11/28/2009 12:00AM

East Breaks looks ready to move on


The past couple of months haven't been particularly productive for trainer Mark Shuman's stable. Since Oct. 1, Shuman has gone 0 for 15 at Laurel Park and 2 for 19 at the Meadowlands.

Shuman's statistics, however, are much brighter when he ships into Penn National. Over the same time span where he has been ice-cold in Maryland and New Jersey, Shuman shows a 4-for-8 record and a profitable $2.60 return on investment at the central Pennsylvania oval.

Shuman has a good shot to improve upon those already impressive statistics when he sends out the 3-year-old filly East Breaks in Tuesday night's fourth race, a second-level optional $14,000 claimer for fillies and mares going six furlongs.

Since clearing her first allowance condition in late September at Delaware Park, East Breaks has made two starts. She beat only one horse stretching out to 1 1/16 miles for an overnight stakes at Belmont Park, then finished third, beaten just two lengths, when she shortened up to six furlongs for a second-level allowance at Philadelphia Park.

Justin Shepherd retains the mount on East Breaks, who is 4 for 14 lifetime. Shepherd, fifth in the rider standings at Delaware Park, has done well at Philadelphia Park since Delaware closed in late October, winning at a 19 percent clip (22 for 116), but has struggled when he has taken a nighttime call at Penn National, where he is just 1 for 26.

The fastest last-race Beyer Speed Figure in the full field of 12 belongs to the former Northern California-based 4-year-old filly Northern Station. After racing mostly for claiming tags at Golden Gate Fields and the Northern California fairs, Northern Station shipped to Penn National, where she made up six lengths in the last quarter-mile to win a first-level allowance by a nose on Nov. 12, earning a career-best 91 Beyer.

Haley's Lolipop merits respect shipping in for trainer Steve Klesaris, who is winning at a 30 percent rate this season at Penn National. Haley's Lolipop makes the second start of her current form cycle after missing by a neck in a second-level allowance at Philly Park not quite a month ago.

Maryland shipper Seminole Lass had lost eight straight races on the grass, but responded to a surface switch by drawing off by 6 1/4 lengths in a first-level allowance sprint at Laurel almost seven weeks ago.