Jojo’s Dream can fire fresh

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Randy Gould­ing

Full and com­pet­i­tive fields make up most of the 11 races carded Sun­day at Gulf­stream Park West, and the fea­tured 10th race – a first-level al­lowance race with a $25,000 claim­ing op­tion that drew 16 en­tries – is no ex­cep­tion. There are 14 horses en­tered for turf, 12 will start, and two as main track only. If the race is moved to dirt, Mr. Kisses will be tough to beat.

On turf, it is a more com­pet­i­tive race with Jojo’s Dream and Shana Tova the main pro­tag­o­nists in the 7 1/2-fur­long dash. Both are com­ing off lay­offs, though, which makes the race a wide-open af­fair.

Jojo’s Dream should be fa­vored. He can fire fresh and has been work­ing as if he’s ready for a big ef­fort com­ing off the bench. He will be mak­ing his first start for trainer Sally Mitchel­hill.

In his last start, for trainer Ralph Ziadie on June 29 in a sim­i­lar race at Gulf­stream Park, he sat just off the speed early, took the lead on the sec­ond turn, and was game in de­feat while los­ing by a neck to Jagr.

Jojo’s Dream drew post 4 and should get a nice trip from a for­ward po­si­tion with lead­ing ap­pren­tice jockey Romero Maragh aboard.

Trained by Ralph Nicks, Shana Tova hasn’t raced since July 7, when he fin­ished sec­ond go­ing a mile on turf in the $100,000 Not Sur­pris­ing Stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulf­stream. It was a strong ef­fort, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing he was up against it break­ing from the 12-hole. In his only start against older horses, he fin­ished third be­hind next-out win­ners One of a Kind and Erasmo’s Dream in a first-level al­lowance race with a $25,000 claim­ing op­tion June 2.

The ver­sa­tile Florida-bred colt will break from post 3 with Edgard Zayas rid­ing.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Jojo’s Dream, by Dis­creetly Mine Last 3 Bey­ers: 86-86-62

◗ He has won a third of his 15 starts and in his most re­cent win – a first-level al­lowance race for Florida-breds that had a $16,000 claim­ing op­tion May 11 – he was com­ing off a 104-day lay­off.

Shana Tova, by Al­go­rithms Last 3 Bey­ers: 83-81-71

◗ The lightly raced 3-year-old was on the up­swing when he took the rest of the sum­mer off, and he’s been work­ing steadily for his re­turn.

FORMULATOR FACT: Nicks has a 16 per­cent strike rate with horses com­ing back in be­tween 61 and 180 days over the past five years.

Gra­ham’s Way, by Tapit Last 3 Bey­ers: 80-65-66

◗ The Michael Stid­ham­trained 3-year-old took a big step for­ward when he fin­ished third in a first-level al­lowance race with a $20,000 claim­ing op­tion Oct. 1 at Delaware Park. He is a half-brother to a turf win­ner, so he could make a big im­pact run­ning on grass for the first time.

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