4.25 ROI) pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW turf route; 7/17 work match uncoupled mate Free Mugatu.
John Bailey
11K wnlng; 75K yrlng; sire multiple G3 SW (1.3M, 0-1 at 2, 7-29 turf) and is 0-4 with 2yos, 0-2 turfers; dam multiple SP (196K, 0-3 at 2, 4-20 turf) and has 1 wnnr/2 rnnrs (1-2 2yos, 0-2 turf); dam full turf SP Sax in the City (130K, 1-1 at 2); dam 1/2 turf SP Writingonthewall (412K, 5-21 turf); barn 15%, $2.26 pst 5 yrs 2yos (0-4 turf); not out of it.
Marvin's Miracle
17K weanling; 62K yearling; new sire multiple G3 SW (1.3M, 0-1 at 2, 7-29 turf) and is 0-4 with 2yos, 0-2 turfers; 1st starter from sprint winner (37K, 0-2 turf); dam 1/2 SP sprinter Those Lion Eyes (193K, 1-4 at 2); barn 1-4 (25%, $2.17 ROI) past 5 years 2yos; solid effort in debut and is a logical threat.
Bluegrass Flash
1/2 SW Marquet Madness (226K, 1-5 at 2, won FTS, 5-20 trf), G2 trf SW Discreet Marq (305K, 2-5 at 2, 4-8 trf, 1st-trf wnnr) by 15% 2yo FTS, 7% 1st-trf sire; sprint SW dam (198K, 1-4 at 2, 0-5 trf) has 3 wnnrs/5 rnnrs (3-4 2yos, 1 FTS wnnr, 3-5 trf, 1 frst-trf wnnr); barn 17%, $2.36 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS NY-bred MSW trf route; expecting good effort.
Cool It
1/2 SP Livin Large (221K, 4-28 turf) by 87-742 (12%) 2yo, 12-179 (7%) 1st turf; mud/route-winning dam (13K) has 8 winners from 12 runners (2-6 2yos, 3-8 with turfers, 1 first-turf winner); 2nd dam SP sprinter Whidah (54K, 1-1 at 2); barn 1-11 (9%, $17.63 ROI) past 5 years 2yos dirt/turf; more ground helps; must improve.
Justice Dept
5K RNA yrlng; sire 9% 2yos, 5% turf); dam won turf England (18K, 0-2 at 2, 1-6 turf) and has 0 wnnrs/2 rnnrs (0-1 with 2yos, 0-2 turfers); 3rd dam G2 turf SW Bella Colora (France); barn 15%, $1.35 pst 5 yrs 2yos sprint/route turf MSW; 3rd finisher from debut returned to finish 3rd twice in turf stakes (65 Beyer top); jock's 1st call; expect speed.
The Mooche
Sire 8% 2yo FTS, 14% 1st-trf; dam placed trf (0-5 at 2, 0-3 trf) has 1 wnnr/2 rnnrs (0-2 turfers); dam 1/2 G3 route SW Irving's Baby (763K, 2-8 trf, 1st-trf winner), G2 trf SW Deeliteful Irving (479K, 1-2 at 2, won FTS 5-12 trf, 1st-trf wnnr); barn 25%, $4.05 2yo FTS (0-1 turf); 6/15 work .02 faster Malibu Mudslide (7th MSW turf 51 Beyer CNL 7/13)
Luv Dakota Skye
32K RNA wnlng; 9K RNA yrlng; 1/2 G2 SW sprint Twice as Bad (276K, 2-12 at 2, 0-1 turf), SW Twiceasbeautiful (211K, 5-30 turf, 1st-turf wnnr) by 10% 2yo FTS, 7% 1st-turf sire; dam won sprint (24K, 0-3 turf) and has 5 wnnrs/5 rnnrs (2-2 with 2yos, 1 FTS wnnr, 2-4 turf, 2 frst-trf wnnrs); barn 0-8 past 5 years FTS.
Free Mugatu
50K yrlng; 150K 2yo after 1F work 10.1; sire 5% 2yo FTS; dam won sprint (78K, 2-11 at 2, 4-22 sprint) and has 2 wnnrs/2 rnnrs (2-2 with 2yos, 2 FTS wnnrs, 2-2 sprint); barn 13%, $3.30 ROI pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS NY-bred MSW dirt sprint; 7/26 work .02 faster than Cryptic Comet (entered FTS R2); jock 2nd call.
Thug Daddy
40K 2yo after 1F work 10.4; sire 47-277 (17%) 2yos; 1st starter from turf-placed dam (0-2 sprint); dam 1/2 multiple SP Diamond Anchor (577K, 0-6 at 2, 2-22 sprint), SW router Daytime Promise (215K, 0-1 at 2, 0-1 sprint), SW Promiseville (101K, 1-3 at 2, 1-3 sprint); barn 1-3 (33%, $1.26 ROI) past 5 years 2nd-time 2yo SMSW dirt sprint Spa.

