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Trainer Profile: 

Name: John

From: Vancouver, Canada

Stable Name: Greeko Holdem

Nickname: Greeko

Seasons as Trainer: 2

I had a chance to interview digitaldown’s latest rising star conditioner John in the chatroom tonight. Special thanks to John for his time and responses.

Q: What interested you about digitaldowns.us and virtual horse racing?

A: I’ve grown up around horse racing since the age of 5 and got close to owning real horses in the past, but never did. I‘ve always loved the sport and thought it would be fun to manage and race my own virtual horses.

Q: In real horse racing do you have a favorite horse or trainer that you follow?

A: My favorite horse growing up was Easy Goer.

Easy Goer

Q: Who is your favorite horse in your stable at digitaldowns?

A: Sheza Ecko 2 year old filly that’s made over 200Kc on the track already. 

Q: Season 34 marks your first full season at digitaldowns, what were your goals this season?

A: My goals at the start of the season was to win a few big races and get a feel for the game and how it works. I wanted to build my stable thru claimers and purchase horses privately. When I started I didn’t have very much of anything, but I found a few breeders, bought Season 33 Horse of the Year TEMPLE OF SAKKARA and later purchased another stable to add to my string of runners. 

Q: What has been your biggest challenge so far?

A: My biggest challenge so far has been with the cheaper claimers. I’ve found the C and D type horses take turns winning and are very inconsistent.

Q: What is your favorite feature about digitaldowns and why?

A: This game has a lot of great features such as qualifiers and champ finals, but I really love the breeding and bloodlines aspect of the game. I’d like to focus a lot of my time breeding and selling champions.

Q: What are some changes you’d like to see added to the game?

A: I’d like for there to be an easier way to follow horses from other stables for claiming using a notification of some kind. I want to see more bigger purse races, like the Create Million, Greeko Derby, Greeko Oaks, etc. I would reduce claiming classes and add claiming weight allowance races. Lastly, I would like to see the site add a end of season “Breeder’s Cup” type event. 

Q: What are you most looking forward to for Season 35?

A: With my late start in season 33 I consider this (34) my rookie season. I’m eager to race my yearlings and give the triple crown a chance. I will have 3 to 4 horses that will be eligible to possibly win it. 

John wanted to mention and give thanks to a few of the trainers that helped him along the way this season: Eddie of TaylorandTaryn, Norm of Trunoble Lodge, and John of Aloya.

 

 

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Last week the Royal Oaks trainee LOCK N LOAD smartly made all and wired leg 2 to deny the Triple Crown bid of GOTCHA BABY. While the heavy action remained elsewhere in the betting, this time digitaldowns punters had wisely “spread” in what turned out to be another salty field.

With both GOTCHA BABY and LOCK N LOAD set to enjoy festivities in there stalls for leg 3, the Triple Crown high drama is noticeably absent for tomorrow’s race. Despite the void a Triple Crown bid or a “rubber match” between the leg 1 and leg 2 champions we still have a big money race pitting some of the best horses and trainers together. Let’s meet the field.

 

#1 THE WAR TROLL

Royal Oaks who won last week’s Preakness event sends out this sophomore filly who makes her first appearance this series. She’s been racing against softer foes in the mid level claimers and starter allowance ranks notching 1 win so far this season. She has a bit of back class having raced in the Juvenile Champ Route Final where she was troubled 9th. While the steady diet of mile races leading to the stretch-out trip was a winning move for this barn last week (LOCK N LOAD, Royal Oaks) this runner appears to be a bigger threat over the turf and would need to take a big step forward off her 3 YO resume to compete for top honors.

#2 DRAGON FIRE

Seems like long ago, but its been less than 3 months since this 3 YO won the Juvenile Route championship at big odds. As they say someday chicken, someday feathers. Its been the ladder for this son of TARRASQUE who’s been unplaced in just 4 starts at 3. He has had a 4 week freshening, hoping to capture that magic he had last season in yet another big spot. He’s won twice at this 12F trip, but we’ll need to see which dragon shows up to determine how much of a factor he is.

#3 PHUTURE PHAROAH

I keep waiting for this runner to get out of his own way and win one of these Triple Crown races, but he’s disappointed thus far in both previous legs. While the leg 1 race was encouraging he was a complete no-show last week in the Virtual Preakness finishing 7th. Its important to note, that the 10F trip was by far his worst trip having never been involved at any stage. He draws the problematic 3 post, and appears to be well out of his element going this distance.  I like the jock switch back to Bejarano who usually gives a patient ride at this distance.

#4 TNTSTOLEFROMSHANNON

Leading conditioner TNT sends out the Juvenile Route Champion for the second time this Triple Crown series. In the Digital Derby leg 1 she was used hard from her outside post trying to get the lead, but faded after a half to be 11th. She’s been facing divisional foes in hopes of getting her elusive 3 YO win. She just raced on America’s birthday going 12F and I wonder how fit she can be after just two days of rest. Hard to trust for top honors with the 0 for 12 start to her sophomore campaign, but can be a factor in the minor board placings if she’s at full strength.

#5 YATTA YATTA

Another horse who’s burned plenty of money at the windows this Triple Crown series, while handicappers have played the “rebound”. He was a sure winner in the Digital Derby until fading to 5th in deep stretch. Last week he was a well beaten 8th and last after racing further off the pace this time in hopes of conserving something for the lane. The once consistent gelding has now dropped his last 5 decisions, most of which, displeasing to the eye. In a field of stetch-outs and others in poor form, he might just be the best option to grab the lead and not look back. My tepid top choice.

