01/22/2011 2:02PM

Tup Take' Please holds distinct advantage over his allowance rivals at Charles Town


With four wins to his credit since he belatedly began his racing career last July, the 5-year-old Tup Take’ Please holds a distinct advantage over his seven rivals in Tuesday night’s featured eighth race at Charles Town.

Although the conditions state the 6 1/2-furlong allowance is for nonwinners of two races lifetime, the three wins the West Virginia-bred Tup Take’ Please earned against statebreds don’t count against his eligibility in open company. As if that weren’t enough of an edge, last time out Tup Take’ Please added Lasix and won by 2 1/2 lengths as the 1-2 favorite racing in the same condition and at the same distance as Tuesday night’s feature. He has recorded Beyer Speed Figures in the narrow range between 76 and 80 in three of his last four starts.

The lone negative is the 3-for-40 record that trainer Carlos McDaniel has registered with sprinters returning from a break of 31 to 60 days. The last time Tup Take’ Please returned from such a break, he finished eighth.

If anyone can upset Tup Take’ Please, it most likely will be either the stakes-placed multiple winner Green Spring Boy or recent maiden winner Grande Gayego, a Maryland-based shipper.

Green Spring Boy, a three-time winner, was good enough to finish second in the $67,000 West Virginia Lottery in October with a career-best 85 Beyer. He rallied late to get third as the 6-5 favorite in a seven-furlong race at this level last time out.

In his favor, Green Spring Boy has the hot connections of trainer Ollie Figgins and jockey Gerald Almodovar. Figgins is off to a 6-for-17 start in 2011. Almodovar is the track’s leading rider in the first three weeks of 2011 with 11 wins in 49 starts.

Grande Gayego will be racing at his fourth different track in as many starts since he began his career last June. He will be coming back 15 days after defeating maiden special weight company, earning a 71 Beyer, in a seven-furlong race at Parx Racing. His trainer, Alejandro Maymo, is 0 for his last 9 with last-out maiden winners.

Longshot players might want to look at the 6-year-old Lively Reparations. Although he is just 2 for 41 lifetime, two starts ago Lively Reparations scored by 4 3/4 lengths in a conditioned allowance for statebreds, earning a career-best 77 Beyer that compares favorably to the best numbers registered by Tup Take’ Please.