08/30/2014 11:58AM

Hammersly preview: Pace the key in Torrey Pines


There doesn’t seem a way around it. The Grade 3 Torrey Pines, at a mile on the main track, has at least three speed types who don’t figure to jump suddenly and change their style. Delta Flower, on the rail, is a three-time sprint winner. When she stretched out June 21 for the Grade 2 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita , they did try to rate her. The result? She chased Jojo Warrior and gave way in the lane. She’s best if allowed to run free. Fashion Plate isn’t just speed. She’s classy speed. She led all the way to win the Grade 1 Las Virgenes and Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks. She blew the start in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks but chased a hot pace June 7 in the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont before fading to ninth. She’s been freshened, drops, and has worked well, and since all three career wins came wire to wire, there’s no reason to believe they’re suddenly going to change tactics with her.