#6 GOOD LOOKING FACE

A familiar “face” in this series having finished ITM in both previous legs. Last week’s 10F Virtual Preakness, appeared to be his “amends race” given his running style and affinity for the marathon distances. He received the solid pace up front to make his late run, but no one challenged the free-wheeling leader and LOCK N LOAD held well clear. He’s been the most consistent of any of tonight’s runners and someone I struggled with leaving out of the top spot. My concern is the lack of pace with just 6 other starters and how far back he may be when they start turning from home. My 2nd choice.

#7 LONENEEDEDHIMLASTYR

The 2nd of the two TNT-owned entry and another who’s had trouble finding that consistency they relished as a juvenile over to their 3 YO season. He’s gone a bit better of late since starting the season in an 0 for 10 slide. He’s always been a tough customer at this 12F trip and the outside post should help him relax and settle into stride. He’s back in with homebreds tonight, but appears to be the best of the rest and my 3rd choice.

Picks: 5, 6, 7 

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Last week the BlueChip Farms trainee GOTCHA BABY took Jewel 1, with a powerful turn of foot in the middle of the race track to outfinish GOOD LOOKING FACE and PHUTURE PHAROAH to the wire. It was a surprise result for top honors with digitaldowns handicappers omitting the crafty create from post 12 on all tickets.

This leg 2 we have 5 horses returning from leg 1 including the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 10th place finishers, along with 3 new “shooters” looking to pave their own Triple Crown path. While we did have a few defections from the Triple Crown trail last week, the 10F trip of leg 2 historically favors the seasoned Classic and Route horses, leaving the off-the-board sprinters in leg 1 looking for a better spot.

The crafty create bred gelding GOTCHA BABY marches on from his leg 1 triumph in hopes of becoming just the 2nd horse in digitaldowns.us history to sweep the Triple Crown Series. Only the legendary HOF race mare SHEZA TROLL was able to complete the sweep several seasons ago. Tonight we find out if history will be on the line in leg 3 or will another horse claim their own piece of Triple Crown glory. Let’s meet the field.

 

#1 SAMURAI WAY

The “light went on” this season for the sophomore colt who improved his win total from just 1 in 8 starts to a 5 – 2 – 1 record in 10 tries as a 3 YO. Despite his inability to get wins as a Juvenile, he still qualified and competed against Champ Classic Conso horses last season although he was off the board in that event. I like his high cruising speed and the way he likes to get involved early. In most races at this distance or longer there is a reluctance to be part of the early pace for fear of having little left in the final furlong. Some can stay the distance while others fall short. He does have a win at this distance 2 back, but that was against just two opponents in a much softer spot than what he’ll face here. The rail will help, but I get the sense he’s a much better horse over the turf, and his improvement this season seems to have reflected that.

#2 YATTA YATTA

Perhaps the only thing more shocking than the near last to first charge from GOTCHA BABY in post 12 last week was the way this Trunoble homebred gave way in the lane after setting what I thought for him was a manageable pace. The gelding looks to get back on the beam tonight and atone for last week’s puzzler. For a horse who’s competed and won with regularity at the Sprint and Classic distances as a juvenile this 10F trip may not have been the most logical of spots for him this season. His HOF conditioner successfully stretched-out this budding star to a route campaign that led to a 3 of 4 record against Champ Route Qualifiers. He’s drawn inside and given his previous 10F races and disappointing effort last week I fully expect him to be on the lead again. Can he hold the lead in the final stages this time? Or will he continue to burn mutual tickets this time a lukewarm 3rd choice? My guess is he get’s caught late. My 2nd choice.

#3 LOCK N LOAD

This regally bred filly is a new “shooter” to the Triple Crown trail having missed the Digital Derby last week. The Royal Oaks trainee has been a productive runner again this season for Steve, adding 2 more wins to boost her total to 5 out of 10 lifetime starts. She’s been delicately handled throughout her career not only with the limited resume, but with the company she keeps. She’s handled division/allowance types very well and only recently faced Champ Classic Qualifier foes finishing 2nd. She’s never ventured this far before and has been strictly a mile type horse in her short career. I want to like this horse, but have some real concerns with her ability to rate, given she’s been on or just off the pace in shorter races. My gut tells me the post and the speed from her rivals on the inside make it a difficult trip for her.

#4 GOOD LOOKING FACE

Was confidentially handled last week just off the pace in 4th two lengths back early, he road the rail that day and had plenty left in the tank before being produced in the final sixteenth, but his supporters and connections were left wanting as he was outfinished by the classy create on the grandstand side. There was no shame in his performance and the fact he gets 2 more furlongs to work with will only help his chances. As mentioned above there is good speed to his inside, leaving him what I think should be a nice ground saving journey in mid pack. I like the horse, but he’s hard to trust for top honors given his 0 for 5 record at the distance. My third choice.

#5 SHANDONG DJ DRAGON

Didn’t run a step last week and ended up finishing 10th of 12 in what turned out to be a very dull effort. SDD is another in the field who’s an unknown at tonight’s 10F trip having never raced further than 9F before. Why I ended up picking her 2nd last week was the fact her connections put a sharp 2:03.89 drill leading up to this series. Most importantly she gets the jock change back to Sutherland who has ridden her to 3 wins already this season. She has every right to improve here and make amends for her no show last week. My top choice and longshot to get off the deck in leg 2!

