07/23/2008 11:00PM

Two stakes hard to figure


Turf form is a scarce commodity in the $60,000 co-features for 2-year-olds at Colonial Downs.

No one has won anything more than a maiden race in either the Chenery or the Tippett for fillies. Both stakes will be contested at 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass.

In the Chenery (race 7), Captain Bry has run well locally in two starts, drawing off to defeat maiden special weight company by nearly six lengths.

Sabino will be making his first start since coming to Todd Pletcher’s barn following an easy win over maiden claimers on dirt at Churchill Downs two months ago. He is a half-brother to Golden Furiously, a Group 2-placed runner in Europe.

The Tippett (race 8) offers few clues to bettors. The two highest Beyer Speed Figures on turf belong to Glamorous Gal, who got up by a head against maiden special weight company on July 4, and Romin Robin, a wire-to-wire winner at 22-1 against $20,000 maiden claimers.

Glamorous Gal’s trainer, Simon Hobson, is 2 for 76 the last five years with turf runners. George Parrish, who trains Romin Robin, is 0 for 8 with turf horses who won their last start.

Yo Eleven and first-time starter Samantha’s Strike are among the top choices on the track’s morning line, but the statistics aren’t encouraging for either one.

Yo Eleven easily won in the slop at Churchill Downs, but she and the six fillies she beat all failed to win next time out.

Steve Klesaris, trainer of Samantha’s Strike, is winning at a 24 percent clip overall in 2008 but is 1 for his last 12 with first-time starters on turf.