By Jennifer Morrison
Saturday’s Best Bet: 8 – ALLEGORICAL – Race 6
Saturday’s Longshot Play: 3- GENDRAGON – race 10
RACE 1: 3 – EMICRACK (CHI); 5 – DOWNY BOY; 1- WESTERN TROUBLE; 2- SUNSPEAR
Speedy EMICRACK was in a slightly tougher dash on opening weekend but he should be able to hold his speed better in this dash to strat the day.
RACE 2: 2 – SUPER LUNAR; 5 – CEFALO; 3 – SIMPLE SOUVENIR; 4 – PINO IN A PURSE
Interesting match up in this optional claiming race as April 29 winner Cefalo, at 18 to 1, upset that dash in quick time with a Beyer Figure close to a career best – 79. She is back in a week and at a longer distance. I’m going to try SUPER LUNAR, who makes her season debut for trainer Sarah Ritchie. This gal was down to his level for her 2022 finale and was a good second behind a hot winner.
RACE 3: 2- AGILE DANCER; 3 – MOMENT OF PEACE; 4- BLASITO; 7- MR. DE
Winter raced AGILE DANCER posted a 64 Beyer Figure in November when he ran at this level and distance. His Turfway form is not great but I like that he is fit and is a 4-year-old meeting some younger maidens.
RACE 4: 2- COACH ABERNATHY; 7 – IT WORKED; 8 – ROOKIE RADAR; 3- BENLION
My top pick was claimed from his winning debut in Florida, sharp purchase by the Ulwellings. Then the gelding had a rough trip on turf and a modest run on Tapeta. Cutting back to 7 furlongs should work well for him. It Worked had a big workout time on April 28, 46.60.
RACE 5: 2 – UNCAPTURED MOMENT; 3 – C R HOT SHOT; 7 – GLENHOLME; 6 – FOREST STAR
The drop from maiden special weight to maiden claiming is one of the biggest moves down in class so UNCAPTURED MOMENT gets my nod in his season debut. Trainer Rav Raghunath already has a win at the meeting.
RACE 6: 8 – ALLEGORICAL; 1- BET N WIN; 2 – TEMPO MADNESS; 5 – JUSTIN’S WAY
ALLEGORICAL was a promising sophomore last spring but had to go the sidelines and now he is back from a long break. He trained in Ocala and has had plenty of quick times.
RACE 7: 4 – ALLEY OOP JOHNNY; 7 – STANLEY HOUSE; 8 – FULL EXTREME; 3 – TYSON
Last leg of the first Pick 4 and first of the late Pick 4 is an interesting field with King’s Plate hopeful Stanley House, a 3-year-old, meeting older horses such as the streaking ALLEY OOP JOHNNY. The latter has won two straight grass races but almost won on Tapeta at Gulfstream also.
RACE 8: 3 – ZIPPITY DAY; 6 – IT’S A BIRDIE; 2- CHARLOTTE’S SILVER; 1- NADIABIZNIZ
RACE 9: 3 – WAR STRATEGY; 4- MAD MOCHA; 2 – PALACE VIEW (IRE); 5 – MIDWAY MISCHIEF
RACE 10: 3 – GENDRAGON; 2- STORMY SOUL; 8 – CC’S KINGDOM; 4 – HALLIE’S HERO; 10 – LION’S GOLDENHEART
While Stormy Soul comes off a strong win at this class level at 5 furlongs, he moves out to 7 furlongs ad may once again have pressure on the pace. He is also not the type to win consecutive races. Gendragon won his 2022 opener at this distance and is worth a flyer.