#6 GOTCHA BABY

Was left off punter’s tickets last week given the poor 12 post and the stiff homebred competition. Who the hell plays a 12-1 anyways in the gimmicks? lol? This horse was 6 or 7 wide at the eighth pole with a journeyman jockey and ran down several tough rivals at the wire for a very impressive performance. This gelding is another who’s never been beyond 9F and his 10F drill to prepare for this series was not nearly as good as his stablemate’s which does give me pause for his chances to capture leg 2. There are a few forward types to the inside to setup his late run, but I think he’s vulnerable at this distance.

#7 STOVOKOR

Speedy create gelding is the last new shooter in the field and first Triple Crown entry for improving stable Chrisman. He’s looking for his first win at 3 and has been facing stakes quality creates finishing 2nd last out to rising star FISHING IN THE DARK who finished 2nd a few days ago in the 30K entry Greek Derby. He’s faced open company before and has had good success, but I wonder how compromised he’ll be if attempts to go to the front from the outside. Has to show different dimension for a podium spot.

#8 PHUTURE PHAROAH

Was toiling in eleventh at each call, before producing a furious, yet belated rally to be third last week. Despite the bronze medal, the “sharps” have installed him as the 3/1 favorite in the betting for leg 2. The 3rd and final entry for Royal Oaks is his most promising, but is also another horse in the field without a 10F race. His running style will be flattered if his entrymate to his immediate left also goes forward, but gives this handicapper at heart very little “meat on the bone” at the windows. Has every chance to hit the ticket, but was the odd horse out.

Picks: 5, 2, 4 

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Last season TEMPLE OF SAKKARA took 2 jewels of the Triple Crown and just missed the sweep, when denied by PERSONAL INJURY in leg 2. This season the DD admin in hopes of attracting fuller fields for each leg, has mixed the sexes for this season’s preeminent event. A full field of 12, 6 colts and 6 fillies pack the gate tomorrow night in hopes of capturing the first jewel and continuing onward for a chance at sweeping the series and earning a sizable bonus. Let’s meet the field.

 

#1 GOOD LOOKING FACE

Sophomore gelding is lightly raced, but this 3 YO son of HEY GOOD LOOKING is well meant when sent to post, placing in the top 2 in 8 of his 12 starts. Bettors may be looking for the “horse for course” in a spot such as this one, but perhaps a “horse for distance” may be the real reason to use this horse in your exotics. This Burky trainee is undefeated in 3 starts at tonight’s 1 mile distance, including an impressive tally as a juvenile for his conditioner’s namesake race last season. He’s drawn inside again, a spot he seems to excel with especially at this distance. He enjoys sitting back and saving all the ground before he makes his late run. The 1 mile distance is a quirky one, with many trainers electing to sit off the pace to avoid losing more ground around each sweeping turn. If he get’s the pace upfront his numbers are good enough for a podium spot.

#2 SHANDONG DJ DRAGON

This BlueChip Farms create filly has been awesome again this season, capturing the Mystic Mile stakes in early May and besting Champ Classic Qualifier foes 3 other times. The 4th place finisher in last season’s Juvenile Champ Classic Final against homebreds, looks for her 2nd stakes victory in as many tries this season.  Her connections seem to be pointing for a long Triple Crown run with freakishly easy 10F move in 2:03.89 just two days ago! I’m sure her connections would have preferred a post towards the middle or the outside to best setup her late kick, but it’s hard not to like her chances for top honors. My 2nd choice.

#3 TARYNSFINALPRESENT

Well bred sophomore began his 3 YO campaign with a stylish win in the 1 mile Digital Downs Daily stakes. Since that near last to 1st triumph up the fence, he’s struggled making an impression against division and champ qualifier foes. The Juvenile Sprint Champion appears to be more comfortable against sprinters, but perhaps the extra distance tonight reverses the form he’s been in for much of the season. A difficult 3 post assignment leaves him off my tickets.

#4 EXCELSIOR (NY)

The stablemate to the imposing TABOO TOO is still eligible for the N2L condition in 21 starts. The Good: despite this runner’s inability to get the victories, this runner has managed to earn nearly 85Kc for his connections all while facing good company. The Bad: He’s 0 for 8 lifetime at a flat mile, finishing 2nd only twice. The Ugly: His last 5 starts at the classic and route distances have been depressing, beating only 1 horse to the wire in 5 starts. He does have a bit of speed and appears to be the “pace casualty” for his aforementioned stablemate.

#5 KING G’S FAN CLUB

Yours truly has this 3 YO daughter of MAN 0 WAR ambitiously spotted tonight, but her form has been good this season, including a win against Champ Route qualifier foes. The concern here is the cut back in distance to 8F. A cursory glance over her pps will show she loves 10F, having never finished off the board in 7 starts. Her lone mile journey was at the beginning of the season in the Mystic Mile where she finished 5th. She wasn’t disgraced that day and considering she was breaking from the 3 hole and denied the lead I thought it was a big race. Needs a bit of luck against this group of accomplished classic horses, but if she gets the lead watch out.

#6 TRISTESSA

Buddha Farms homebred has been solid for her connections again this season, winning 3 races in 7 outs and placing in 3 others. Much of her success of late can be attributed to the change in race tactics employed by her trainer. She’s broken more alertly this season and has raced on or just off the early pace leading to wins and places. Something she wasn’t doing enough of in her 1-15 juvenile season. The bronze medalist in last season’s Juvenile Champ Classic Final has a chance tonight, but must remain close to the pace for a shot.