Race 6

Coach A. J.
Try to catch me; in 4 of his last 5 races he raced 1st at the 1st call; was troubled in latest but has defeated just 2 runners combined from last 3 races; the show runner from last posted a 91 Beyer speed figure in his next-out BEL alw. win; the 6th-place finisher from last Beyered 85 taking a PRX-25K-claimer next out.
Majestic Jess (IRE)
Was troubled 1st time in the USA but today is more than doubling the claim price off a loss; the rider of last sides with More Hundred Acre; he hasn't won on turf yet and hasn't won past 6F; will need to find the missing passing gear.
Beat the 5th and 8th-place finishers from last who Beyered 86-74 in next-out PRX-starter alw. and BEL-20K-claiming wins; 7%-winning fresh trainer does not add confidence off his career-best Beyer noting the win rider lands on More Hundred Acre for this; hard to fault the consistent form and should work out a good trip chasing Coach A.J. to the lead; can he win right off the bench is the main issue.
Kanturk Kid
Has just 1 other race off a 45-day or longer layoff and it was a last-place finish; stakes winner at longer has been unable to run back to his 2-year-old top Beyer this season; the show runner from last Beyered 81 in his next-out BEL-starter handicap win; the 2-back winner repeated in a CRC-optional claimer with an 84 speed figure.
Prado Cat
9%-winning fresh trainer is the concern off the last-place Grade 2 now in a race where he can be claimed; the 2-back runner-up finisher Beyered 89 in his next-out KEE-Grade 3 stakes win; lone win was on the lead at longer but Coach A. J. figures tough on the lead; cuts back to the shortest-distance test since his career debut.
Yo Blue
Claimed 3 times since May the new barn is high-percentage 1st-off-the-buy; have to go back to February on dirt to see a bad race on his form; worked dirt bullets for this eyeing up his 5th win in a row; 1st time on the SAR sod while the last win rider lands on Ale..
More Hundred Acre
Super-fresh trainer off the twice-beaten favored losses; last looks better since the show runner Beyered 83 in his next-out 63K-Jersey Derby win; he beat the 2-back show finisher a next-out 91 Beyer BEL alw. winner; late runner cuts back to his shortest distance test ever which is the lone concern; win rider reunites and lands here despite having other options.
Win rider stays here despite seemingly having other options; seeks the right level 2nd time back off the 2-back maiden breaker defeating the runner-up finisher who Beyered 78 in his next-out 25K-maiden claiming win; has never been better coming off back-to-back Beyer Tops.
Southern Tier
Consistent Beyers but stretches back out to 1 Mile noting his lone win at 5F; Kanturk Kid easily handled him as 2-year-olds but he has improved since then; was outfinished 2-back at shorter and getting the Mile distance is a huge question mark.
Her never been this far and off latest fade obvious stamina questions come into play for this with Coach A. J. a major pace force from the inside; beat the 2-back show runner who Beyered 86 in his next-out FG-MSW win; keeps rider Johnny V winning 29% for the barn since 2012.
Main Track Only entry with a bad sign that he posted a 2nd-start Beyer regression which is almost always an improvement effort; beat the debut show runner who Beyered 62 in his next-out PRX-25K-maiden claiming victory then repeated in a starter alw. with a 76 speed figure; has been working well on dirt off the 41-day absence.
Two T's At Two B
Went right from MSW into stakes now is in a race today where he can be claimed from; MTO began career 3-for-3 but is 0-for-4 since; best Beyer on a wet track; stakes winner comes into this way off best form not showing the same type of gate speed displayed as 2 year-old.

