09/01/2013 12:42PM

Closer Looks: Saratoga September 2, 2013


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Race 1

Top Tier Lass
She was so sharp in winning her career debut as a 2-year-old that she was looking like the next good thing, but she hasn't been able to equal that performance in four starts since then; nevertheless, this is an ideal spot for her to land in and she's making her first start for a barn that has been hitting at a 32% clip with turf sprinters; it's been tough to win out of this post over the years, and this post is 4-for-60 (7%) at the meeting.
Sire wins with approximately 11% of his turf starters and dam won 2 of 20 starts for 45k, including 0-for-3 over turf; this filly is a 1/2 to Jet to Classics (2-24, 50k, including 2 of 20 turf starts for 47k).
Guyana Star
A. P. Warrior has been a poor influence as a turf sire but this filly has a couple of starts sprinting over turf that suggest she can get herself into the mix with these on her best day; nevertheless, others entice more.
Mo Didn't Know
Mo Mon is another poor turf sire being represented in here and this late running type might have a tough time reeling these in through the stretch while making her Saratoga racing debut.
Sharon Spagetti
Stakes placed filly deserves another chance to see what she can do sprinting over turf after a poor start took her out of her game a little bit in her latest outing, but it still would have been nice to have seen her show more through the stretch in that race.
Crescent Shore
Her best Beyer Speed Figures have been earned racing over dirt, and after being eased in her latest outing, she's going to need to really step it up over what she's shown in her two starts sprinting over turf if she's to have a say in the outcome.
Tina's Note
She has just a single win next to her name after 27 career starts and she's seeking her first 1-2 finish over turf in her 16th turf attempt; it's tough to give her a favorable push in this spot.
Dixie Sparkle
Sire wins with approximately 9% of his turf starters and this is the first foal from a dam who won 9 of 39 starts for 176k, and she didn't make a start over turf; she brings some early speed with her and she ran well in recording back-to-back wins two and three starts ago.
Ascended Fever
Like to see that she gave a solid account of herself in her one start over this turf course and she ran well over a sloppy main track here in her latest outing while making her first start for this barn; her lack of early speed is a concern, but she fits right in with these.
Sire wins with approximately 4% of his turf starters and this is the first foal from an unraced dam; although a heavy odds-on favorite, her latest outing was her sharpest performance to date, and that was only her second start for this barn; looking at this as being a favorable spot for her first start against winners and her first start over turf.
Lady Utopia
She's had her chances to show us what she can do, including a couple of starts over turf, and she's yet to run a race that is fast enough to suggest that she can get the job done in this spot; strictly an outsider.
Typhoon Teri
There are a few horses lined up in the main body of this event who have shown the ability to run their race over dirt, so even though this wouldn't be a bad spot for this filly to land in, she'll have to earn it.
Blue Sixty Four
She was beaten by today's rival Dixie Sparkle just two starts ago and she's going to have to top that performance if she's planning on getting the job done here; she has the look of an outsider.