#7 PHUTURE PHAROAH

Season 34 leading conditioner sends out this well bred daughter OF ANCIENT NOBILITY for this one mile test. This photogenic 3 YO has won 5 times in 13 starts and has only missed the board in 3 starts. She’s been nurtured along much of her career facing allowance and mid level claimer foes, but when produced against Champ Classic qualifiers the past month and a half of the season, she’s passed the class test with a win and a second from 4 starts.  Her last two races I’m going to forgive as it appeared she was a bit too keen to go on from her rail position draw causing her to fade in the late stages. Her better races are drawn wide, as she is tonight, where she’s been given a chance to relax early then make one run late. I’m going with the streaking trainer and making her my top choice.

#8 YATTA YATTA

Sophomore gelding has been a win machine for his HOF conditioner, racking up 13 victories in just 19 outs. Its amazing, but he has as many wins as others in this race have starts. What I really like about this horse other than his nose for the wire is his versatility. The Juvenile Classic Champion last season closed from 12th and last to be first at the wire, has also shown he can win on or just off the pace this year. I’m wondering if he’ll sit back off the pace or if he’ll be sent. I like him for 3rd.

#9 TABOO TOO

I made a mistake last season leaving this Metro Stables homebred off my tickets in the Champ Sprint Finals last season and she responded by closing from the parking lot to be up in time at the wire. She’s the most experienced runner in the race outside of the TNT trained TARYNSFINALPRESENT in gate 3. Her form has declined since her championship winning performance last April. It appears she only races by “appointment” only with just 4 starts so far at 3. As mentioned earlier her connections also have a lesser fancied runner in here who has a bit of early speed. The question is will that 15Kc gamble pay off. Would prefer if was in better form.

#10 TNTSTOLEFROMSHANNON

Denied yours truly his first championship last season gunning down fellow entrymate KING G’S FAN CLUB in the final jumps to take the Juvenile Route Championship. This season at 3 she’s had a more humbling experience, failing to win in 9 starts so far this season. While not disgraced by any means, she’s finished in the money in 5 of those starts. She was a close 2nd earlier this season in the Mystic Mile and just finished 2nd in 9F turf event. She hasn’t yet shown she can win going shorter than 10F, but I think fits as a strong underneath player.

#11 MIXMASTER ORB

Was a private purchase for her current connections at some point last April. Since the transfer of barns she’s earned nearly 74Kc in 10 tries this season. She’s been campaigned as more of a sprinter this season, something she did rather well early on to start her career, but was stretched out and lured by the bigger purse money. Interestingly, 2 of her 3 wins this season have been at the classic distances. I would like to see her get back to showing early speed again. While she’s been successful at times from off the pace, I think her high cruising speed puts her in a better spot to win. With tonight’s #11 post I think her connections don’t have much of a choice.

#12 GOTCHA BABY

The 2nd BlueChip Farm entry is also a create, this one the less accomplished gelding. He’s been brilliant enough to defeat homebreds on the biggest stage, winning the Juvenile Classic Conso last season at 7F. He’s again faced homebreds, this his 3 YO campaign and did manage a win against Champ Classic qualifiers last month. As impressive as his resume is, the extreme outside post and the fact he’s never won past 7F is too much to ignore.

 

Picks: 7, 2, 8 

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The big money sprint finals are finally here! We have 12 3 YO + fillies set to battle for 5F for the ultimate prize. The winner will get the lion’s share of 288,000Kc. It was a long journey for these horses to get the necessary points to make it into the big money finals. Amazing job by the connections to get to this point. Let’s take a closer look at the field.

 

#1 BATS IN THE BELFREY

Her connections finally broke through in the Route Champ series last week and the pressure to secure his first championship is now over. This lightly raced sophomore filly has been on the bench much of this season and hasn’t been seen since her powerful stretch-running 2nd in late January that was good enough to qualify for tonight’s finals. One has to wonder why she’s been off nearly 3 months and has just two starts this season. She qualified for the Juvenile Champ Sprint final, but had plenty of issues navigating her extreme outside post to finish a well beaten 11th. She draws the rail tonight and both of her career wins have been at this distance. Despite those positives in her favor she figures to be an outsider for a podium spot.

#2 CATCH THE RHYTHM 

Another lightly raced sophomore she has just 4 starts this season, with two of them coming against this group. She did finish nicely last out to be 3rd, but saved all the ground in that event when breaking from the rail. The bronze medalist in the Juvenile Champ final last season has yet to win a 5F race and despite another advantageous post draw she’ll likely need to take a big step forward to medal again.

#3 TROLLED MINE

Picked up two wins this season in a limited capacity as her connections laid off the gas in the last half of the season. The regally bred filly captured a 5F event against this group wiring the field impressively in 57.86. She’ll be breaking from the 3 gate, however, and loses the services of some of the top pilots this season. One wonders if she’ll be sent early or will be taken back. All 4 of her lifetime wins were wire jobs so the feeling is she may get hooked up early in what should be a sizzling pace.

#4 FAMILY TRADITIONS

Has a regular schedule this season racing 16 times, but up to this point has only managed 2 wins. The silver medalist in last season’s Juvenile Sprint Champ Final had attempted to qualify for the Class Final later this month, but was rebuffed by those foes in her most recent starts. If she can muster another big effort she had in last season’s final she could place here, but the cut back to 5F is a concern as her running style is more in line with a one run miler than a 5F sprinter. I like the 5F prep race she won last out, but the final time came back softer than what will be needed here.

