Miller en­trants both in with chances

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Mike Welsch

MI­AMI – Af­ter a dearth of al­lowance races through­out the week, they’ll go back-to-back Sun­day at Gulf­stream Park West with a pair of op­tion­al­claim­ing events re­stricted to Florida-breds top­ping the 10-race pro­gram. The first of the two head­lin­ers will be de­cided at six fur­longs on the dirt, the sec­ond around two turns go­ing one mile over the turf. Both races carry a purse of $42,000.

Rory Miller is the only trainer who’ll be rep­re­sented in both races, send­ing out the speedy Ma­jes­tic Se­cret against seven ri­vals in the eighth race and Cal­lie Cal­i­for­nia as one of the choices in the ninth, which drew 13 fil­lies and mares in­clud­ing a pair of main track-only en­trants.

Ma­jes­tic Se­cret is com­ing off a fourth-place fin­ish be­hind the red-hot The Best Candy here just 10 days ago over a sloppy track. Ma­jes­tic Se­cret opened a seem­ingly com­fort­able ad­van­tage near­ing mid­stretch only to tire late try­ing to stretch his speed to 6 1/2 fur­longs. Win­less in seven starts this sea­son, Ma­jes­tic Se­cret should have plenty of com­pany up front with Tiger Blood and Forty Fath­oms among the com­pe­ti­tion.

Tiger Blood is al­ready a win­ner at this meet, hav­ing led through­out for a three-quar­ter­length vic­tory against bot­tom­level claim­ing ri­vals go­ing seven fur­longs in the slop on Oct. 4. He has shown steady im­prove­ment since join­ing owner-trainer Juan Ar­ria­gada’s barn dur­ing the sum­mer.

Forty Fath­oms was a pop­u­lar item at the claim box ear­lier this year, chang­ing barns af­ter three suc­ces­sive starts be­fore wind­ing up with owner-trainer Ger­ald Pro­cino fol­low­ing a third-place fin­ish un­der a $12,500 price tag on Aug. 17.

A hot pace in the eighth race would en­hance the chances of Star Juan­cho, who has hit the board in eight con­sec­u­tive starts against vir­tu­ally the same type of com­pe­ti­tion, but hasn’t won since March. Star Juan­cho does own far and away the best last race Beyer Speed Fig­ure of the bunch, a 78 for his sec­ond-place fin­ish as the 9-5 fa­vorite un­der sim­i­lar con­di­tions at Gulf­stream Park on Sept. 22.

Cal­lie Cal­i­for­nia also ap­pears to be a need-the-lead type, and Miller will be hop­ing she can shake loose early from Classy Woman in the ninth race. Cal­lie Cal­i­for­nia led through­out to post a pair of one-sided vic­to­ries this sum­mer, each at a mile over the Gulf­stream Park turf course. The mod­est streak was snapped in her most re­cent ap­pear­ance, when she stepped up into the al­lowance ranks to fin­ish fourth on Sept. 23.

An­abella Queen, com­ing off a pair of frus­trat­ing near-misses against state­breds, will try again for first win of the year and should get a good stalk­ing trip be­hind the early lead­ers. She is among the other key con­tenders in the ninth race along with Four K’s and Prospec­tively.

Pop’s Ir­ish Rose may also de­serve a mul­li­gan de­spite a fifth-place fin­ish as the fa­vorite in this same cat­e­gory on Sept. 23. She has an affin­ity for the Gulf­stream Park West turf, over which she’s reg­is­tered 2 of her 5 wins.

◗ Seek­ing a Star, an $800,000 year­ling pur­chase at the Keeneland 2017 Septem­ber sale, will make her lo­cal de­but in Sun­day’s sev­enth race, a one­mile maiden spe­cial weight test that drew a full field of 12 2-yearolds, in­clud­ing a pair from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher.

Seek­ing a Star, a daugh­ter of Pioneerof the Nile, made her only start this spring at Keeneland, fin­ish­ing fourth while beaten more than 13 lengths in a 4 1/2-fur­long dash won by the now mul­ti­ple stakes-placed Chelsea Clois­ters. Seek­ing a Star is trained by Mark Casse for prin­ci­pal client John Ox­ley.

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