Race 2

James Jingle
One slice this year and he sure didn't scare anybody that day; inside here, no speed, no asset; face it, he has not been close at this level and will need a total reversal of form.
Mississippi Duel
Nice bit of training to have this guy win in the second start off the extended layoff; nicely managed to be given time after the taxing win last time; note place horse in last was over 3 clear; last angle; this rider is 3 for 12 for Romans in the last year or so.
Barnards Galaxy
Solid try two back and considering he was pinballed against the gate in last, the race was not all that bad; winner on the Pimlico finale won twice since, the last in a $50K optional at the shore with an 88 Beyer; Rosie hired, interesting.
Face the Race
It took the slow learner time but the light has finally gone on; barn is on patient side anyway; 6/22 place horse graduated next out, then was crushed vs. winners when 22-1; respect everything from this barn.
Nelson Avenue
Lost heart breaker last December, has not threatened since; can't be thrilled with the last 2 fiascos; he does have more speed than he just showed; backers could get at least a brief thrill.
With Exultation
Freshened for this and at least he has not been whipped umpteen times; runner has enough zip to maintain contact and note he was rank in the May effort; the winner that day repeated in a state-bred $25K optional, was 4th twice; can't fault those that give him another shot at glory.
Mr Algebra
The numbers are due to add up; he has been around the wire in 3 of the 5 this year and the 6/15 place horse took a $25K N2L next out, then was 2nd a neck in a $20K claimer 7/22 at Delaware; the trip will be everything for this long-fused charge.
Gamblin Fever
Game in the heater two back, maybe he didn't like the distance in last; note there were only 4 rivals in the 8/1 race and with his style, he could find himself in a bit more traffic today; barn has spotted them just fine this meet, will be rolling late if at all.
Don't be too harsh about last; it's never simple to beat winners right back; he has had a tendency to be caught wide this year but he can track fairly close on his best day; could slip in for a section this time.
Elder Skatesman
Two for 74 is a near impossible number to bet into with any degree of confidence; last time he was single digits on the tote was in the cheap restricted claimer; guess somebody had to be 3rd in the 5-horse field two back; can't boost.
First time under purchase price and you put them where they belong if you want to win at 24% or above; runner was right off a :46.62 pace in the lone grass try but faded to 6th in that 7-furlong fray; anything close to a repeat of the Shipman race and he'll be in the thick of it.
Empire Maker about 10% with first-time turfers in a 241-runner sample; sire took debut at 2, won Belmont on way to near $2 million wallet, never turfed; stakes winning 6 for 24 dam earned over $225K, never turfed; 2 siblings tried grass to no avail but kin Giant Moon too a G3, banked over $500K; 6/21 winner repeated in a state-bred $95K stakes here 8/7 with a 94 Beyer; must be left in the hopper.
Prime Devil
Carefully place, proven on the course and the best of 46 drill on the 17th screams off the canvas; he has a right to grow into his skin as kin to double stakes winner and near $200K earner Bon Fearless; don't ignore.
Far from disgraced in the optional claimer 7/13; hung 5 wide in the last 3 efforts, gelding has much more speed than he has flashed of late; could be the bomb in the gimmicks.
Ultimate Empire
Runner took the lead near the 3-16ths pole but drifted in and out and felt the wrath of the stewards; those erractic runs are always a concern; only one poor effor this year and note this rider was up for the lone win; try to get a good look at him on the track.
Sea to Sky
Colt handles any kind of going and know he did graduate in the second off the layoff run; the win was his best Beyer by 9 points; if you figure he was just dead short in last, maybe he could improve; would still be careful.

Race 3

Sayler's Creek
Defeated the show runner from last who posted a 76 Beyer speed figure in his next-out 20K-claiming win; both grass starts were rock solid and figures to save ground again behind a strong pace then should be tough to hold off in the drive.
Cross Gate
28%-winning trainer 1st-time out with newly-acquired runners adds to the appeal; out-dueled turf routers to account for his lone win but being placed on the lead in last did not produce his best effort; reunites with a rider 0-for-3 aboard this one.
Chics Palace
The front wraps came off for last but it did not produce any type of improvement when no match for Slamarama and beating 1 runner home; outsider off that effort moves closer to the rail for this after the 10 post widest draw saw him lose ground every step.
Asset Inflation
1st-turf start is a career-Beyer win showing promise stalking the speed professionally before being allowed to drift out late and should benefit from his 2nd race off the 8-week layoff; the 2-back winner repeated in a BEL-optional claimer with a 79 speed figure.
Show Some Lovin
Drew away like a good thing to graduate but the win rider lands on Slamarama; the 2-back winner repeated in a SAR-20K claimer with a 71 Beyer; the 3-back winner and runner-up Beyered 71-51 scored next-out in PEN MSW and alw. wins.
Only other time with Johnny V was a last-place finish and career-low Beyer but that was going long on dirt and off latest career-best Beyer when rating just off the speed it appears turf sprinting is his best game; the 2-back show runner Beyered 76 in his next-out BEL-optional claiming win; the 3-back winner repeated in a MTH-optional claimer (90).
Out of Your Mind
Last win was his 4th-career start rallying from 5th July, 2011, in a BEL-MSW 6F Inner-Turf victory; mild rally in last with his best 2013 Beyer but when they have stretched this guy out recently the stamina was not there; others appeal more.
Renzo Bertoni
Shelved off the career-best Beyer when closing at 3F longer than this; 0-for-5 long-layoff trainer since 2012 does not add to the appeal while cutting back to his shortest-distance test since the career debut; the 3-back winner and runner-up finishers Beyered 85-79 in next-out BEL-optional claiming and 20K-claiming wins.
Lucci the Lion
Sire is 24-for-251 with 1st-turf starters; is out of an unraced dam; 2 of 5 foals to race on grass are green winners including 53K-turfer Double Domino (1-for-7); field-best Beyer was at 6F on dirt; the 2-back show runner Beyered 76 in his next-out FL alw. win.
Sire is 39-for-346 with 1st-turf starters; is out of an 0-for-9 grass dam (19K); 1 of 2 foals to race on the lawn is a turf winner (1-for-12 Another Gulch 41K sod); the 2-back winner repeated in an AQU-$12,500 claimer with a 66 Beyer; view as a major pace presence.
Antone Suavey
5-0-0-0 record since the maiden breaker and career-best Beyer was at longer on BEL grass; appeared to be screaming out for more distance in last and in his maiden win needed every inch of 6F to get up in time; will be backing others.
The Mad Piper
Main Track Only entry has been away since the blowout graduation when favored 1st blinkers showing new-found gate speed; the debut show runner Beyered 52 in his next-out AQU-16K-maiden claiming win; view as a major pace presence.
Western Grit
MTO showed immediate talent by hitting the board in his 1st two starts; the only 2 runners out of last to race are both winners; he beat the show and 5th-place finishers who Beyered 71-60 in next-out PRX-starter alw. and 10K-claiming wins.
Poppa Loves Mambo
All-freshened up today like his career-best Byeer in March; trying to turn the tables here; MTO could not hold off Western Grit in a key-race loss; the show and 5th-place finishers from last Beyered 71-60 in next-out PRX-starter alw. and 10K-claiming wins.
Mr Rodriguez
1st-blinkered race did not produce the desired results; MTO for a 23%-winning long-layoff trainer; the runner-up finisher from last Beyered 67 in his next-out LRL-100K stakes win; another on the MTO list who figures to be a major-pace presence.