#5 CARELESS MARIA

Saw her career earnings mark soar past 300Kc this season, collecting 4 wins and a half dozen places. Her connections have been high on this filly since she hit the track last winter and she’s been solid for him in most of her starts. The 5F distance does strike me as a bit short for her stalking and closing talents, but she does have some tactical speed to lay close from this post to perhaps find a nice spot to tuck into. Has a shot for the podium if she makes an early run. My 3rd choice

#6 HENSTER

The full sister to 3 YO HOY and multiple graded stakes champion STRATSTER has found this racing thing more of a challenge than her famous sibling recording just 1 win in 14 career trips to the track. Despite the perceived willingness to finish the job she did place twice in 4 gos against this group earlier this season. Needs to take a big step forward tonight for a slice.

#7 CC STREAKER

Was a bargain claim for 20K earlier this winter after she ripped off 10 wins in her first 12 starts! All the while doing this against mostly homebreds instead of creates makes her career to this point all the more impressive. The sophomore 4F DASH Champion has been less dominate the last half of the season, but has blitzed this group with her speed twice already at tonight’s distance. I would of preferred a more inside draw for her, but she’s the speed of the speed and figures to take them a long way. My top choice.

#8 BEAM

4 YO finally got win #8 after a long drought of 14 races without a picture taken. That last race was dynamite closing from far off the early pace to just get up by a head to record a 99 speed figure. She was the superfecta filler in last season’s 3 YO Champ Sprint Final employing a similar move. One has to wonder if she can duplicate that big effort again for a better placing than last season. Should contend for the minors once again.

#9 BABYLON

Has had another solid season for her veteran conditioner capturing 3 more wins and just over 103Kc for her 4 YO season. Her race 2 back in the Classic Qualifiers was as impressive a race I’ve seen all season long. She broke from the extreme outside stall, rushed up to the lead and held safe in a swift 1:21.37 7F. She looks like a strong contender in the Classic Finals given that performance, but is no slouch in these finals despite the cutback in distance. While she doesn’t have nearly as much speed as CC STREAKER to he inside, she does have enough tactical speed as evidenced with that resounding win, to be part of the early going. My 2nd choice to be right there at the wire.

#10 LEVERAGED

Has taken a step back the past two season since her successful juvenile campaign. The lightly raced runner has only been out 4 times this season and has been put away for nearly 3 months. Her best finish this season against this group was a non-descript 5th place effort closing from far back. She’s done no favors with the outside draw and figures to be a touch better over the turf.

#11 TAYLORHITTHEHAMMER

This race warrior is making her 73rd start this evening, a significant experience edge over the rest of the field. Her earnings this season eclipsed the 750Kc mark after she banked nearly 181Kc in 22 outs. Her best result last season in all 3 of the finals she qualified for was this event, chasing the extremely hot pace of SMACK A BOOTIE to be a distant 3rd that day. She draws poorly tonight and gets less distance than I think her best run would allow, but she has enough early speed to perhaps tuck into the first or second flight of horses. Podium contender, but would need a perfect trip.

#12 BLOOD THIRSTY

Silver medalist last week in the Champ Route Finals after showing some late interest splitting horses to be beaten a neck. She get much less ground to cover and a horrendous post draw. She has, however, run 2nd to my top choice earlier this season at 5F albeit a distant 2nd from an outside post. Has just one win in 11 outs, but is a strong player underneath given her form this season.

 

Picks: 7, 9, 5 

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The big money sprint finals are finally here! We have 11 3 YO + Colts set to battle for 5F for the ultimate prize. The winner will get the lion’s share of 416,800Kc. It was a long journey for these colts to get the necessary points to make it into the big money finals. Amazing job by the connections to get to this point. Let’s take a closer look at some of the contenders.

 

#1 FIRE BULL

4 YO gelding began the season bumping heads with midlevel claimers before having his breakout performance over the Belmont grass wiring a nice field in a sizzling 107.98 missing the track record by 8 tenths of a second. After that performance he’s held his own against this group winning 2 of his 7 tries and placing in another. He draw well tonight, and good thing he did as he’s not quite as comfortable breaking from the outside stalls having finished off the board in most of those starts. I’m not sure he has enough speed to be clear on the lead at this distance, but he’s a good price shot to figure in the placings if he can run back to any of his gaudy speed figures this season.

#2 ROGER THE ALIEN

Has been withdrawn

#3 SHAIREWINSCONTESTOO

Colt collected 7 more wins to his already large total this season to bank more then 214Kc in a successful sophomore campaign. He’s dual qualified for the Class Champ final given his form this season and figures to be a strong contender in those finals as well. His game I think is at those classic distances, but he’s finished ITM in 2 of his 4 starts with this group. The 5F distance is going to be a big ask for top honors, but with the defection to his inside the troublesome 3 hole is no more. Underneath player with the right off the pace trip.

#4 TEMPLE OF SAKKARA

Potential HOY candidate really turned it on the last half of the season, piecing together an almost perfect Triple Crown run, taking two jewels and placing in the other. He answered a lot of questions about his ability to run longer distances and his affinity for the dirt course. His last two efforts leading into the finals were poor, but were hampered by outside posts causing him to race a bit further off the pace then he would like. He has the speed to break out with the top flight here and should loom large if he doesn’t have to battle early.

#5 GOLDEN CROSS

Qualified for all 3 Champ finals last season, but was held off the scoresheet as an also ran in each. The now 4 YO colt looks to make amends for last season in this spot after having a solid season with 5 wins and nearly 197Kc in earnings. He’s at his best I think going a bit farther, but is classy enough to get a slice with the right pace up front. Seems to be a bit better over the turf course and for that reason he’ll be more of an underneath contender.

