BEST BET: RACE 8, CONQUEST TYPHOON
Going on the assumption that all of today’s turf races will stay on the grass. LILLIE’S ANSWER finished well from off a leisurely pace while showing marked improvement at Tampa, looks ready for best yet making third start of her career. VIVA BERTHA an eight time winner who comes off a game showing vs. open claiming company, continues to hold form well, may ultimately prove one to catch. AL KHAZAALIYA finsihed full of run in a race that collapsed late while turning in big effort off an 11 month layoff. Obvious factor if able to repeat the effort today.
LESLIE’S HARMONY a $1.1 million yearling purchase and kin to champion Beholder debuts off steady series of works, hasn’t caught any worldbeaters for her debut. TALE FOR RUBY looks best of the experienced ones. Ran well behind 5-2 choice despite wide trip stretching to a mile, dons shades for 3yo bow. Figures forwardly placed from the outset. PRESUMPTUOUS did well to finish third after breaking slow from tough post in a much needed career bow at N Y Expect better with the experience.
CATHRYN SOPHIA has opened career with two sensational wins but does get a class check moving to the big stage for her graded stakes bow. Still may be too fast for these. CONQUEST BABAYAGA has turned in a couple of sharp efforts to open her career. Won off impressively at first asking, gave highly regarded and undefeated Ami’s Mesa(see Sweetest Chant) in her only other start. Could prove main upset threat. ISLAND SAINT proved she’s at her best when allowed to use her speed to good advantage, must avoid potential suicidal duel with the preferred one.
CARDIO COWBOY short on experience but appears long on talent, has trained extremely well for local bow, worth a shot at what may be fair value considering presence of AWESOME BANNER in this lineup. The latter has runaway and hid in two impressive efforts to launch career but facing toughest task yet today. ECONOMIC MODEL ran to his backing to win debut last summer at Saratoga, has worked well in company with Shagaf at Palm Meadows. Might be this good even off the bench.
CONQUEST DADDYO did well to finish fourth in the BC Juvenile Turf despite a tough trip follow- ing impressive G2 win at Woodbine in which he defeated a field that included stable mate and next out Cup and Saucer winner Conquest Enforcer. Working well for 3yo bow. LIFE IMITATES ART has yet to run a poor one, finally got his head down in front in the Dania Beach after series of near misses at 2. AZAR etter than his effort of yielding ground in the Juvenile Turf might seem. Previous tries points him out among the major players in a race where trip likely the deciding factor.