Race 4

Leads off a soft field with some chronic maidens; rallied belatedly for a minor share last month but the cutback in distance may not help as a very strong pace does not appear in store; worth some trifecta inclusion though, rain or shine.
Streets of Fire
Caught wide in his local debut, he draws an appealing post today as the rail entrant is a dead closer; should be able to rally from close range and might be overlooked somewhat in the wagering.
Although yet to finish in the money, that negative trend can end here as he has a better first gear than most of this field; makes only his second attempt for a tag (the other involved a troubled trip); worth some backing if a square price.
Jack's Lion
Cannot recommend under any conditions as he has yet to show any serious firepower; workout tab this month is nothing special and it is unlikely that the turnback to this common distance will matter; pass.
One Red Cat
One interesting item as he exits a tightening race against far better stock than this; races for a career low price tag and should be on or near the lead this afternoon; looks like a very comfortable fit against this caliber.
Foggy Road
The race 2 back is of interest when he rallied strong to miss by a diminishing length; did not enjoy the extension in distance thereafter and should be one of more powerful late threats in this field; respect his chances.
Like several others in this line-up, he could not handle seven furlongs last month; he was in obvious need of that effort and is the only member of this crew who has never been in a claiming event before; should upgrade in a big way today.
My Teddy Bear
Fair showing last month for this same tag; best Beyer by far was accomplished over the turf though and he cannot be recommended as the one to key on top here; wait until he returns to that preferred surface.
Carjon Carjon
In his 2 main track appearances, both off-the-turfers, he showed only minor late kick; did display a bit of prompting speed in his latest run which followed a very lengthy vacation; may simply need more conditioning.
Fairy Snow
Set a decent clip before stopping cold in the last run; the early fractions may not be as heated today and that could help his cause; would grant him much more of a chance today if there is a key late scratch among those with gate speed.