#6 TARYNWINSG’SRACE

Has been a win machine this season in another HOY type campaign for him. He’s 10 strong victories to his already lofty total and banked nearly 295Kc for his 4 YO season. Tough as nails when he’s up front and difficult to outfinish he’s poised for another big time performance. He’s razor sharp right now winning 4 of his last 5 races and a strong favorite to grab the hardware in the Classic finals later this month. He typically rates off the pace when breaking from a middle post such as this one and should figure into the decision when the late running begins. My top choice.

#7 FLAMING MAD FAD

4 YO gelding has in a limited role this season, been impressive this finishing ITM in all 6 of his starts. He’s only won once this season, but has never been out of the tri in 4 outs with this group. As impressive as his allowance score was 3 back traveling this same 5F distance, he’s still just 2 for 23 in his career and seems to have trouble putting away his competition while in deep stretch. He definitely belongs with this group, but doesn’t instill the confidence as others do for top honors. A must use in your exotics.

#8 NOBLE DOC

Lightly raced sophomore gelding punched his ticket into the finals with an impressive 3 race campaign that saw him finish ITM all 3 times including one victory. His race 3 back was amazing breaking from the very same post he has tonight, sitting just off the early leaders and powering by late to record a 100 speed figure. He missed the track record that day by 5 tenths and showed this guy is well meant in this spot. He doesn’t have the resume as many others in this field, but I have a feeling he’ll run big tonight. My 2nd choice.

#9 BOOTIE HUNTER

Lightly raced for a 4 YO, but this create has successfully battled homebreds throughout his career including a sneaky good 4th in last seasons Champ Sprint Final from a difficult draw. He’s collected two wins against this group in a season that’s been race by “appointment” only. Nevertheless, he’s going to get a nice pace setup tonight, but I think may be up against it for the top spot.

#10 KINGMAN

The now 5 YO juvenile Sprint Champion was another from the Foggydan Barn that took a less aggressive approach this season with just 8 starts. The near 750Kc winning champion showed he still has a lot more running to do winning 3 times and setting the track record over this very track earlier this season. He’ll need to float away from the outside tonight, but as we’ve seen many times before his closing kick is a powerful one. My third choice.

#11 STINKY STEVEN

The reigning Juvenile Sprint Champion collected 3 wins in 18 starts this season, but did bank nearly 95Kc for his connections hitting the board eleven other times. He’s been facing softer midlevel claimers leading up to this and would appear to have lost a step this season. I’ll be the first to admit he was a complete surprise last season winning the finals at 6F, but he just kept finding on the lead. This is, however, a new season and a much different post assignment than the rail draw he received last season. His biggest weapon, his early speed with be compromised with the outside draw against this salty group.

#12 THIS IS THE PROPHECY

4 YO colt collected 3 more wins this season to soar his career earnings past the 500Kc mark. He’s been in a tail spin of late finishing out of the money in each of his 5 starts in March. He seems to be a bit strong over the turf and win the difficult post draw he’ll have his work cutout for him.

 

Picks: 6, 8, 10

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The big money sprint finals are finally here! We have a eleven 2 YO fillies set to battle for 5F for the ultimate prize. The winner will get the lion’s share of 282,400Kc! It was a long journey for these 2 YOs to get the necessary points to make it into the big money finals. Amazing job by the connections to get to this point. Let’s take a closer look at the field.

 

#1 TAYLORHADAFLUSH

Won two qualifiers this season for a solid freshman campaign. She’s been out of the money in her last six starts as she’s attempted to qualify for the Classic Champ finals and defeat allowance foes. Her dirt form is good and she has a bit of speed to use from her rail position so she does have a chance, but this is a tough field. Looks more of an underneath candidate to me.

#2 BULLY BEEF

Filly has been very impressive this season winning 6 of her 8 races while only missing the board once. She’s defeated this group in each of her two starts, once at 5 panels and the other at 6. She’s also showed some versatility this season, coming from off the pace or racing on it. Her speed figures rate with the other top contenders in this field and she drew a nice post. Interestingly she will be ridden by Moore, who’s yet to win on this photogenic filly albeit in just one start over the 6 for 7 Bejarano. My 2nd choice.

#3 TEMPLE MOUNT

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#4 HEMOGLOBIN

Solid freshman campaign winning 3 times and hitting the board in 2/3’s of her starts. She’s blessed with tremendous early speed setting the half in 44.50 on several occasions on her way victory or a minor board spot. Her last tuneup for this race was good, but despite the rail draw and the hot pace she was only able to muster a distant 3rd. Her maiden score was her only wire to wire performance so I’ll prefer this one to relax a bit up front and try to make a late move. Battles for minors here with the right trip.

#5 SECRET AGENT GIRL

Already racked up 5 wins this season in her juvenile bow, something not uncommon for an Orb Farms trainee this early in a career, but impressive nevertheless. She’s more of a mid-pack stalker in her races, but has successfully wired the field as long as a mile before. I do have some reservations about her. I would of liked to see more experience at tonight’s 5F distance as so far she’s had just the 1 start, a distant 3rd in a field of 4. Her turf resume is outstanding a perfect 4-4, whereas her dirt record is 1-6. More of an underneath player to me based on those factors.

