08/17/2013 12:32PM

Indiana Downs: Easy Crossing, Anyriderill Do drop from stakes for Tuesday feature

Tom Keyser
Easy Crossing ran perhaps his best race at the one-mile distance of Tuesday's Indiana Downs feature.

Easy Crossing and Anyriderill Do, both of whom have picked up small pieces of stakes purses at least twice in their careers, will look to regain some confidence by dropping in class for Tuesday night’s $41,000 turf feature at Indiana Downs. They top a 12-horse field in the fifth race, a one-mile grass race open to second-level allowance runners and $40,000 claimers.

The 4-year-old Easy Crossing was second in a pair of stakes last season and most recently fourth in the $100,000 West Virginia Speaker’s Cup at Mountaineer. The 3-year-old Anyriderill Do is facing older horses for the first time following a pair of fifth-place finishes in stakes.

One mile appears to be an ideal distance for both Easy Crossing and Anyriderill Do. Easy Crossing missed by a neck going a mile in the $100,000 James Murphy at Pimlico in May 2012. Anyriderill Do cruised by 3 1/4 lengths going a mile to clear his first allowance condition in March at Fair Grounds.

Anyriderill Do led until deep stretch of the Grade 2 American Turf at Churchill Downs in early May, and although he finished fifth, he was beaten only 2 1/4 lengths. He made his first appearance at Indiana Downs six weeks later and was fifth of seven in the $207,000 Centaur on June 15 in his last start.

Anyriderill Do’s trainer, Ronny Werner, shows a 5-for-31 record (16 percent) and a $2.53 return on investment with turf route runners returning after a break of 61 to 180 days.

In contrast, Tim Schuh, who took over the training of Easy Crossing from Christophe Clement this season, does many things well, but winning grass races isn’t one of them. Schuh, 3 for 5 shipping into Indiana Downs this summer and winning at 21 percent overall in 2013, is 0 for 23 with his turf horses the past five years.

Several others in the field look capable of winning. The 5-year-old Stormy Going just missed by a neck at this same level on July 30.

The 3-year-old Twin Engine moves up one level after winning his turf debut at 8-1 while facing his elders for the first time on July 9. Flattermejim, Burning Bush, and Apricey Gun also won last time out on turf. Burning Bush, in fact, is a head shy of owning a three-race winning streak and will be making his first start off a $25,000 claim by Lon Wiggins.