BEST BET: RACE 2, SILENT TANGO
KEY RED checked in second in each of her last two excursions vs. $20K maidens. She can find the mark in this $16K maiden tilt, with Kimura back aboard. MINE FAST PHILLY was in solid maidenclaiming form prior to a fading fourth in a recent maiden special. FIELD LETTERS is debuting with a sprint-oriented pedigree, although her sire has gotten just 8% first-out winners.
SILENT TANGO has worked well since a disappointing fifth-place finish as the favorite in a $20K route Nov. 11. She could make some noise off the claim by a capable conditioner, at a price that should be appealing. NO EXTENSIONS placed in both of her November outings at this level, races which followed an extended layoff. SOME RIGHT NICE is eligible to improve second-time out in her first try for McKnight.
QUEEN OF SUMMER was blocked on the turn before closing for third in her first attempt at this $10K NW2 class Nov. 18. Leading rider Da Silva takes over for leading trainer McKnight on the lightly-raced NY-bred, who worked a bullet the other day. CORKER benefited from an inside bias before drifting out late when earning her diploma with a good Beyer for this caliber of competition. DIAMOND EXPRESS was surprisingly empty when dropping to this level five weeks ago. She deserves a mulligan with Kimura taking over.
SPIRIT OF CALEDON failed to hit the top two this year while a fringe player vs. $20K and OS/$40K company. The drop to $10K B company is significant, and he figures to be prominent with Ryan back in the saddle. ITSTARTSWITHADRINK is plunging back down to the lower ranks off a slowstarting sixth for $40K. Simon Husbands inherits the mount from the suspended Fukumoto on the 4yo. PLEASANT FOREST rallied from far off rapid splits to land a recent $20K NW2 route. The pace won’t be as hot this time. Use SEIZE THE BAY underneath in the gimmicks.
GAMBLE’S CANDY has worked encouragingly for a successful owner/trainer combo. The daughter of high-percentage debut sire Twirling Candy is halfsister to the precocious stakes winner Blueblood. Her dam romped in her only start, earning an 86 Beyer. FURIOUSLY FAST rallied for second behind the future N1X winner Pearl Heist (78 Beyer) at first asking in a quick maiden special Nov. 3. CALAIS CAT is adding blinkers off a freshening. She could be along to pick up some of the pieces. KA GEE GEE is another prospect for the lower rungs of the exotics.
SOUPER RIPTIDE rallied from 10 lengths back for second before galloping out very strongly at first asking in a Nov. 18 sprint. The blue-blooded son of Tapit will appreciate the stretchout to a mile and a sixteenth here with Lasix added. FULL EXTREME placed in each of his last four starts, including a narrow loss in an identical spot two weeks ago. Maryland invader STEREO VIEWING is taking on the boys. She hung late when second in both of her races, and could be in the hunt for the minors. First-time gelding RUMORS OF VIOLENCE is another nicely-bred Maryland shipper.
RINCE TAPAIGH and MODUS OPERANDI are both
turning back while dropping from an N1X route. Note that they ran one-two in a $25K claimer over seven furlongs Oct. 27. UNSEEN ANGELS faded late to finish fourth behind the aforementioned duo after setting the pace then. Seven-eighths is a bit farther than she wants to go, but she could round out the tri as an underlay.
Maryland-based GLOBAL ACCESS overcame a troubled trip to graduate here second-time out in a Tapeta route Oct. 31, from which the third horse exited to dominate maiden special types with a 70 Beyer. The half-brother to stakes winner March to the Arch appears to have plenty of upside. SIR WINSTON is adding blinkers off a wide/closing third in the G3 Grey, a successful angle for Casse, especially in local stakes. Kentucky shipper BAYTOWN JIMBO saved ground before ending up second here in a recent N1X won by Federal Law, who came back to finish a bang-up second in the Coronation Futurity. THE BOSS FACTOR is charting unknown territory around two turns, off a front-running maiden romp over seven furlongs.
L. A. HOUSE awaited room on the far turn en route to finishing third behind the two favorites in an identical spot Nov. 23. This third race of her form cycle could be a peak one. DOLLY DAGGER just missed after a wide/stalking trip in the abovementioned event, which was her first start around two turns. ACHAINOFLOVE landed on the edges behind the top two picks after closing wide on her left lead that day.
MAGICAL MAN is worth a flyer in this secondlevel optional claimer, even though he’s been a vet scratch since winning his third straight allowance Oct. 20. He figures to be pressing what could be a moderate pace, and might have enough left to hold off the closers. CONQUEST LEMONRAID has been knocking on the door at this level, but his hanging tendencies make him a dicey win play. He benefited from an anti-speed bias when losing his last outing to a rejuvenated 3yo. MARTEN LAKE has been rock solid throughout the meet against optional-starter company. He’s a good fit from a Beyer perspective, which is also the case with GLACIER.
SCREENWRITER was a bit rank early last time when a prominent second in an N1X over 10 furlongs. The turnback to nine furlongs could be ideal for the daughter of Ghostzapper. PERFECTION CAT outran the top choice for second in a nine-furlong N1X Oct. 28, when she put up a 75 Beyer. The runnerup from her recent flat fourth returned to win an N1X (73 Beyer). HOLY FORT rode an inside bias in a gate-to-wire maiden special triumph Oct. 7. She’s worked okay since, and Da Silva inherits the mount from the injured Patrick Husbands. CAPE MIST is another possibility.