#6 TIGRESS OF WAR

Was brought along the Champ series road methodically by her HOF connections facing allowance foes for the first 3 months of the season, before facing this group twice. She’s only been out of the money twice in 14 starts, and has won 3 times against winners making her a pretty solid filly. She qualified tonight off the strength of a runnerup finish to TORNADO WARNING who nearly broke the track record at Santa Anita earlier this month. Likely needs to move forward off that effort to contend for top honors, but yet another contender for the minors.

#7 TABOO TOO

Has had a solid, but up and down season for her freshman campaign winning 5 times in 21 starts and banking a staggering 241Kc for her connections. She’s also qualified for the Champ Classic final given her talents in that series. She had just 3 starts at 5F thus far and was only to be in the money in one of them. More of a classic type given her preferred running style and recent form. She’s been facing tough foes all season long, but the cutback to 5F gives her podium chances a bit hit.

#8 TORNADO WARNING

Showed her class on debut, winning a salty chatroom event before taking on stakes and qualifier foes later on in the season. She tried her had at the route distances in the middle part of the season, but was left wanting aside from a nice runner up finish in the 8F FOY stake. She has a devastating turn of foot as evidenced by her near record time of 57.57 last out in what I think will turn out to be the key race. She’s 2 for 3 over the new track and looks poised for another big effort with the speed signed up for this one. My top choice.

#9 TRISTESSA

Well bred filly has been active this season, running in all 3 divisions of qualifiers to begin her career. She’s just 1 for 13, however, and you’d have to go back to her track record debut back in February against Champ Classic foes to find that win. She’s qualified for the Classic final later this month off the strength of that victory and another minor board spot. Needless to say her talents and early speed are best harnessed over more ground for her best run. Her lone 5F try was the key race I mentioned earlier regarding my top choice. She was badly outrun early, but did pass a couple of tired foes in the lane. I’ll wait for the Classic finals for this runner.

#10 TARYNFOUNDAFLUSH

Another that’s dual qualified for the Classic final given her form this season. She’s won 5 times in 16 tries and banked nearly 110Kc in her brief career. She been struggling a bit this last half of the season, failing to hit the ticket in her last 5 outs. My biggest concern with her is all 5 of her lifetime wins came within her first 6 starts of her career and she’s hit the board just 3 times since then. She’s another I’d like to see in the Classic Final, especially with the wide post draw in this deep field.

#11 ADDICT TO WHISPERS

Lightly raced King G trainee enters tonight light on experience and with a difficult post assignment. She qualified for this event closing from 10th and last to be a late 3rd against this group at 6F. Her other two efforts against these foes were at 5F, but she was badly outrun in both of those starts. Has to improve.

#12 TARYNGETSTHETROPHY

As with most TNT runners on the Champ trail she’s faced quality foes early and often. Her best races have been at the longer classic distances and would probably like to tack on a couple of extra panels for tonight’s contest. She does have a runner up finish against this group, but it was a distant 2nd to a runaway winner in a short field. Her dirt resume is poor, winless in 8 starts with just two ITM finishes; that coupled with the extreme outside draw and the waters appear to be too deep to overcome.

 

Picks: 8, 2, 1

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The big money sprint finals are finally here! We have a dozen 2 YO Colts/Geldings set to battle for 5F for the ultimate prize. The winner will get the lion’s share of 296,400Kc! It was a long journey for these 2 YOs to get the necessary points to make it into the big money finals. Amazing job by the connections to get to this point. Let’s take a closer look at the field.

 

#1 MARTIAL LAW ERA

Lightly raced juvy has been extremely impressive in limited sample size. Just two races to glance over and its obvious he has a nice stretch kick and nose for the wire. He’s faced winners first out earning a 98 speed fig, then repeated the same devastating closing kick against this group to earn a 99 speed fig to punch his ticket into the finals. One wonders if he’ll need the same 44.50 half to make his run, however early morning works suggest he has the ability to be more forwardly placed should his connections choose at this 5F trip. Strong contender if he fires anything close to his first two. My top choice.

#2 THE ROCK ERA

Started out strong winning his first two races, including a Champ Sprint Qualifier, but has seen that form muddied since the season progressed. His recent efforts near the lead have been poor, but he seems to have a decent enough closing kick when he’s allowed to relax to perhaps figure underneath. He’s been sporadically campaigned the past two months, and would likely need a race in this spot to be a factor.

#3 CHRYSTAL HAWK

Consistently hit the board against this group in an early campaign to qualify for tonight’s finals. While he achieved the runners up check in 3 of his 5 outs against this level he’s only beaten allowance foes to this point. The cutback to 5F and a troublesome 3 post to negotiate and its hard to envision a trip that yields a podium spot.

#4 LUCKY PROSPECTOR

Enters tonight off a dismal last place finish against first level allowance foes. While that race was poor to say the least, it was good that his connections found a nice 5F prep to enter after being away from the races nearly a month. His running style, although he’s won a 4F dash before would suggest more ground is needed. Aside from a rail run early on in qualifying he’s been beaten by open lengths in each of his next 5F starts. The lack of early speed types to his inside has me worried he’ll have trouble settling into stride and finding a decent spot.

#5 ORB, THIS ONE STAYS!

Was a nice 35Kc claim for his current outfit last month after he showed some talent early on running with this group for a minor placing. He’s taken a bit more time than others to mature, but has progressed well enough to win 3 straight albeit against softer foes. My biggest concern with him is tonight’s dirt surface, a surface he’s yet to win on in 4 outs, including a poor showing last out in a short field of 4. Ideally he probably wants to go a bit further, perhaps into the classic distances of 7-9F with his running style. Plenty of talent here, but his longterm future may be over the turf.

