12/04/2008 12:00AM

Officer Ipod could be vulnerable at Philly


The graded-stakes-placed colt Officer Ipod and the filly Glorious Smile, both coming off stakes victories at Penn National, should be short-priced favorites facing fields made up mostly of maidens in a pair of $75,000 stakes restricted to Pennsylvania-breds on Saturday at Philadelphia Park.

Officer Ipod, runner-up in the Grade 2 Sanford at Saratoga and the Grade 3 Sapling at Monmouth Park, meets five other 2-year-old colts and geldings - all but one of them still a maiden - in the seven-furlong Pennsylvania Nursery (race 7).

One race later, Glorious Smile, who improved her Beyer Speed Figure by 19 points winning her maiden in the Nov. 6 Blue Mountain Juvenile, appears to tower over six foes, including four maidens, in the seven-furlong Eavesdrop.

Although Officer Ipod is coming off a wire-to-wire score in last month's Hi Yield, there are reasons to believe he may be vulnerable.

He ran two full seconds slower than Glorious Smile did facing fillies. The one horse to come out of Officer Ipod's race and win, Fast Eddie, got a mediocre 41 Beyer for beating conditioned $10,000 claimers.

The 57 Beyer that Officer Ipod earned last time out is actually a far weaker figure than the 70 that Baystormrising was awarded for his maiden win locally two starts ago and the best last-race Beyer of 68 that the maiden How Far Heaven got in his first start for trainer Scott Lake.

Baystormrising lost all chance when he faced Officer Ipod in the Hi Yield after breaking slowly from the gate. His previous race produced three next-out winners, and he comes from the high-percentage barn of Bob Seeger.

How Far Heaven, claimed for $40,000 in October, improved 23 points on the Beyer scale after arriving in Lake's barn. Lake is 3 for 7 second time off the claim with 2-year-old sprinters, according to DRF's Formulator.

In the Eavesdrop, Glorious Smile should romp, even if she bounces off her career-best figure.

The main threat looks like Blank Inivition, who opened up a three-length lead in her career debut at 19-1, but barely lasted to prevail by a neck. The filly she defeated, Ocarson, returned to win last Sunday, earning a 70 Beyer.

In addition, trainer Dan Lopez has added Lasix for Blank Inivition's second start. The medication, plus expected improvement with one race under her belt, could be sufficient for Black Inivition to challenge Glorious Smile.