Race 5

Krusin Kelly
Speedy invader draws the fence and takes a big drop in company while in for the optional tag today; maybe she finds this bunch easier but there is plenty of speed signed on and she'll be under the gun from the fence; recent stamina issues suggest that even at this level she may be wary late.
Set a blistering pace against stakes peers in her return from the freshening here a few weeks back and now she'll tackle older with a double bug named; maybe she's better with that one behind her, but the presence of plenty of early lick doesn't help her; quick breaker will be gunning from the bell while trying to go as far as she can.
Giulio's Jewel
First part of the coupling had some early trouble in her return from the freshening and wasn't beaten much by a couple of the gals who return in here as well; though she'll tackle better here the filly clearly likes the green and she could work out a ground saving spot behind the speed drawn to her inside and out; consider.
Indian Splendor
Didn't make the lead for the first time since she's been on the lawn and she hung in there with a career best number in her return to the local lawn last out; fily breaks well from the gate and with all the speed in here maybe she's able to settle a bit again and prove a fresh runner in the lane, but Castellano does go elsewhere.
Sweet N Discreet
Trouble at the start hurt this Pletcher filly as she made her first start against older in her turf debut; her G2 SW sibs Travelin Man, who banked 305K, and Discreet Dancer, a 365K earner, did their damage on the main track, but there is serious ability in this family and she did show the ability to pass horses last time which can only benefit her in this speed packed field; contender.
Strategic Missile
Took a step back behind one of today's foes when when offering little in the lane a few weeks back; statebred's running style does look to put her in a great spot here, but she's lost 28 times in her career and just lacks the knockout punch; limiting her use to underneath in exotics.
Spooky Kitten
Wasn't a threat behind some of these last time and now she'll go back to the pilot who was aboard prior to that heat; she's another who should appreciate pace but a solid clip didn't do enough for her last time; siding with others.
Happy Face
Lightly raced sophomore turns back to sprint after tiring from her pace efforts going 2 turns last time; winner from that heat did return to run a good second against fellow sophomore stakes runners on Friday; she showed 2 back at Colonial that one turn racing on this footing is within her scope and she'll get plenty of help in front of her today; price warrants her a look.
Ballistic Sue
Held on to score at the trip and level last time after being allowed the lead to herself secod time over the course this meeting; she'll pick up a little weight while returning for the same optional tag but this time she moves to a slot further out into the track and will face a lot more early heat; she'll have to earn it from here.
Original Kitten
Boasts a sharp drill for her return from the freshening anfter offering little late going longer downstate; pace may help and she has won at this trip in the past, but these may prove to be a lot for her to handle; barn does well with its fresh runners, though, so we'll use her underneath in exotics.
Madre Ditutticapi
Brings more speed to the table while moving back to the lawn off a main track fade at the level; she didn't show much speed in the troubled run 2 back over the local sod and looks to be in pretty tough in this spot; can't use her.
Tiz Teresa
Barn's other half draws outside after losing her best shot at the start of her local cut back to this trip; she ran on quite well to get second money in that bulky field and now she'll attract Castellano; with a better beginning and plenty of pace in front of her it looks like they'll have her to hold off.
Bobby Jo
MTO was beaten chalk in each of her last 4 and that's enough to take caution in her here; her wet track spin was solid and the pace will likely be lively even if this gets rained off, but she's cutting back a half panel and will likely find herself with work to do late; best makes her an obvious danger but we'll try to beat her if the rains come.
Mama Zee
MTO tries winners after overcome a rough break to run down cheap maidens in her first local try; don't know that she'll like a wet track and this bunch is a lot tougher than she faced last out; barn does well with its runners off this short break, but she'll have to improve quite a bit to best these.
Bird House
Statebred tries open company after earning a nice number against restricted runners at this trip last time; MTO owns a wet track score and that would likely be the condition if she gets to go here; must consider.

