07/30/2008 11:00PM

Hypocrite figures to improve on last


Hypocrite and Make Me Zach, both coming off career-best Beyer Speed Figures earned while chasing Golden Spikes, face slightly easier competition in the $55,000 Valid Video, one of three stakes on Saturday's 12-race card at Calder.

The 6 1/2-furlong Valid Video, which goes as race 11, drew a field of nine 3-year-olds, including multiple stakes winners Wise Answer and Go Go Shoot.

Of the two horses who come out of Golden Spikes's three-quarter-length win in the Grade 2 Carry Back three weeks ago, Hypocrite looks more dangerous. Although still eligible for his second-level allowance condition, Hyporcrite was within a half-length of the lead at the stretch call of the six-furlong Carry Back before weakening slightly to finish fourth, beaten just 2 1/2 lengths. The 96 Beyer he was awarded was 11 points higher than his previous best, and he may be ready to peak in the third start of his form cycle.

Make Me Zach was a non-threatening sixth in the Carry Back, finishing 1 1/4 lengths behind Hypocrite, while collecting a 93 Beyer that was 4 points higher than he got for winning a first-level allowance at Gulfstream Park in February.

Wise Answer, one of the best 2-year-olds on the grounds last fall when he won three consecutive stakes by a combined margin of more than 21 lengths, attempts to regroup after going 0 for 4 in 2008.

Go Go Shoot, now in the barn of Joe Catanese, won back-to-back six-furlong stakes over Aqueduct's inner track last winter and took the six-furlong Fran LaBelle Memorial on opening weekend at Delaware Park. He gets some class relief after flashing speed and fading in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore at Monmouth Park.

* Ten 2-year-old fillies, none of whom have raced on turf, will go five furlongs on grass in the $75,000 Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile Filly Turf Dash (race 4).

Trainer Wesley Ward, who won this race last year with Excessive Heat, has a prime contender in My Sweet Natalie, who won her career debut on Woodbine's Polytrack and displayed early speed in a $151,000 open-company stakes last time out.

* Joffe's Run, an 11-length winner in a similar one-mile overnight stakes July 5, looks like a standout against five other 3-year-old fillies in the $55,000 Regal Gal Stakes (race 7).