SEA COAST a close second in both U.S. starts, need only repeat efforts to finally get back on winning track. CONQUEST MISBEHAVE broke slow, rushed to contest the pace from tough position between horses early on, faded late in good showing coming off extended vacation. Figures to improve off effort if away cleaner from inside post. SAWYER run down late by ultimate winner while clearly best of the rest returning to a course she’s handled extremely well throughout her career. Hard to leave out of the equation.
CONQUEST SANDMAN ran huge in defeat when debuting on the grass after breaking slow, racing rankly, making huge middle move before dropping tough decision at the wire. Toss last when having little chance breaking from post 14 going 9 furs. on the main. Finds himself poorly posted once again but should prove formidible if he draws in. CANNES a well bred sort out of a multiple G1 winning mare and a half to Filmbi. Gets Lasix for bow. Barn not noted to having them cranked off the bench but this one hasn’t seemed to miss a beat in the a.m. for quite some time. OUR WAY back to what appears his favorite surface while turninig back in distance after also being compromised by turf post in main track bow.
CONQUEST TYPHOON, the day’s best, checked briefly coming to the quarter pole while not badly beaten in the Tropical Park Derby, finishing within a length of next out N2X main track winner Team Colors in the process. Tries allowance company for the first time, need only trip out from the rail to best these. BEST BARD and NOTACATBUTALLAMA look like the main competition, both having to overcome tough outside posts today.
DOCTOR MOUNTY ran evenly in well graded dash launching career at 6 1/ 2 furlongs in a field that included next out SW King Kranz. Stretches out for local bow, training well for a barn whose young horses have good success with one under their belts. MO POWER necked by Avast Matey after being hung wide throughout in promising debut and another who should move forward with added distance and the experience. Logical in here. DIXIE RUNNER was well backed at first asking, hung late while finishing on his left lead in a race which might be better than the final time would indicate. Expecting much improvement today.
GLIDING BY got a very interesting trip to say the least making premature middle move before hanging late in her 3yo debut. Gets shaky edge in wide open stakes with more judicious handling. CONQUEST BEBOP followed big polytrack debut with solid and game second place effort trying turf for the first time despite having to rally off slow pace along with preferred choice. Another one of many likely contenders in very contentious race. AMI’S MESA impressed launching career with two straight polytrack wins at Woodbine but eligible to handle the turf being a half to G3 grass winner Ami’s Holiday. Might be a bit of a sleeper making grass bow in this spot.
MOHAYMEN couldn’t have been more impressive at 2, continues to training forwardly for 3yo bow. Figures forwardly throughout, hard to look past despite the short price. CONQUEST BIG E may have the best chance of springing upset. Bounced back from fair effort in the Breeders’ Cup with impressive allowance win at Churchill to close out 2yo campaign but yet to win on dry land. GREENPOINTCRUSADER another who moves up in the wet having captured G1 Champagne in impressive fashion over sloppy strip last fall. Gets J R up for first time today.
PADDYRYAN comes up taggede for the first time in the finale, may have enough speed to take advantage of inside draw, hang on to earn diploma for this tag. WHAT POWER a half to G1 SP Battlefield Angel, debuts below purchase price for top connections. Must respect in this spot. SOCIAL STRANGER logical but perhaps a bit vulnerable at short odds returning to the grass off a big main track showing when dropped to this category for the first time, catching slop on 1/ 10.