Race 6

1/2 G1 2yo sprint SW Cuvee (402K, won debut), G2 sprint SW Will He Shine (346K) by 13% 2yo FTS sire; dam won sprint at 2 (48K) with 5 wnnrs/5 rnnrs (2-3 with 2yos, 2 FTS winners, 4-4 sprint); dam 1/2 G1 SW Olympio (1.4M, 2-4 at 2, 4-5 sprint), 2yo G2 SW Call Now (368K, 3-9 sprint); barn 38%, $2.81 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa.
70K wnlng, 300K 2yo after 2F work 21.2; sire 15% 2yo; 1st starter from route winner (22K, 0-1 at 2, 0-3 sprint); dam 1/2 SP 2yo router Arezzo (61K, 1-3 sprint), 2yo G2 SW Raw Gold (509K, 8-19 sprint), 2yo G1 sprint SW Point Ashley (237K); barn 1-5, $4.40 past 5 years 2nd-out 2yos adding blinkers dirt sprint MSW; expecting a better showing.
Sire G1 SP 2yo sprinter (62K, 1-2 at 2, won debut, 1-2 sprint, 0-2 with 2yo FTS); 1st starter from 2yo sprint winner (36K, 1-4 at 2, 1-7 sprint); female family multiple SW Crafty Alfel (871K, 0-2 at 2, 28-97 sprint); barn 0-36 past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa; 8/29 work matches Ireland (40 turf Beyer); jock's 1st call
Yankee Dime
100K yrlng, 300K RNA 2yo after 1F in 10.0; 1/2 multiple SP Elusive Schemes (160K, 0-4 at 2, 3-14 sprint) by 12% 2yo FTS sire; 2yo G3 SP dam (132K, won debut, 1-6 sprint) has 2 winners from 6 runners (0-4 with 2yos, 2-5 sprint); dam 3/4 G3 sprint SW Buffum (254K, 1-2 at 2, won debut, 2-3 sprint); barn 0-46 pst 5 years 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa
150K 2yo after 1F work 10.1; sire 97-721 (13%) 2yo; dam G2 SP sprint (111K, 1-1 at 2, 3-8 sprint) with 0 winners from 2 runners (0-2 with 2yos, 0-2 with sprinters); 2nd dam 2yo G3 SW Fancy Ribbons (242K, 2-5 at 2, 1-2 sprint); barn 1-6 (17%, $0.59 ROI) past 5 years 2nd-out 2yos adding Lasix MSW dirt sprint; ran very well vs. promising field; contender.
Sing the Dream
21K yrlng, 44K 2yo after 1F work 10.1; sire 15% 2yos; 1st starter from winning dam (45K, 1-7 at 2, 1-9 sprint); dam full SP sprinter General Tommy (238K, 10-34 sprint); dam 1/2 SP 2yo sprinter C. C. Dubai (34K, 1-2 at 2, won debut, 0-4 sprinting); barn 3-14 (21%, $1.01 ROI) past 5 years 2nd-out 2yos MSW dirt sprints; didn't face a strong field of NY-breds
Roll All Knight
9K wnlng, 52K yrlng, 37K 2yo after 1F work 10.2; sire 13% 2yo; dam 2yo SP sprinter (94K) with 3 winners from 4 runners (0-3 with 2yos, 3-4 sprint); dam 1/2 SP Cheyenne Spirit (185K, 1-15 sprint); dam full SP Friday Meeting (49K, 1-8 sprint); barn 1-6, $2.69 pst 5 yrs 2nd-out 2yos MSW dirt sprint Spa; chased solid field of maidens; not out of it.
40K yearling, 180K 2yo after 1F work 10.1; sire 1-24 (4%) 2yo FTS; dam won route (24K, 0-2 at 2, 0-1 sprint) with 3 winners from 4 runners (1-3 with 2yos, won debut, 3-4 with sprinters); dam full SW Lovewithoutend (59K, 0-1 at 2); barn 1-2 (50%, $10.90 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa; 8/25 work matches Endowment Manager (FTS R7)
100K yrlng, 190K 2yo after 1F work 10.2; 1/2 turf SP 2yo Lacy Sunday (Germany, 11K) by 8% 2yo FTS; unraced dam has 4 winners/7 runners (1-3 with 2yos, 2-4 sprint); dam 1/2 SW Nijinsky's Lover (179K, 1-2 at 2, 0-1 sprint), SW Dixie Fine (74K, 2-9 sprint); barn 7% pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa; 8/12 work match Sidearm (1st FTS SMSW 8/30)
Financial Mogul
185K wnlng, 170K RNA yrlng; 1/2 G1 SP sprint Bear in the Woods (210K), SP sprint Mr. Negotiator (79K, 1-6 at 2), SP Cane Garden Bay (89K, 1-3 at 2, 2-17 sprints) by 18% 2yo sire; dam 2yo G2 sprint SP (68K) with 6 wnnrs/8 rnnrs (4-6 with 2yos, 4-8 sprint); barn 1-3, $2.13 pst 5 yrs 2nd-out 2yos MSW dirt sprint Spa

