10/30/2017 1:56PM

Noble Ready appears ready to fulfill potential

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Ronnie Betor
Noble Ready (left) finishes second in the 2016 P.G. Johnson Stakes.

Noble Ready appears to be sitting on a big race in her second start following a layoff. If she is, the stakes-placed 3-year-old filly has a good chance of winning a first-level allowance race for fillies and mares that will close out the eight-race card at Gulfstream Park West on Wednesday.

The one-mile race on grass has a $25,000 claiming option, and 12 horses could start if the race stays on the turf. Milbra is entered as main track only.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Noble Ready has the breeding to be a good horse. She is a half-sister to Western Aristocrat, who won the Grade 1 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park in 2011. Her full sister, Zindaya, earned most of her $567,240 lifetime earnings from six scores on turf, including a win in the Grade 2 Goldikova at Santa Anita last year.

Noble Ready showed a lot of potential as a 2-year-old, winning her debut in her second start at Delaware before being the runner-up in the $100,000 P G Johnson at Saratoga and finishing third in the $100,000 Chelsey Flower Stakes at Belmont Park.

She had a rough trip when she finished third in her latest start, her fourth this year, in a first-level allowance race at Delaware Park on Sept. 20. She lost a couple of lengths when she ducked out at the start, and when it appeared she was full of run going down the backstretch in the one-mile race on turf she was stuck behind horses.

She drew the rail, has shown decent speed in some of her races, and if she breaks alertly she should be in the mix early with Tyler Gaffalione riding.

Breaking from post 2 is Aquemini, who has compiled an excellent 3-4-2 record from nine starts for trainer Ralph Nicks. In her last start at Gulfstream Park on June 22, Gaffalione brought her from last to win a first-level allowance race for Florida-breds. The 7 1/2-furlong race on turf had a $16,000 claiming option.

Edgard Zayas picks up the mount.

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KEY CONTENDERS

Noble Ready, by More than Ready
Last 3 Beyers: 76-59-84

◗ With two sharp works at Belmont she appears primed for a big effort by Clement, who the past five years has a 19 percent strike rate with horses making their second start following a layoff.

Aquemini, by Wildcat Heir
Last 3 Beyers: 71-72-73

◗ She has yet to run a bad race, can fire fresh, and ran well in her only start over this course when she was the runner-up in a maiden special weight race last year.

Fashionably Wild, by Unbridled’s Song
Last 3 Beyers: 70-83-59

◗ Trained by Angel Penna Jr., she set an honest pace before finishing fourth going 1 1/16 miles at this level at Gulfstream Park West on Oct. 9. She could be dangerous if she can stalk like she did in her runner-up finish in her previous start at Gulfstream on Sept. 16.