Furzy is making the first Club start of 2020 this evening in a Maiden Special Weight going about 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf. The race is the fifth on the card and she’ll be breaking from post 5 with Ry Eikleberry on board. In a pandemic world we’ve been a bit sidetracked on what we can and can’t do, so the folks in the first Club group will be on track level tonight, please review yesterday’s posts for procedures.
Others can reserve a table on 3rd floor ($15), access on Mezzanine ($10) or grab one of the free spots in the simulcast center on 3 (https://www.canterburypark.com/racing-promotions/simulcast-clubhouse-reservations/). Again, due to temporary occupancy restrictions we will not have access to the paddock or winners’ circle (if we get that fortunate).
On to the preview of the race! The 1, Pretty Xtreme, is a main track only entry and is unlikely to start so we will start with post 2.
Brahms Is Who (Rengstorf/Mawing) – Had a couple of tough outs at Oaklawn to start her career in state bred maiden claimers. Makes the switch to the turf this evening.
She’s Fire and Ice (Robertson/Butler) – A pair of solid outings last season when she moved to the turf. Her workout pattern is good and Dean Butler won three on yesterday’s card. Primed for a good outing and looks to be close to the pace early.
Avie’s Paradise (Lund/Goncalves) – Grabbed a start at Turf Paradise before the shutdown to start her season and finished a solid 2nd. Been working steadily there and Lone Star since. Previously had shown herself as a closer but the one outing this year she was prominently placed.
Spitfire Suzie (Padilla/Quinonez) – Solid first turf effort at Tampa and Luis Quinonez has been riding very well.
Plenty of Munny (Stuart/Felix) – First turf try coming off of back to back 2nd place finishes at Will Rogers. Certainly fit and ready to roll, should be leading the pack early.
And Isles (Litfin/Velazquez) – Off for 2 years before coming back for a race at Oaklawn in late April.
My Heart Sings (Rosin/Chrinos) – Off since March, Fairgrounds turf starts have only been fair but her Beyer Speed Figures are better than most in the field.
Lady Hideaway (Rengstorf/Loveberry) – First turf try she has been working really well since moving north.
Ms Sassy Atitude (Robertson/Arrieta) – Another Robertson trainee. Ran fairly against MSW (state bred) at Oaklawn earlier in the year, makes first try here.
Jakealina (Bollinger/Harr) – Three career starts at Fonner for the five year old just starting her career. This will be her first turf try and will be getting Lasix for the first time.
This is an intriguing race. I can’t say that we’re “upper tier” in here, but I’m not really sure who is! We have quite a few first time turfers or horses that haven’t started in a few months. We have class droppers and climbers and Beyer Speed Figures all over the board with no one being particularly impressive.
Furzy has questions to answer:
Can she handle the turf? She hasn’t tried the surface yet. Her dam (by Harlan’s Holiday) has only her as progeny thus far and was unraced herself. Her sire (by Tapit) has one winner out of ten turf starters but as an Arkansas based stallion most of the breeding is geared toward dirt since there is no turf course at Oaklawn. We wanted to find out if she could handle the turf and this was the first non five furlong grass maiden race there was when she was ready, so we will see.
Can she get 7 1/2 furlongs? The better of her two races was at six furlongs while she tired badly at a mile, however a horse can carry speed a bit further on the grass than on the dirt and speed seems to be holding on both surfaces right now – though the turf sample size is too small to draw any conclusions.
Her two works here were fine – not explosive but not lollygagging either. Most likely the best strategy to employ is to leave the race in Ry’s hands and let him adjust as the race unfolds. From the five spot, should she break well, Ry should have some options available to him. I think we need to stay fairly close and try to strike coming out of the turn.
I’m honestly not sure if we can win here, but I would be happy with an on-the-board finish and have her show us something. The wild card is that no horse in here is particularly appealing or a real standout. Any equine athlete that can step up over the turf has a good chance of taking the race. We’ll know around 6:45 if it was her!
Good luck everybody!