Race 7

195K wnlng, 220K yrlng, 130K 2yo after 1F work 10.2; 1/2 SW sprint Double Down Vinman (540K, 2-4 at 2) by 15% 2yo sire; unplaced dam (0-1 at 2, 0-1 sprint) has 6 wnnrs/7 rnnrs (2-6 2yos, 4-6 sprint); dam 1/2 G1 route SW Christmas Kid (596K, 1-3 at 2), barn 1-1, $6.40 pst 5 yrs 2nd-out 2yo turf/dirt MSW sprint Spa; vet scratch 7/27; interesting.
Sire 9% 2yo FTS; unplaced dam (England, 0-1 at 1) has 2 winners from 4 runners (0-1 with 2yos, 1-4 sprint); dam 1/2 multiple G3 turf SW Equerry (3-3 at 2), SW Ecole D'Art (France); dam full 2yo G1 route SW Tempera (670K, 3-5 at 2, 2-4 sprint), SP Barbican (126K, 1-2 at 2, 1-5 sprint); barn 1-33 (3%, $1.33 ROI) pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa
24K RNA yearling, 42K RNA 2yo after 2F work 21.3; sire 4-29 (14%) 2yo FTS; winning dam (14K, 1-3 sprint) has 8 winners from 9 runners (0-3 with 2yos, 6-8 with sprinters); dam 1/2 G2 SP 2yo Royal Weekend (71K, 1-4 at 2, 0-4 sprint), 2yo sprint SP Skybox (23K, 1-6 at 2, 1-6 sprint); barn 1-9 (11%, $1.66 ROI) past 5 years 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint.
Salute the L T J G
Sire 15-133 (11%) 2yos; 1st starter from multiple SP dam (124K, 1-5 at 2, 3-18 sprint); 3rd dam 2yo SW sprinter Showtime Lady (173K, 2-5 at 2, won debut, 9-49 sprint); barn 3-13 (23%, $2.44 ROI) past 5 years 2yos synthetic/dirt sprint off 31-60 day layoff; winner of 7/13 heat returned to run 2nd (70 Beyer) in 150K Vandal Stakes at WO; consider.
Justin Nguyen
65K yearling by 143-842 (17%) 2yo sire; dam multiple SW sprinter (474K, 1-4 at 2, 12-33 sprint) with 0 winners from 2 runners (0-2 with 2yos, 0-2 with sprinters); female family SP sprinter She's the Mint (46K, 2-12 at 2, 2-15 sprint); barn 6-52 (12%, $1.83 ROI) past 5 years 2yos dirt; gave solid effort debut; factor;
Endowment Manager
150K 2yo after 2F work 21.1; 1/2 G1 SP 2yo sprint Valiant Passion (132K, won debut) by 13% 2yo FTS sire; dam placed sprint (12K, 0-1 at 2) with 2 winners/4 runners (1-3 with 2yos, won debut, 2-4 sprint); dam 1/2 turf SW Fifteen Love (503K, 2-4 at 2, 0-1 sprint); barn 1-2, $10.90 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa; solid pedigree.
Bird Now
1/2 G2 SP sprinter Pow Wow Wow (88K, 1-3 at 2, 0-7 sprint) by 97-721 (13%) 2yo sire; unraced dam has 1 winner from 2 runners (1-2 with 2yos, 0-2 sprinters); 2nd dam multiple G1 route SW Bird Town (871K, 1-4 at 2, 1-4 sprint); barn 1-10 (10%, $0.48 ROI) past 5 years 2nd-out 2yos MSW dirt sprint Spa; can improve with good speed.
Malibu Angel
Sire 194-1036 (19%) 2yo; SP dam (89K, 0-4 at 2, 0-1 sprint) has 0 winners from 2 runners (0-2 with 2yos, 0-2 with sprinters); 2nd dam multiple G1 turf SW Donna Viola (996K, 2-7 at 2); barn 1-1 (100%, $37.40 ROI) past 5 years 2nd-out 2yos dirt sprint; showed some speed before fading.
Hail to the Nile
1/2 G3 route SW No Giveaway (218K, 5-9 sprint), multiple G2 SP Melissa Jo (101K, 1-3 at 2, 1-5 sprint) by multiple G1 route SW (1.6M, 2-5 at 2, 4-22 with 2yos); unraced dam has 6 winners from 7 runners (3-4 with 2yos, 6-7 sprint); dam 1/2 G2 SW Supercilious (843K, 1-6 at 2, 6-15 sprint), barn 1-6, $2.69 pst 5 yrs 2yo FTS MSW dirt sprint Spa
Sound of Freedom
120K RNA weanling, 300K yearling, 365K 2yo after 1F work 10.2; sire 35-232 (15%) 2yo; 1st starter from placed dam (19K, 0-1 sprint); 2nd dam 2yo G3 turf SW Sky Alliance (325K, 2-5 at 2, 0-1 sprint); barn 6-32 (19%, $0.69 ROI) past 5 years 2nd-out 2yos MSW dirt sprints Spa; logical off sharp debut.