Race 8

Keep Bustin
Although she has lost twice at this tricky distance, both of those defeats were against the undefeated Lovely Syn who has a 92 Beyer top; this filly has proven to be a consistent performer and should offer a better price today than in the last run; consider.
Course and distance winner has progressed nicely since the maiden win at Delaware vs. soft company; since the shocking victory here last month, she shows a decent maintenance breeze and may be able to prove that the last score was no fluke.
Guyana Princess
A fairly consistent rallier who usually has to settle for a minor award; she has a win at this distance to her credit but was the beneficiary of a rapid tempo in that tally; needs all the pure speeds in this contest to set an intense pace.
Earned a strong comparative Beyer 3 starts back and was given the proverbial leg up on the turf in the last run; has matured since her 2 failures here last summer, one involving a difficult post position and the other featuring a sloppy surface; move up her chances if there are key late scratches among the front-running types.
Discreet Force
Perfect thus far but she gets a major challenge today because of her inexperience at this oval; workout regimen during the last month is certainly way above average and she may be able to rally from close range as a result; continuing the streak will not be easy though.
Golden Galaxy
A very popular item at the claim box, this mare has an outstanding batting average and can handle various types of soil conditions; expert trainer/jockey combination at the helm is a distinct plus and despite the presence of others intent on the lead today, she is a major contender.
Lenders Way
Resident longshot is well-versed at this distance and draws a favorable slot, right outside of one of the main speeds; in her only attempt here last summer, she had a troubled trip (a race that turned out to be key); worth some follow-up.
Miss Da Point
She has been successful via the turnback angle before and her most recent a.m. breeze was atypically fast; if she can equal, or surpass, the performance level of that score in June, she has very strong money chances now; can be used in exotic wagering if the price is right.
True Fortune
Jumps up the ladder following the claim last month and did set solid fractions in that turf debut; has been clearly beaten by some of these same rivals in the past, however, and will have to upgrade significantly in order to turn the tables; cannot endorse for the top spot.
Rushed into contention last month after failing to break straight and true; she has shown no preference for this oval up to now (although one of those failures was at a distance well beyond her scope); faces nemesis Golden Galaxy once again and may have a tough time reeling in that speed merchant.
Hundred Acre Wood
Newcomer to the course seems in deep today as her pace profile does not match up; best efforts have been at a mile and today's test could be a stepping stone in that direction; watch for her next time on the stretchout.

Race 9

Adriatic Dream
Late runner starts from down inside in her local debut after getting up for second money behind a front running winner who set some pretty solid splits in that downstate heat; don't know that she'll get much pace in front of her here and the tight turned course won't make things easy on her, but she should be rolling late.
Palace Dreams
Lightly raced filly earned the best number any of these has on the green when wiring cheaper over the course on Opening weekend of the stand; she returns quickly for the rise in company and did have things her own way last time, but she draws inside here and doesn't look to encounter much early opposition; spots them stakes experience and figures to take a big hit at the windows, but this improving filly has done little wrong and looms the one to deny right back.
Tries both the lawn and a route for the initial time in here after getting on track too late sprinting in her first off this outfit's claim; barn has gone quite well to start the stand but their numbers on the surface switch aren't much and this gal's sire is just 1 for 26 with his initial turf starters; winless dam's other foal to race was 0 for 2 on the lawn.
Kelli Got Frosty
First part of the barn's coupling didn't have much to offer first time on the lawn while chasing quick splits downstate; SW has earned plenty of checks in stakes company, but her lone sib to race was winless from 2 surface tries, so maybe it's just the footing that she's not going to prosper over; prefer to consider her when back on the main track.
Jerusalem Stone
Returns to the lawn for the first time since getting on track too late over yielding ground nearly 11 months ago; filly didn't have much to offer in stakes company when last sighted 3 months back and her sibs are a combined 0 for 4 on the green so don't know that she's going to go much better in here; passing.
Fantastic Eyes
She broke her maiden the last time she tried 2 turns on the lawn so the stretchout should benefit her; late running filly got her feet wet in the sprint try over the course on Opening day here and she could go better with that one behind her, but she's not going to get anything close to the type of setup she got last time.
Frosty Bay
She's been pretty good since they put shades on and moved her back to the green 3 starts back; she overcame a pretty slow clip to break her maiden at 2 turns this spring and she found herself closer early in the shorter stakes score over some of these last time so maybe today's clip won't impact her; contender.
Sus Annmaries Gold
Barn's other half makes her first start under their care while stretching out for her turf debut; barn hits at a big clip with this type first out, but they don't do especially well with runners moving to the infield and this gal's sire if 0 for 14 with his first time turfers; dam was 0 for 1 on the green and her lone foal to try the footing was 0 for 2 over the stuff.
John's Mariah
She's been beaten by some of these in her last few starts and the barn has had a pretty rough stand thus far; filly draws a little better this time and it's nice to see Rosario get back aboard; maybe she's able to get more involved early from here in a field with little early foot, but she's got some improving to do in order to get in the mix here.
Image of Noon
Gray has only run a handful of times and she was right there at the wire when sandwiched by a couple of these in the Belmont one turn stake last time; her lone 2 turn spin raises a little bit of a question about her ability to go long, but it was just her second career try and she does figure to find herself in a good spot early in a field without a lot of lick; barn hasn't had much luck here but the are profitable of late on the stretchout; consider.
Steps up to the restricted stakes ranks in her surface debut while making her first start off the claim by a barn that isn't going well here but they do a nice job right back with this type; sire gets 9% first time surface winners from his offspring and the dam was winless from 12 turf tries prior to dropping another goal who finished off the board in each of her 4 starts on the lawn.