09/03/2007 11:00PM

El Bank Robber looks to run off with money


Duly armed with the inside post and a recent sprint tightener, El Bank Robber drops substantially in class and is likely to take plenty of wagering action in the richest of three allowance races on the Thursday program at Calder Race Course in Miami. El Bank Robber faces seven other fillies and mares in the fourth of nine races, a $28,000 allowance at 1 1/16 miles on the Calder turf.

Trained by Marty Wolfson, whose runners have been winning at better than a 30-percent clip at Calder, El Bank Robber was no factor in her last race - but that was for a $250,000 purse in the Aug. 11 Distaff Turf Sprint Championship. By reverting to a second-level allowance condition while stretching back out to a more comfortable distance, the 4-year-old Eltish filly should find herself in a far better spot.

Roimes Chirinos has the mount on El Bank Robber, a Florida-bred whose nine starts have included six tries in stakes company. In the recent Distaff Turf Sprint, she finished eighth at 24-1, but horseplayers surely will recognize that she is in a different ballgame Thursday. Off the sprint, she figures prominent from the start, and her class ultimately could help pad the statistics for her high-percentage stable.

If El Bank Robber is to be beaten, the most likely candidates include Talented Princess, who comes off a sharp grass victory over conditioned claimers, and Private Betty, a consistent sort with 10 in-the-money finishes from 18 starts. If the race is rained off the turf, then Lady Tropicana, a winner of two straight main-track races, would deserve far more attention than if it stays on grass.

Two other allowance races, both worth $26,000, also are carded Thursday.

In the second race, a turf route for entry-level 3-year-old fillies, Clever Dame should take plenty of catching for jockey David Cardoso and trainer Doug Potter. Clever Dame, a New York-bred by Prime Timber, has finished first or second in each of her eight starts, all of them while flashing big speed. Fiestive Event, most recently a beaten favorite at a similar allowance condition, looks like her chief opposition.

In the eight race, an entry-level dirt route that carries a $16,000 claiming option, a field of seven fillies and mares figures to have Alarming Anytime as the favorite for jockey Julio Garcia and trainer Audrey Maragh.

First post Thursday is 12:50 p.m.