10/16/2010 1:23PM

You Do can do off last Beyer


At first glance, it appears the 3-year-old gelding You Do ran a lot better when he won his career debut by 14 lengths against New York-bred maidens at Finger Lakes than he did finishing eighth, beaten 8 3/4 lengths, in a first-level allowance at Penn National. But according to the Beyer Speed Figures, You Do ran a tad quicker his second time out.

Back at his home track, You Do may be better than his last race indicates and a slight move forward in his third lifetime start may be sufficient when he races above his conditions in the first of two allowance races on Tuesday’s card at Finger Lakes.

Trained by Neil Kovar, You Do is entered in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint for horses who have never won three races. His romp as a first-time starter at 32-1 produced a 66 Beyer. Although well-beaten after flashing early speed at Penn National, You Do improved slightly on the Beyer scale, checking in with a 68 that is close to the par of 72 for Tuesday’s level at Finger Lakes.

Dixieland Star and Empty Wallet, two of the horses likely to attract a lot of betting action on the basis of fast races that show on their past performance lines, are both coming off long layoffs and may not be ready to fire first time off the bench.

Dixieland Star makes his first start for trainer Chris Progno after running a string of Beyers between 75 and 88 from July 2008 to last November, when he most recently raced. Although Dixieland Star shows two five-furlong bullet works for his comeback, Progno does not do well with runners returning from long breaks. He is just 3 for 34 with horses returning from a layoff of 180 days or longer the last five years, including 1 for 27 the past two seasons.

Empty Wallet romped by 11 lengths in his first local appearance in April and was claimed out of that race by trainer Tim Murphy for $12,500. He ran poorly three weeks later, however, and has been on sidelines ever since. Murphy’s record with horses returning after a break of 61 to 180 days is just 3 for 36 the last two years.

Three o’Clock Rock may be primed for a peak effort in the third start of his current form cycle. The last time he raced third time back from a break, Three o’Clock Rock won his maiden in late May.

◗ Buckridge Bailey, a six-length winner two weeks ago and a 12-time winner overall, heads a potent entry for trainer Joe Marino in race 8, a 5  1/2-furlong sprint open to New York-breds who have not won two statebred races and $$8,000 claimers.