Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM
HORSES TO WATCH
BALLERINA BELLE - Trainer Linda Rice has held her own vs the best conditioners on the grounds when it comes to preparing turf sprinters and this 3-year old First defense filly is no exception. The MSW lass was making her first grass try and first in 6 months in 6 furlong test in most recent and won off in-hand by 4 lengths in rapid 1:07 3/5 (just 1 second off course record.) Bet her right back on grass vs winners
CAIRO PRINCE - Debut by the juvenile son of Grade I winner Pioneer Of The Nile was solid as the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee won with ease. He broke just off the pace-setter, took the lead when asked and gradually drew clear when asked at the top of the stretch. He got 6 furlongs in 1:10 2/5 and strode out like he’ll go longer and should be bet right back as he moves through conditions.
DANCE WITH GIO - The 4-year old claiming filly broke 3-4 wide towards the back of the pack in 7 furlong 20K test in last. She shifted inside early, moved back outside and rallied 6 wide to get up in the final stages, even with the rail set at 27 feet. The Paul Kopaj trained Monmouth shipper will likely stay here with that meet coming to an end and should be bet back in the mid-level claiming ranks.
DONE SMOKING - The 3-year old NYSB filly was pocketed and in traffic for just about all of her recent try in mile MSW test vs peers. The Christophe Clement trainee had shown good interest in closing for pieces in her first two career starts and in last was still in traffic at the 5/16ths pole and didn’t get out until she moved three paths at the sixteenth marker before securing the show spot. Decent post and clean trip gets her the maiden breaker next time.
HOOKED FOREVER - Switch to the turf has made all the difference for this 3-year old Hook And Ladder gelding. After 12 failed attempts to break his maiden vs restricted NYSB foes trainer Jim Ryerson moved to grass three back. The runner picked up ground late at Saratoga going 5 ½ panels, then rallied from far back to break maiden vs special weights at 6 furlongs and in last broke off the pace vs entry level allowance peers in 7 furlong test before missing by a neck. New horse on the surface. Gets first allowance win soon.
IDEAL PLACE - 3-year old NYSB filly tried restricted entry level allowance rivals first off the 20K claim by Linda Rice in prior. The turf sprinter got caught 6 wide going 7 furlongs two back and in most recent shortened to 6 panels and after bobbling at the break moved inside towards the read until the top of the lane and closed well to get the show while travelling wider and wider for position. Good effort indicates next win will be soon.
PASS THE TAP - The public fell asleep on this (paid $15.60) 3-year old son of Pleasant Tap as he got his first win vs 35K maiden claimers in most recent. The gelding had shown good tactical speed in three prior fast track efforts vs slightly better. He broke sharply and finished the job in the 7 furlongs test and now goes to the barn of sharp claiming conditioner David Jacobson, who didn’t miss the potential and haltered out of the race. Beats winners soon.
PHOTON - Trainer Chris Englehart has made it a habit of getting on hot streaks and staying there by placing his horses in good spots. Four back he claimed this son of Invasor for 20K and after an even try vs 50K allowance optional claimers gave the gelding a short break. He raced twice (2nd and 3rd - the last of those at Finger Lakes) in June vs lesser optional allowance claimers and in last returned off solid drills to run second vs straight 35K claimers at 7 panels. Stay with him sprinting vs the same.
STONELESS - 3-year old Bustin Stones gelding returned to the dirt after 5 straight turf sprints and set the pace to inside the sixteenth pole in the 6 furlong 15K claimer last time. The Bruce Levine trainee carried his speed much further with the removal of blinkers and finished well clear of the show horse. The level, surface and distance suit so should get his second career win soon under the same conditions.
TAPIT EXPRESS - The hard trying 4-year old turf gelding turned in his fifth straight solid effort (1-3-1) when he checked in third vs second level allowance rivals in most recent. The Jonathan Sheppard trainee was trapped on the rail for the first six furlongs of the mile and a sixteenth journey, remained on hold until mid-stretch, found room between rivals at the sixteenth pole and closed willingly. Eclipses the level soon.
ULTIMATE SHOPPER - Better late than never. The 3-year old Yes It’s True filly made her belated career debut and did so vs MSW rivals in most recent and was not a very well kept secret. The Eddie Kenneally trainee was sent off at 9-5 and never looked like a loser as she went right to the front and was kept to task as she opened up to a 12 ½ length romp in 1:22 4/5. Should be played right back as she now goes through conditions.
B AND B’S PULPIT - The first time starting juvenile was no match for the well regarded runaway MSW winner in last but did well to get the place after a troubled start. The Merrill Scherer trained Brahms colt was slow to get untracked and dropped back to last entering the turn in the 6 ½ furlong event and made a strong late move while circling 6 wide. Needed the schooling and won’t take long to win his first.
CHINCHERO - Sharp under the radar trainer Tevis McCauley shipped in from Indiana Downs and went turf to synthetic second off a 30K claim. In her prior the daughter of Even The Score showed good speed at a mile before weakening late and in her last she set the pace from the start in the 6 ½ furlong 20K claiming dash and repelled all challengers before drawing clear late. Should keep winning vs the same.
COASTLINE - Well bred juvenile son of Speightstown got caught 4 wide in career debut two back and settled for the place as the 7-5 favorite. Sent off the 8-5 favorite in his last the Mark Casse trained colt ran to the billing. He broke just off the front runner, moved up at the 3/8ths pole in the 7 furlong MSW affair and drew clear when asked. Will handle allowance foes next.
MAGICAL MOMENT - This low level claimer usually puts in a good effort. In his most recent the Pulpit gelding moved up 3 wide from his outside post in the 10K mile and an eighth test and was never able to save ground. He continued to attend the pace while outside rivals on both turns, moved to confront the leader off the far turn and got a brief lead in the lane before weakening late. Just needs a better trip and/or shorter distance to improve on 24-4-3-6 career mark.
SUPER SKY - After a pair of solid tries going 5 ½ furlongs on turf at Saratoga the MSW juvenile filly was moved to synthetic and stretched out to 7 panels in most recent. The Todd Pletcher trained daughter of Sky Mesa broke just off the front runners, stayed on the inside and moved up into the lane before shooting through an opening and drawing clear in the final stages. She can handle any surface and breeding suggests she’ll deal with two turns. Wins vs allowance rivals next.
VILLANDRY - The lightly arced Charlie Lopresti trainee brought a 3 for 6 career win mark into the third level allowance/optional 80K claimer. It was the first start since last November for the son of Mr Greeley and after getting outsprinted early in the 7 furlong synthetic test he angled out from the rail at the top of the stretch and made up good ground to get the show. The versatile gelding needed the race and is a definite next out play, especially going two turns and if moved to grass.