11/03/2012 11:39AM

Finger Lakes: Great Pass the one to catch in Tuesday allowance


Great Pass, a 4-year-old filly who began her 2012 campaign badly beaten while running for a $4,500 claiming tag, will seek to continue her climb up the class ladder when she goes for her sixth victory of the season in Tuesday’s $21,200 allowance feature at Finger Lakes.

The 1 1/16-mile race is restricted to New York-bred fillies and mares who have not won three statebred events other than maiden, claiming, or starter.

Idle from last December until mid-June, Great Pass began her season by finishing sixth, with a lowly Beyer Speed Figure of 16, in a nonwinners-of-three lifetime claiming sprint. Eight days later, she dramatically improved when trainer Michael Ferraro stretched her out to a mile and 40 yards and she romped by 19 lengths, earning a 64 Beyer.

Since July 27, Great Pass has won 4 of 5 starts, including a front-running 3 1/2-length victory over a sloppy track Oct. 6. Her lone defeat during that stretch came two starts ago when she failed to get her customary lead and faded to last, beaten nearly 37 lengths, in a $4,500 starter allowance.

David Lopez, who has been winning at a 31 percent clip with Ferraro this season, retains the mount on Great Pass, who projects to be the controlling speed in Tuesday’s field of six.

Lopez also is named on a second Ferraro entrant, Senora Dubai, who will race uncoupled from her stablemate. Senora Dubai has put together a three-race winning streak, which began in a $7,500 nonwinners-of-three lifetime claiming route over the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs. Lopez has been aboard for all three of the 4-year-old Senora Dubai’s recent victories. She would be coming back 15 days after scoring by two lengths going a mile.

Beyond Ferraro’s strong pair, the biggest threat appears to be the 4-year-old Floating Alone, who has been freshened since finishing second in the Jack Betta Be Rite Handicap on Sept. 15. The last time Floating Alone faced New York-breds in an allowance, she scored by 3 1/2 lengths while earning a career-best 78 Beyer.

The 3-year-old Mo’s Mishap skips a condition to run in this spot following a 2 1/4-length victory in a first-level allowance for statebreds. Her improvement last time out came in her second start since trainer Debra Breed added Lasix.