04/21/2011 1:55PM

Tampa Bay Downs: Overnight handicap lures Dynaslew


OLDSMAR, Fla. – Saturday’s $30,000 feature is an overnight handicap for fillies and mares, but the quality of the mile turf race is high enough that it would be a stakes at most tracks this time of year.

Dynaslew scored one of her three 2010 victories in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa Handicap at Saratoga. In her lone outing this season she was a forward factor to the stretch as the favorite in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf at Gulfstream Park before tiring to finish last in the 13-horse field. She was fractious in the gate before the start of that race.

Trained by Seth Benzel, Dynaslew made only six starts last season but earned $272,000. In addition to the Ballston Spa, she captured the Grade 3 Beaugay at Belmont in May and an optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park in April. She also finished fourth, beaten a neck, in the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga and was third, beaten a length, in the Grade 3 All Along at Colonial.

Dynaslew will be the 122-pound high weight Saturday.

While Dynaslew is the horse to beat, the turf training specialists Leigh and Arnaud Delacour send out a top contender in Joharmy, who will be making her 4-year-old debut. Joharmy has won four of six liftetime starts and comes into this season a more mature and stronger runner, according to Armaud Delacour.

In her final start of 2010 she finished ninth in the Grade 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs last June.

“The footing was soft and she came out of the race body sore and a bit the worse for wear,” Arnaud Delacour said. “She had a busy schedule prior to that race and we felt her best days were still ahead of her so we gave her extra time off to freshen up and fill out a bit. We think she’s got a bright future.”

Joharmony strung together four straight wins last winter and spring including, three in a row on the turf. She won a pair at Tampa, captured an allowance at Keeneland, and then rallied from just off the pace to take the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico.

Ruling Class, who led into the final furlong of the Turf Distaff on Florida Cup Day before weakening to finish third to Trip for A. J., also deserves a long look. She is trained by Kathleen O’Connell, as is Silver Prism.

Silver Prism won her first start since June over optional claiming company on the turf here in March. Last season Silver Prism took four of six starts. She is undefeated in four lifetime starts on the grass.

The dark horse of the field could be Promised Mandate, a winner of her last start sprinting on the main track. She was a winner on the turf earlier this meeting.

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