Top train­ers clash in al­lowance

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By Marty McGee

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Only one al­lowance is on tap Thurs­day at Gulf­stream Park, but fans ought to get their money’s worth, so to speak. It’s a $50,000, third-level race sched­uled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf, and the 11 older horses be­ing brought to­gether are about as well matched as you’ll find.

Amer­i­can Pa­triot and Ital­ian Charm are among four 4-year-olds mak­ing a foray into the ranks of more-ex­pe­ri­enced turf horses, help­ing to make for some in­ter­est­ing hand­i­cap­ping. Both will be mak­ing their first starts since the fall, and both rate as good a chance as any.

As of­ten hap­pens, many of the top sta­bles here for the win­ter are rep­re­sented in a sin­gle race, with Todd Pletcher,

Chad Brown, Christophe Cle­ment, and Mark Casse among the train­ers hav­ing starters.

Casse said he be­lieves Con­quest Typhoon fig­ures squarely in the mix, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the 5-year-old was re­cently gelded.

“I thought his last breeze was one of his bet­ter ones,” Casse said. “I’ve felt that maybe 99 per­cent of horses are bet­ter off af­ter you geld them. He’s al­ways been a bit of an un­der­achiever, so maybe he’ll have a lit­tle more fo­cus now.”

The fea­ture goes as the ninth of 11 races on a card that starts at 12:35 p.m. Eastern. It’s part of the 20-cent Rain­bow 6 (races 6-11), which had its jack­pot de­pleted Sun­day when a solo win­ning ticket re­turned $210,518.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Amer­i­can Pa­triot, by War Front Last 3 Bey­ers: 90-89-91

◗ The win­ner of the Grade 3 Kent Stakes last sum­mer at Delaware Park, this WinS­tar Farm home­bred has been re­grouped by Pletcher since his form went a tad south af­ter he kept knock­ing heads with high­class op­po­si­tion.

Ital­ian Charm, by Gio Ponti Last 3 Bey­ers: 87-91-78

◗ Based at Payson Park with Cle­ment, this Green Hills Farm home­bred went through his con­di­tions last year in quick or­der and shows six sharp works in prepa­ra­tion for his re­turn. Con­quest Typhoon, by Stormy At­lantic Last 3 Bey­ers: 89-79-96

◗ Fast ap­proach­ing the oneyear an­niver­sary of his most re­cent win, this On­tario-bred was a good sec­ond in a sim­i­lar turf race here Jan. 20 and was gelded shortly there­after.

Tale of Fancy, by Tale of Ekati Last 3 Bey­ers: 85-95-94

◗ This speedy Charles Fipke home­bred fig­ures to cast a ma­jor pres­ence from the open­ing bell, espe­cially when mak­ing his first start in three months for veteran con­di­tioner Bar­clay Tagg.

Sa­ham, by Lemon Drop Kid Last 3 Bey­ers: 88-93-86

◗ Wouldn’t be a stretch to say this Brown-trained 5-year-old needed his last race, his first in nearly 14 months, when hav­ing a spot of trou­ble once the real run­ning be­gan.

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