07/25/2013 1:16PM

Parx Racing: Dynamic Strike to try turf in Crowd Pleaser Handicap

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Dynamic Strike, the winner of the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park in February, will try turf for the first time in Saturday's Crowd Pleaser Handicap.

On dirt, Dynamic Strike is a head shy of being a two-time stakes winner this season in Maryland. But he has never raced or worked out on turf, the surface that will be used for a pair of $75,000 stakes for Pennsylvania-breds on Saturday at Parx Racing.

Despite his unfamiliarity with grass, Dynamic Strike figures to be a strong contender when he faces statebreds for the first time in the Crowd Pleaser Handicap for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles.

Based at Laurel Park with trainer Richard Small, Dynamic Strike sports a pedigree that indicates he should adapt well to turf. He is a son of Smart Strike, the leading turf sire of 2011 and a half-brother to 1991 Canadian Horse of the Year Dance Smartly, whose stakes victories included the predecessor to the Woodbine Mile, the Molson Export Million at 1 1/8 miles on grass, and the Canadian Maturity at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

The Crowd Pleaser’s distance should be no problem for Dynamic Strike, who missed by a head two starts ago in the 1 1/8-mile Canonero II Stakes at Pimlico. He also won the Miracle Wood going a one-turn mile on Laurel’s main track in February.

Jump for Kitten, a son of Kitten’s Joy trained by Wesley Ward for high-profile owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, ships in from Kentucky while moving from open to restricted company for his first start since mid-May. His best race this season, a one-length defeat going 1 1/16 miles in a first-level optional $75,000 claimer at Gulfstream Park, would make Jump for Kitten dangerous in this spot.

Private Tutor, a narrow winner while sprinting five furlongs over yielding ground at Penn National last month, stretches out while making the third start of his form cycle. In his only previous race around two turns, Private Tutor missed by a nose in last summer’s 7 1/2-furlong Nick Shuk at Delaware Park.

Fessed Up looks to duplicate the performance he delivered while springing a 9-1 upset in a first-level allowance for statebreds June 17. That was his first start in two months, and he has been given five weeks to recover from his all-out effort to prevail by a neck.

In the co-featured Power by Far for fillies and mares going five furlongs on turf, the lightly raced 3-year-old Chulula seeks her third straight victory since beginning her career in May.

Based in Maryland with trainer Hamilton Smith, Chulula paired up 79 Beyer Speed Figures in winning a $25,000 maiden claimer and a first-level allowance at Pimlico. She scratched out of an optional $30,000 claimer with a $37,000 purse Thursday at Delaware Park in favor of this spot.

The 6-year-old Madrilena missed by a neck while making her first start in almost nine months June 29. The last time she faced statebreds, Madrilena was narrowly beaten as the 3-2 favorite in the five-furlong Russian Rhythm at Penn National last August.

Multiple stakes winner Ann’s Smart Dancer has raced just once on turf in her 27-race career, finishing fourth in a second-level allowance last July at Penn National. She has been third or better in five straight starts off a $20,000 claim by trainer Bruce Levine, who is winning at a 26 percent clip with the horses he has shipped in from New York to Parx.

Ruttzy Tuttzy is 0 for 4 on grass. The last time she sprinted against statebreds she lost by a neck in the Allison McClay at Penn National last September.

Great Lookinblonde won last year’s Power by Far when it was contested at six furlongs on the main track, where she has made all 15 of her starts.