BEST BET: RACE 4, ROYAL LASER
DANCING DOLL exits a much-improved third following a summer vacation in her second start. With blinkers on, she should be prominent in this five-furlong maiden special. MARITIME BREEZE is turning back off a fading fourth traveling seveneighths in her fourth trip postward. ANONYMOUSLY missed the break before finishing a clear second at first asking vs. $40K maidens.
SHE CALLS IT has worked decently for a trainer who can have one ready. The daughter of 11% 2yo debut sire Giant Gizmo is the third from a 2yo debut winner who banked $264K. DANCING HORIZON is by last year’s leading Canadian 2yo sire Silent Name. The full-sister to stakes-placed County Lineman ($325K) is commencing her career with blinkers and Lasix. SHOWBIZ LADY flashed cheap speed when debuting over seven furlongs, and might be more effective in this sixfurlong sprint.
ADIOS MUCHACHO closed four-wide for second behind the favored Not So Quiet vs. $40K NW2 opposition in his penultimate start on the Tapeta. Ignore his last dismal race over yielding turf, and give him a big chance to break through here with the addition of blinkers and Hernandez. DAVKA is worth a long look off the McKnight claim, a 38% angle since the beginning of 2017. MARCUS showed signs of life when fourth while going long in his latest.
ROYAL LASER ended his “seconditis” by beating NW2 OS allowance/$40K stock going a mile on yielding turf Aug. 26. After that confidencebooster, the half-brother to Kingsport should be dangerous in this one-mile OS stakes. SILENT POET is stretching out off a front-running score going six furlongs in his first start with Lasix. A mile is probably farther than he wants to go, but he might never look back if able to shake loose early. ESKIMINZIN is shortening up off back-to-back fourths in the final two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, while shedding some weight. BE VEWY VEWY QUIET was a lapped-on second behind the latter in his only turf start in the six-furlong Bold Ruckus Stakes.
POLAR LIGHT made most of the running when second traveling a mile and a sixteenth in his latest. The son of Kitten’s Joy can graduate on the turnback to seven-eighths. DETROIT STEEL placed in four consecutive races before a flat effort over yielding ground in his most recent excursion. PAPA D hit the board for the first time when he was a wide/closing third after a tardy start Aug. 18.
First-time gelding FIRST VICTORY could register his first victory in this $20K sprint. The son of Victor’s Cry is dropping from OS/$40K company for his third start, while switching from turf to the Tapeta. TRUTH SERUM placed in each of his last two outings for $16K. CHESTERMERE helped to set a slow pace before fading to third when dropping to this price last time. Use him underneath in the gimmicks, along with LILLZ NOT CRYING.
ARTILENA romped in a four-horse maiden special when moving out to seven-eighths second-time out in a maiden special that came off the grass Aug. 22. She’s since worked impressively on the main turf course, and is by the superb turf sire
Artie Schiller. Trainer Catherine Day Phillips ran second in this G1 last year with Dixie Moon. MY
GAL BETTY closed wide from sixth to take the sixfurlong Catch A Glimpse Stakes easily on yielding turf Aug. 25. She was clearly best when disqualified from first for interference in the My Dear Stakes. LA PELOSA blew out on main turf here Thursday after shipping over from England, where she was competitive in G3 stakes. She’s going on Lasix, as is another European import, MINTD, who’s making her first start for trainer Chad Brown after working at Saratoga. GWENDOLINE H improved dramatically last time off the McKnight claim, when she rallied wide from off a lively pace to win a second-level optional event on the grass with a 90 Beyer. She’s no slouch on the Tapeta when she’s on her game, which could be the case again here under the hot bug Kimura. BLURRICANE closed along the rail to capture an identical contest a month ago, and rarely runs a bad one. RED EXPLOSION nosed out the latter to prevail in her debut at this level Aug. 10, after beating N1X rivals on a brutally hot day June 30.
NASHTRICK battled three-wide for the lead on the turn before pulling away to win his about seven-furlong debut on good turf impressively. The promising gelding has since worked nicely on the main turf with his unbeaten stablemate, Avie’s Flatter. FOG OF WAR beat two future maiden special winners when graduating on debut in a maiden special turf dash at Saratoga. JUNGLE
WARRIOR closed strongly from mid-pack to land his six-furlong opener on the grass over the consistent TRICKY MAGICIAN, who returned to finish second in the Soaring Free Stakes. Casse’s go-to rider, JR, picks up the mount on the latter.
DISTINCT PASSION raced at least five-wide all the way before finishing three lengths back in fifth vs. NW2 OS/$40K rivals two weeks ago. His trainer, who snapped out of a slump on Wednesday, is dropping him way down to $10K here with Contreras, who broke his maiden. WALL STREET WOLF is changing surfaces for the drop from a key $20K turf sprint. First-time gelding ROCK YOU failed to stay a mile and a sixteenth last time. He should be more effective in this six-furlong dash with the bug Kimura aboard.
HARPER P M couldn’t keep up in a tough N1X that was run in lane 5 last weekend. This NW2 OS/$40K claimer is much easier, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get the job done in lane 1. WALKABOUT CREEK is also tagged for for the first time, after finishing on the edges in a sevenfurlong N1X. He’s by the good turf sire Lonhro, and shouldn’t mind the unfamiliar footing. Win-shy FRITZIE’S BOY and ROCKBARTON are prospects for the bottom of vertical wagers.