BEST BET: RACE 10, WINNING DRIVE
KIKINBOY has switched hands since last try and well spotted to get back on winning track. Finished solid second when last tackling conditions claimers here in June. THE DOW continues to hold form well, just missed in first venture against N3L’s. Does return a bit quick but have to throw in mix if able to repeat last couple. TIGERBEACH exits career best from a Beyer standpoint when stretching back out around two turns and getting some class relief for return to local sod. Just the Facts exits key race when last cited in August and a good fit here if not for having to overcome the extreme outside post which can be major drawback at this distance.
LARCENY shows up for a claiming tag for the first time after chasing home a couple of good ones in Boldor and next out N!X allow. winner(87 Beyer) Super Steed in Ky. finale. Beat his other 9 rivals that day and likely not facing anything close to that kind here. DIRECT APPROACH out of a mare whose 2 sibs to make races both 6 figure earners. Shows steady work tab prepping for bow and Saez signing on may be a good sign. BRONZED split next out winners Uncle Benny(81 Beyer) and Direct Order(79 Beyer) in N J finale and another who gets tagged for local bow. Big question whether he’ll need one off bench/farm.
SARA’S DAY stays put off the claim after posting a win and second in two open $6,250 tries to close out GPW meet. Actually seems every better at a one turn mile. Gets the edge over THERE GOES BELLA who was also necked at this level two back locally and the likely pace setter if away running from inside. SCHMISS drops to cheapest level yet making 2nd start off the claim. Should relish the class relief.
BIG BOY BRUNO beat cheaper going 6 furs. across town but may be even better back at his home track and going a one turn mile. Gets call over likely favorite CHOVANES who returns to open selling ranks and strictly one to catch if he leaves running inside. MOTOWN MAN a consistent sort and then some from a Beyer standpoint and capable of grabbing a minonr share with Saez taking the reins.
C MAJOR deserves another chance after getting carried very wide on clubhouse turn then forced to duel between horses when taking plenty of action launching career last month at GPW. By Shanghai Bobby out of a mare whose first three foals to races were all winners. KING ORB succumbed grudgingly as the choice in Md. finale over yielding ground but not she ran huge over this strip last spring. VETTEL sheds blinkers, looks like controlling speed even without the shades. Might hold on for a piece.
MAC JAGGER not only caught mud but a very talented field with the top four finishers from the race coming back to run Beyers between 83-93 in their next starts. Was not badly beaten by likes of Timber Ghost in previous outing and not facing that kind in local bow. ARTICULATOR puts blinkers on off the claim after finishing good second behind red hot winner last time in Ky. AEQUOR exits much needed outing behind Delta Bluesman and expected to improve with the race under his belt.
PRETTY SHEA D gets some class relief trying
conditioned claimers while exiting key race that produced pair of next out winners. Look out if she can clear off early from IRISH FIX. The latter also has plenty of early foot and not that huge effort over this course 11 months earlier. LITTLE NICOLE drops, turns back to a sprint, should be coming strong at the end.
Lots of questions to answer in the main event including what happened to BREAKING LUCKY in his last start. Put a line through that effort and classy sort could prove right one dropping to this level and off that strong performance behind Petrov and Favorable Outcome in seasonal bow at the Spa. BIBLICAL an up and coming sort who was sidelined after big N1X tally here last winter. Appears to be training forwardly for his return. IMPERATIVE like Breaking Lucky has plenty of back class to draw on while exiting a troubled third vs. similar four weeks earlier in Md.
GOODTHINGSTAKETIME drops out of steady diet of stakes co. into an N1X for first time in his career and Irad takes the call. Should be along with clean sailing. MUCHACHA UNO one of only two multiple winners in the field having defeated older, starter allowance opposition earlier this fall in N Y Tough customer here if able to repeat that try. STEAMY
WINDOWS won a slow but super key race(4 next out winners) last out at Presque Isle and bred to love the going. Could be bit of a sleeper here.
WINNING DRIVE, the day’s best, caught a good one when upset as 3-5 choice in career bow, the winner of that race coming back to finish second in subsequent stakes try. Need only move forward to graduate. BEAU TRACE one of several in here emerging from the 11th at GPW on 11/10, showing promise after swinging extremely wide with a midrace bid before flattening out at the end. Taken to move forward from the effort. FOLLOWHISFOOTSTEPS chased wire to wire winner in the same race, faded late while failing to switch off left lead down stretch. Another who should move forward from the experience.