You don’t see many morning line favorites at 4-1, but MUNDY is one tomorrow night as we drop her down in class and look for her elusive first win.
She does her best running on the front end and we’re hoping she can outbreak the other speed in her race on her flank and settle down on the front end, relax and have enough against this group to carry her home.
Here’s a look at the field:
Befuddler (Bravo/Butler) – Has only placed 3rd in 12 turf attempts and is 0-4 over the Canterbury turf.
Grace of Greatness (Robertson/Franco) – Minn bred has hit the board in 7 of 9 Canterbury turf starts including a 3rd in the 2012 Princess Elaine Stakes. Has not registered a win since 2011 however.
Moonshine Promise (Rarick/Canchari) – Had probably the most visually impressive win of the Canterbury meet, winning by 23 1/2 lengths in a dirt mile $6,250 claiming race. Her turf debut at $7500 immediately following however, was less impressive. She was 4th, beaten by 3 1/2 at 7 1/2 furlongs.
Visual Blessing (Bolinger/Martin) – Stretching out a bit after narrowly missing in two allowance dashes, she also switches to the turf for only the 4th time having never hit the board prior. She’ll look to be coming hard late.
Sixtysix Margaux (Chambers/Stevens) – Sharp winner last out in a $10,000 claiming sprint on the dirt. Never been 7 1/2 but the added distance shouldn’t faze her much. Has hit the board in 2 of 3 turf tries, but it’s been a while. Main worry? She has some early speed.
Terice (Kirby/Goodwin) – Minn bred has stuck to dirt sprinting recently but has a pair of 4ths last year over the Canterbury turf at 7 1/2 and a mile and a 1/16.
Sera’s Tunnel (Asmussen/Bell) – D Bell on the turf has been deadly this season – he has been a turf whiz. Narrowly missed catching another Clay Brinson horse, Lookinatmindy, last out at this level. Rugged mare has hit the board in 23 of 36 turf starts and looks to be in a good spot here.
Perfect Fashion (Donlin/Eikleberry) – Missed by a neck two starts back at this level and distance. Dropped down a notch last out but was bothered at the start and never got involved.
This is a very interesting race. The sprinters trying to stretch out from 6 furlongs could flash some early speed that will bother our girl. Some of the horses that are coming in after closing in their last few victories have shown early speed in the past – which style will they show this time?
MUNDY on a lead will be dangerous and Juan knows this mare very well. Against this group we should have a fighting chance when the running starts through that turn for home and we’ll hope that those sharp works she has had were an indicator of good things to come.
I will see Group 2 in the paddock before the race. We are efforting a spot at the track for the evening, but the last few weeks have been very busy at the venues. I will post information tomorrow when I know if we have secured a spot.
After the two races this week over the weekend we’ll post the next month’s financials as well as the first vet bill that finally reached us.