We’re off in front of the home crowd once again with Paddock Group 2 leading the way. Here is a brief rundown of this large group of $10,000 claimers going 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf.
She’s Mighty Fast (Padilla/A Canchari) – 3rd to our girl in the acquisition race. Hot barn and leading rider.
Tactical Girl (Litfin/Mojica) – Claimed last out after a 5th place finish in $7500. Another hot barn with newly arrived talented jock Orlando Mojica. Gal has done well on the CBY turf in the past.
Bear Facts (Lund/Franco) – Just missed by a neck last out in her return to the races after a layoff. Probably benefitted from that outing and now moves up to tackle these.
Enlightened (Bethke/Butler) – Claimed out of our acquisition race which was a disappointing debut after a layoff. Butler stays aboard and this gal certainly has done better against higher.
Scatin Around (Ashford/Rosier) – Cutting the claiming price in half for this outing after a lackluster effort in her return.
Shesa Sweet Secret (Brinson/Carreno) – Shows great speed but has been unable to extend it to a mile or more. However 7 1/2 furlongs appears to be right in her wheelhouse. She should be tough on the front end.
Sweet Tango (Bethke/Bethke) – Minnesotan was a last out winner on her return to the turf.
Dakota Eyes (Rarick/Martin) – Several sub-par efforts since the break in Tampa and the return to Canterbury.
Emma Lea’s Song (Herb/Jimenez) – Was overtaken by our gal late. Will Rodgers shippers have been tough and the cutback to 7 1/2 furlongs may be all she needs.
The Real McCoy (Sheehan/Goodwin) – Bit of a tough spot for the well traveled mare after her 6th place finish against most of these.
MIZ OWELL (BRINSON/VELAZQUEZ)
Lamazone (McFarlane/Hernandez) – 1st start back in MN after Turf Paradise where he ended his winter with a win. An allowance placed runner here last season.
While we’ve beaten many in here, this is a tough spot. Three wins in a row is hard and doing it at 7 1/2 furlongs from the 11 post is exceptionally difficult. Denny is really going to have his work cut out for him. He’ll need to try and not to lose too much ground while still being able to get inside and not go too wide in the short run to the first turn. Not an easy task even with as well as he’s been riding this meet.
This is a really well balanced field with speed, stalkers and closers. I think we’re good enough to win but we most certainly are going to need some luck to do it.