05/30/2012 1:05PM

Penn National: Pollard's Boy primed for return in Danzig Stakes

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Pollard’s Boy will make his 3-year-old debut in Friday's $75,000 Danzig Stakes at Penn National.

Pollard’s Boy and Love Those Boots, both idle since producing career-best Beyer Speed Figures last fall, will try to pick up where they left off when they return in the Danzig, the first of two $75,000 stakes for Pennsylvania-breds sprinting six furlongs on Friday night’s card at Penn National.

Locally based with trainer Bernard Houghton, Pollard’s Boy ended his 3-for-6 campaign as a 2-year-old by winning the seven-furlong Pennsylvania Nursery at Parx Racing with an 83 Beyer on Dec. 10. He has prepped for his 3-year-old debut with a string of fast workouts, including three consecutive five-furlong bullet moves between May 5 and May 19.

Love Those Boots, based at Laurel Park with trainer Rob Bailes, has been off since finishing a troubled second in an overnight stakes at Aqueduct in early November. Racing on Lasix for the first time that day, Love Those Boots recorded an 84 Beyer. Like Pollard’s Boy, Love Those Boots has been working well for his comeback, including a half-mile breeze from the gate in 48 seconds Monday.

The most intriguing among the other six 3-year-olds in the field may be Relay Bill, who cruised to a 4 1/2-length victory in his career debut May 3. The two horses who finished directly behind him, Arturius and Quite a Legacy, both returned to win next time out.

In the co-featured Wonders Delight for 3-year-old statebred fillies, Miss d’Oro figures to be favored on the basis of her dominant debut victory in what turned out to be an extremely strong groups of maidens March 31. The second- through fifth-place finishers in that six-furlong heat all came back to win their next starts.

In addition, Miss d’Oro cuts back from a one-turn mile at Belmont Park to six furlongs. Her trainer, Jason Servis, is 9 for his last 24 (38 percent) with horses going from a route to a sprint following a break of 31 to 60 days.

Among the other 10 fillies in the field, Scarlet O’Cashy looks dangerous if she can repeat the form that carried her to a nearly 14-length score in her career debut in mid-March. She flashed high speed and faded in her first try against winners May 10.

Dorothy’s Aurora, who spent the first 10 races of her career racing for trainer Helen Pitts at such major venues as Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds, won her local debut when dropped in against Pennsylvania-breds for new trainer Tim Kreiser on May 10.

Successful Prenup faces statebreds for the first time after winning back-to-back starts off a $16,000 claim by trainer Lupe Preciado at Parx by a combined margin of 10 lengths.