We finally get on the racetrack as MARYJEAN heads to the oval to take on five other fillies and mares in a $10,000 claiming race going six furlongs with a purse of $17,000.
This is a good spot for her but it’s far from an easy one. Here is a rundown of the field:
1 – Glamour Galore (Westermann/Olesiak): Last three attempts have been in stakes races, albeit at Fonner Park and with little success. Claimed for $10,000 last fall out of Keeneland, she was able to capture a $10,000 starter allowance at Oaklawn first out for the new connections but only hit the board once since.
2 – MARYJEAN (Brinson/Canchari)
3 – Hollywood Knockout (Stuart/ Escobar): Placed 3rd in a first level allowance race at Prairie Meadows in her first start of the season and then up the track in a $12,000 Optional Claiming race. She looks like she’ll want to come off the pace which, though easier this weekend, is a tough task in a Canterbury dirt sprint.
4 – Epigraph (Hawley/Stevens): Comes in riding a five race winning streak in Nebraska. She steps up here but loves the lead and has won handily during her streak. But on her outside…
5 – Nevergetsold (Diodoro/Carreno): Is more speed. She beat a field of Turf Paradise allowance horses in wire to wire fashion to close out 2013 and then came out swinging this year, finishing second at $16,000, unable to hold her lead in the stretch.
6 – The Bosser (Turco/Hamilton): The third Nebraska shipper in the field, she’s hit the board in both of her 2014 starts, her last a second place finish as a victim to EPIGRAPH’s winning streak. She likes to stalk and may be in a good position to slip in behind the speed on her inside.
Our girl stacks up pretty well in here but it’s certainly no cake walk. She should be in really good position with the early pace and her speed figure in her last race makes her a clear threat in here if she can repeat it. The morning line favorite, GLAMOR GALORE, is going to want to try the same tactic and it may come down to which mare can come out standing after slugging it out through the lane. Hopefully the Prairie Meadow shipper, HOLLYWOOD KNOCKOUT, won’t be there to pick up the pieces if everyone falters.
It’s not going to be easy but it sure is possible.
We have a spot reserved in Silks and once again, since there appears to be some confusion, we are starting with Group 3 and the groups are as follows:
GROUP 1 – Allen – Debele
GROUP 2 – Degen – Hennis
GROUP 3 – Herold – Manson
GROUP 4 – Martell – Scheper
GROUP 5 – Schneidermann – Ziegler