Race 8

Mystical Star
Like the idea of this G2 winning mare getting herself forwardly placed in a potentially paceless race and saving every inch of ground after breaking out of post one, but it is tough to give her the nod over Anjaz after watching the Waya here on August 5.
Nicely bred filly was a bit unlucky in the Waya in her latest start when getting trapped in traffic through the stretch, and she finished well and gallopped out past the winner once she did get a clear path; not going to be at all surprised if she proves to be the one in this spot.
Layali Dubai
This looks like a tough spot for her to make her first start over turf since arriving in America, and from three turf starts racing overseas, her best finish is a seventh; late running type doesn't figure to get a favorable early pace scenario to close into, and she's coupled in the wagering with Anjaz, so the price won't be there.
Angel Terrace
She has a G3 win to her credit, and she appreciated getting back over turf in her latest outing after staying in a couple of off-the-turf events at Delaware Park; she had a little bit of an excuse encountering some traffic in the Waya, but still feel that Anjaz is the one to focus on coming out of that race.
Strathnaver (GB)
If she can remember what led to her strong performance in the Bewitch while making her second start in America she can make some noise in here, but she's had little to offer in two starts since then, and she was beaten by a few of today's rivals just two starts ago.
Cash for Clunkers
Sire wins with approximately 11% of his turf starters and dam won 2 of 11 starts for 45k, including 0-for-1 over turf; looking at this as a tough spot for her first turf start, and she was entered in a 100k stakes over turf here on Sunday, but this stakes winning miss will likely grab the early lead and take them as far as she can if she lands in this spot.
White Rose
Respect the fact that Mott sees fit to sign her up for this, and she gives the impression that she's going to be the type that will appreciate marathon distances over turf, but still looking at this as being a tough assignment for her; Velazquez has won with 13 of 37 (35%) mounts for this barn in 2013.
Tannery (IRE)
Multiple graded stakes winner is very capable of showing up with an effort that is strong enough to get the job done and she gave a very nice account of herself while meeting up with boys in the G1 Sword Dancer in her latest start; going to look for her to be tough to deal with while making her second start back form a layoff with Castellano aboard.
Minakshi (FR)
Although she hasn't recorded a win in her first four starts in America, she's looked very good while earning multiple graded stakes placings, and she's handy enough to get herself situated close up early on if the pace is slow to develop; feel that she merits her share of respect in this spot.
Lady Cohiba
Of the horses in the main body of this race, Cash for Clunkers is clearly the one to focus on with regard to this race being taken off the turf, but this stakes winning miss will have to be regarded as a top contender if she gets to go in this spot; she earned a career best Beyer Speed Figure over a sloppy main track here in her latest outing while making her first start after a layoff.
Greed and Fear
She put together a nice effort to record a stakes win last November at Laurel, but that's the only time she's ever stepped up with that level of performance, and she going to need to somethiong like that to get herself into the mix against these.
Her two best Beyer Speed Figures have been run over turf and her dirt form hasn't been quite strong enough to suggest that she can get the better of the top contenders in here; not counting her out of a spot underneath in the exotics, but looking in another direction for the top spot.
Geisha Gal
She hinted at the possibility of being a nice turf horse early on in her career, but her form never really improved all that much, and she is going to need to show more than she has in her two dirt starts to get the better of these.
Malibu Holiday
She's another entered Main Track Only in here who has earned her best Beyer Speed Figures racing over turf, and although her dirt form hasn't been bad, it looks like this will be a tough test for her if this race gets taken off the turf.
Swift Taylor
She's yet to run a race that is fast enough to help give her the look of a contender against these and her best Beyer Speed Figure is 20 points or more below what the winner in here might earn; winner from latest won next out at Bel on 7/11 going 1m vs. 35k OPC's with an 85 Beyer.

Race 9

Southern Blessing
Although he cost himself early position by breaking inward, things worked out quite nicely as he sat by himself behind an early pace skirmish, saved as much ground as possible and rallied inside for second while no match for Wired Bryan; may be tighter for this, but draws the rail and faces a tough group; prefer others.
Long On Value
Undefeated colt was purchased privately following his gate-to-wire jaunt at Delaware; simply too fast out of the gate for his overmatched rivals and that race was over a second faster than the second division of the stake; hard to knock him as he's looked very professional; may offer value as he tries his toughest test to date.
Came with a solid late run vs. some good 2yos in his debut at Calder and then showed another dimension by going to the front in powerful maiden win; looked good striding out in the lane, but handled a pretty weak group and will likely face a much-faster pace scenario here; difficult spot.
He is wickedly fast and has yet to be headed; took pressure from Wired Bryan in the Saratoga Special and dug in grimly to prevail despite getting very leg-weary in the final sixteenth; could very well be the one to catch once again, but additional distance could prove troublesome; speedy, talented and in the right hands; don't ignore.
All in Blue
May want to give him a mulligan for the Sanford as he bobbled leaving the gate and then was pushed inward by Southern Blessing; rushed up into a tight spot in between horses on the backstretch and tried his best until tiring in the final eighth; can be more forwardly-placed with an alert break; may be best played on bottom of exotics.
Big Sugar Soda
Broke sweetly in his local debut and set a solid pace along the inside; for a brief moment it looked as if he was going to be swarmed by challengers, but he kicked away impressively in midstretch; earned a very fast number and draws sweetly outside of the speedy Corvu; dangerous.
Took a bump after breaking from the tough inside post in the Saratoga Special, but Leyva worked out a nice rail-skimming trip until angling out in upper stretch; it took him until the 1/8th pole before he switched leads and his rally could be a mirage as the pacesetters were getting very tired; proved he belongs, but a minor award may be his ceiling.
Wired Bryan
Although he didn't get the money in the Saratoga Special, he took a big step forward; in the Sanford, he flagged his tail in the stretch and hopped back onto his left lead late; last time, he stayed right with the Corfu through quick splits and battled hard while much more professional; he may get this distance better than Corfu and drew a nice post; contender.
Strong Mandate
No match for Big Sugar Soda in the debut, but that experience coupled with blinkers inspired immense improvement; went right to the front and drew off late despite switching leads several times; the race was fast, but the competition was suspect and nobody was rallying late; has natural ability and strong pedigree; interesting at price.
King Cyrus
Won from Saratoga to Schenectady and did it professionally at this demanding distance after prompting the pace from the 3 path; that final time came back really slow, however, and he'll have to step his game up in a major way in order to compete with some of his more accomplished rivals.

