Laurel Park – Race 4 – #3 Pretty and Fast
Mike Trombetta has been quiet over the past few months but now that Laurel is back up and running, we should see quite a bit of Mr. Trombetta’s name. Here he has Pretty and Fast running in her 4th career race. She has hit the board in all 3 of her previous races but has yet to break her maiden. She gets the benefit of having Maryland’s leading rider in Trevor McCarthy. McCarthy should kick off a strong day with a winner in the 4th race on Pretty and Fast.
Churchill Downs – Race 3 – #12 Flying The Colors
Graham Motion takes this lightly raced 4-year old filly out to Churchill Downs, where he is hoping she will break her maiden. This horse was a very expensive investment, costing her connections $975,000. She has run at Tampa Bay, Aqueduct and Churchill Downs, with this being her 4th race. Her workouts have been somewhat lacking however it looks as if Motion has her placed accordingly here against some younger maidens. Look for the jockey change to Javier Castellano to be a major upgrade for the filly and we think it will be enough to get the job done.
Churchill Downs – Race 7 Winning Colors Stakes – #2 Break Even
Break Even has won 7 of 9 races for Trainer Brad Cox. Cox was originally scheduled to run this horse on Thursday in an allowance race but scratched the horse to run her in this stakes race instead. In her last race, she dominated an Allowance Optional Claimer, posting her best numbers to date. She went on to win by 3 lengths as the favorite, but in this spot, she will most likely give away the favorite spot to the #8 Mia Mischief, who has won 3 straight including 2 stakes races and is a Grade 1 winner. The problem with that is there is a lot of speed in this race and Mia Mischief is going to want to be out on the lead. With knowing the speed up front, we look for Break Even to sit just off the pace and get to the wire first with a strong stretch run.
Tampa Bay Downs – Race 7 – #5 Flor De La Mar
Last year, this horse broke her maiden in her debut and people started talking about how she had a plethora of potential. She ran in the Santa Anita Oaks, where she ran 2nd, then ran on Kentucky Derby Day in the Oaks, where she ran off the board. Since then, she has been bouncing back and forth between Allowance Optional Claimers and lower level stakes races. This filly cost a half million dollars as a yearling and the talent is still there! Look for the lower level race to put this one right where she needs to be and she should get an easy winner on Saturday.
Santa Anita – Race 7 Honeymoon Stakes – #5 Laura’s Light
The sire of this horse, Constitution, is hot hot hot! He has fathered winners such as Derby Hopeful’s Tiz The Law, Independence Hall and Gouveneur Morris. Laura’s Light has won 3 of 5 career races, including winning both of her races here at Santa Anita. If this race goes as planned, no one will compete with her!
Charlestown – Race 2 Confucius Say Stakes – #1 Runnin’toluvya
This one absolutely LOVES running at Charlestown. This gelding has won 14 out of 21 races and all 14 of those wins, come at Charlestown. He won his last time out in an allowance race and now moves back to stakes company. With a win today, it will put him over $1 million dollars in all-time earnings. Look for jockey Christian Hiraldo to get him home for one more win and surpass that number!