04/11/2013 2:47PM

Parx Racing: Trainer Lehman has strong hand for Saturday's two stakes for Pennsylvania-breds

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Great Lookinblonde will be racing for the first time since winning the Power By Far Stakes last July when she runs in Saturday's Foxy J.G. Stakes.

Trainer Ed Lehman has a good shot of sweeping both $75,000 stakes for Pennsylvania-breds on Saturday’s card at Parx Racing.

Lehman has the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Lyman Handicap in Rod’s Five Star and the track linemaker’s 5-2 choice in the Foxy J.G. Stakes for fillies and mares in Great Lookinblonde. Both stakes will be contested at seven furlongs on the main track.

The 5-year-old Rod’s Five Star is among 12 older horses in the Lyman (race 8). He will be making his second start of 2013 after opening his campaign with a rallying second going 6 1/2 furlongs against open company in the Bensalem a month ago. As a 3-year-old in 2011, Rod’s Five Star was 2 for 2 in stakes restricted to Pennsylvania-breds. He was a close fourth as the 8-5 second choice in last year’s Lyman.

Harbor Kid and Lucky Lewis, both trained by Scott Lake, are cross-entered in a six-furlong allowance with a $55,000 purse Sunday.

Lucky Lewis finished first in the 2012 Lyman but was disqualified and placed sixth for impeding runner-up Golddigger’s Boy in the stretch. The 5-year-old Lucky Lewis has been claimed in two of his last three starts. He was taken for $25,000 by Lake out of a dull effort going a mile March 23. Lake’s record switching recently claimed horses from routes to sprints is 4 for 20 (20 percent), with an impressive $3.26 return on investment.

Sloane Ranger, who beat Rod’s Five Star twice in stakes last season, will be making his first start since November.

As a 6-year-old last season, Sloane Ranger finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Rod’s Five Star while winning the $150,000 Donald LeVine at Parx, and prevailed by a head when they met again in the six-furlong Banjo Picker there.

Coming off a similar layoff in 2012, Sloane Ranger finished third in the Lyman. His trainer, Martin Ciresa, is winless in his last 10 races with sprinters returning following a break of 61 to 180 days.

The 6-year-old Tujoes may be ready to fire fresh for trainer Steve Klesaris, whose record in 6 1/2- and seven-furlong races with horses back from an absence of 61 to 180 days is 10 for 36 (28 percent). The last two times Tujoes raced following a break he was easily best in the 1 1/16-mile Roanoke in September and dominated third-level optional $40,000 claimers going seven furlongs in January.

The Lehman-trained 5-year-old mare Great Lookinblonde will be racing for the first time since winning the six-furlong Power By Far last July when she faces seven other fillies and mares as the 124-pound co-highweight in the Foxy J.G. (race 7).

Lehman shows a good 4-for-12 record with dirt sprinters returning from a layoff of more than 180 days.

In contrast, trainer Lupe Preciado is 0 for 6 with similar long-layoff types in races contested at 6 1/2 or seven furlongs. That does not bode well for defending Foxy J.G. champion Darn That Raven, who has been off since finishing ninth in last summer’s Power By Far.

The field also includes Starship Girl, who brings a 4-for-6 record at Parx into her stakes debut; Lisa Stannard, who steps up sharply in class while seeking her third straight win; and Ann’s Smart Dancer, winless in 16 starts the past two seasons but a three-time stakes winner at Parx in 2011. Ann’s Smart Dancer’s first two starts since she was claimed for $20,000 in New York by trainer Bruce Levine produced Beyer Speed Figures of 83 and 80, which stamp her as a contender in this spot.

Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Good luck to Ann's Smart Dancer. Would love to see her regain her prior form. She's just a good story, even if she no longer races for her original owners.