Race 10

Debuting at 5, that's probably not the best of signs; Pollard's Vision about 9% with firsters in a 152-runner sample, 6 for 59 with first-time turfers; sire won at 2, took a number of Graded stakes, never turfed; stakes winning 4 for 25 dam earned over $100K, never turfed; one sibling won 4 times in the minor leagues but never turfed; could need experience.
Bear Slayer
Two Punch about 4% with first-time turfers in a 424-runner study; sire won debut at the Big A, never turfed; SP 4 for 19 dam earned over $100K, was turf only; lone half sis was 2nd in best result; respect 30% barn.
Locks of Gold
Blinks re-added last time to no avail; 2 siblings tried grass to no avail; 4th new pilot takes the reins; hard to adore today.
Hidden Music
Belmont final 2 races raise up the red flag; the best thing she has going for her is her natural speed; in the races she has finished though, she has lost ground in the drive every single time.
Orientate about 10% with first-time turfers in a 259-runner study; sire went on to earn over $1.7 million, was one for 3 on grass, that in his turf bow in a $77K SA stakes; dam out of the money twice; this is her first to race; can't fault those that are a bit gun shy after the chalk flop.
She seems to have found her level; backers can point to the fact that the sibling to win, Ornellia, won twice on grass, earned nearly $130K; should give a very good account of herself.
Once they start piling up 10 of 15 defeats, it's hard to find the upside; very clever barn due to get rolling but this gal seems to be stuck in the 50 plus Beyer Twilight Zone; must hurry.
Princess Adelyn
Tale of the Cat about 17% with debuters in a 909-horse grid, about 10% of his first time turf runners in a 544-horse study; sire didn't race at 2, took debut at 3 in a shore route by over 11 with a 95 Beyer, won only grass start, banked over $350K; dam took one dirt route, lost only turf out; several winners in the family but the one that tried grass was out of the money in lone turf out; in for half of her purchase price but she looks fit enough.
Blue Ballerina
She has been around the wire a number of times; first-time blinks has been a good ploy for Gullo and there seems to be enough speed here to help the cause; don't discount.
Absolute Paradise
Miss lost ground late in her best race when third; soph beat 4 to the wire the day she did run in the money and that was late last year; not sold on chances.
Bileaps and Bounds
Some semblance of lick, very little stick so far; connections would love to see her start acting like top kin Bounding Bi, who won thrice on grass and banked over $330K; must be given a glance on the drop alone.
My Cousin Zinny
New barn added wraps, runner gave up the ghost before the real racing began; at least there are a couple of turf winners in the tree and one banked nearly $200K; needs a rebound run but does have the 3 races to draw from now.
Freshened and note she was beaten a nostril in the last comeback effort; so far she is nothing like full kin Western Deed, a near $200K player; look for rider to send if runner gets a chance to suit up.
Tracy's Belle
Never raised a gallop when an ice cube on the tote; 2 for 13 dam banked nearly $100K; only 2 of 5 siblings won; and neither was special; tough to pull the trigger off the dull opener.
Light Weight
She as close at the top of the lane, but then she came back to earth in a thud; dam 0 for 8; this is her first to race; could see her forcing the issue but you get the feeling if she is looked in the eye, she'll blink.
High Inflation
Could see her pushing the splits but there are others with designs on the top; could easily be enticed into using her in the gimmicks if the race comes off the grass.