MARYJEAN Favored in Canterbury Finale

MARYJEAN is the morning line favorite as well as being selected by the program as the possible winner in her final Canterbury race. She drew Post Position 1 in the six furlong dash, race 6 on the card. Here is the rundown:

1. MARYJEAN (BRINSON/CANCHARI)

2. CRIMINAL ELEGANCE (Turco/Escobar) – Deep closer hasn’t run in a non-conditioned race since last year at Hawthorne, where she struggled.

3. CASSIDILLY (Bera/Escobar) – Once upon a time there was a saying that you “just don’t beat Cassidilly”. That was a while ago. She was claimed after a layoff and while she’s hit the board after the claim, she hasn’t won yet. She’ll also try and come from off the pace.

4. SHIMAI (Hawley/Shino) – A stalker who tried the turf last out was in a race with our girl in MJ’s last race and, while we beat her, neither of us was very impressive.

5. JUST HAVE’N FUN (Wolochuk/Eikleberry) – Finally a bit of speed to run at and, thankfully, she’s not the only one. Remains at this level and though she faltered a bit last time, she could still be dangerous.

6. CHUMASH (Rarick/P. Canchari) – Hasn’t been the same horse for the new barn, but Rarick is a veteran and that won’t last. Back on the dirt at a distance and condition where she last ran, she’ll try and get a stalking trip under Alex’s brother Patrick.

7. TANABATA (Hawley/Carenno) – Speedster should help his stablemate but should also help us as well by helping to push along the other speed.

8. INFORMAL FANNIE (Bethke/Bell) – More speed on the outside who threw in a real clunker last out. If she can get out and push along the speed to her inside, it should set up nicely for whoever can get a good run at the leaders.

It does look as though we stand a pretty good shot in here as long as her last was just an aberration and not a pattern. One thing that works in our favor is that before that race she only had 16 days off in between and she seems to do her best running with a bit more rest and she had it going into here.

The speed will clear out outside of her and, with the rail and a decent break, we should be able to save ground while sitting 4th or 5th. I think the key will be if Alex has a straight shot at the tiring frontrunners. If we have a clear path – either outside but most likely up the rail – we could be very dangerous in here.

I don’t know if we have a spot in Silks, I would assume we do but I will make sure tomorrow and post separately.

It’s Group 3 in the paddock and Jeff and Michelle will be there for you all. I’m guessing that I’ll be watching on the side of the road somewhere in Iowa.

Good luck!

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