#6 JUDD’S XTRA HEAT

Has been a handy sort hitting the board in 9 of 12 starts this season including 5 wins. He’s successfully won from 4-7 panels this season, including winning the 4F Dash Conso last month. A tough ask for any horse especially a juvenile. His early success this season was done on the lead, wiring 4 straight fields against softer before taking the plunge into stakes and qualifier company. Amazingly, he has several foes to his inside that prefer to give ground early, so there may be a chance for him to make the front if he’s ridden aggressively again. Since the class hike, however, he’s had trouble being part of the early going and has seen his effectiveness become less consistent. He’s only managed a couple of distant thirds against this level, so we’ll need to see some improvement if he plans on getting a slice of tonight’s purse.

#7 CARELESS MOONRAKER

Pace a plenty with this colt, as he’s dashed off to mid 44 second half a few times already this season. This regally bred BlueChip Farms trainee has won 4 times out of 12 and banked just over 82Kc in his freshman campaign. All 4 of his career tallies have come at tonight’s 5F distance, a talent and experience edge he has over many of his opponents. As mentioned earlier, his high cruising speed is his best asset as he figures to be up on the early pace even from his wide draw. I’m a bit concerned about his dirt form (1-7) but there does seem to be a few excuses (4F Dashes) that i’m willing to throw out. Podium contender.

#8 TARYNSFINALPRESENT

He took till start number 6 to break his maiden this season, something uncharacteristic for a regally bred horse with two HOF, millionaire (dad likely joins mom in HOF soon) winning parents. I really like the race selection and path they chose for this horse, patiently allowing him to break his maiden against MSW foes, then a start against allowance foes in which he ran a close 2nd, missing by only a neck before facing qualifier foes. The light bulb must of went on as he defeated both Sprint and Classic qualifier foes in his next two starts. After seeing his form sour in the month of February, he’s gotten back on the beam with a win and a few minor placings last month. The concern with this horse is the short 5F journey tonight as his preferred running style (one run deep closer) is similar to most in this field. He fits on class and has a good dirt resume, but likely encounters traffic trouble given what little pace is signed on to his inside.

#9 THREE T’S ROCK

Another nicely bred colt here, enters tonight final off the strength of one 2nd place finish back in February against this group. He sat mid-pack that day and just missed the top prize by a long neck. He’s another that prefers to sit far off the early pace to make one run late, although in his most recent start he did wire a 1st level allowance group going 6F. The concern with him, as with most of his opponents is tonight’s short 5F distance and his preferred running style. He doesn’t have much of a resume against this group, but is entering this race in good form winning 2 of his last 3 races. His lone 5F try was a strong closing 3rd, but he likely needs to move forward off his last to place here.

#10 BEST COMBO

The 4th and final Foggydan Farms charge to qualify for tonight’s final, this one wasn’t as fortunate as his stablemates and received a much more difficult draw to break from however. The lightly raced homebred has been out only 4 times this season, getting a late start to the races debuting in late February. The precocious type, he won on debut closing impressively down the lane against this group to record a 98 speed figure for 6F. His subsequent starts against allowance foes he found more of a challenge, but he did manage 2 minor board placings in those 3 starts. It’s hard to gauge his class level off just 4 starts, but I think he fits well with this group. He set the pace by 3 lengths in his 2nd start in 44.68, something difficult to do much less at 7F. He’s making his dirt debut tonight, but given his works over the surface I think he should handle it just fine. Top contender with the right trip.

#11 SHAIRECOOKEDSOMEHASH

Been feast of famine for this runner of late, winning or running off the ticket completely in his last 4 outs. There’s no question who the fastest 5F horse in this field is, given his speed figs and 57.70 times. What is of concern is the extreme outside post, a post he’s run well from before, but never won at. Outside of the #7 horse, the rest of the speed lies to his inside and outside, I’m wondering how much fuel he’ll burn if he’s set on making the front end again. Interestingly, Bejarano has the call tonight perhaps hinting this runner may be asked to settle and float away off the pace this time. My 3rd choice.

#12 ORB, INC.

Never worse than 2nd in 6 career races he’s shown a gritty and tough mindset about him when the hard running begins. One of the speediest runners in the field he’ll likely battle his entrymate to his immediate left in the early going for the lead. He lost to that foe two back while taking the worst of it from a difficult post draw, but did outfinish SHAIRECOOKEDSOMEHASH three races back when he again, broke from a less than ideal post. The rubber match is tonight and I’m wondering if the battle makes them both lose the war. I like this one’s ability to “box” on longer through the lane. My 2nd choice.

Picks: 1, 12, 11 

 

 

 

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The big money route finals are finally here! We have a dozen 2 YO fillies set to battle for 10F for the ultimate prize. The winner will get the lion’s share of 310,400Kc. It was a long journey for these 2 YOs to get the necessary points to make it into the big money finals. Amazing job by the connections to get to this point. Let’s take a closer look at the field.

 

#1 WOOLLY X TROLL

Broke her maiden in start number 5 against winners and pretty competitive against this group since. She’s been able to stretch her natural speed all the way out to 11F which is pretty impressive considering her sharp workouts earlier this season. She’s been facing 1st level allowance foes much of the past two months before clearing that condition in her last start 3 weeks ago. Her 10F trips have been on par with this group, and if she can sit midpack and save ground from the rail she has a good chance to be part of the gimmicks.

#2 ROCK SOLID POTENTIAL

Alternated facing maidens and Route Qualifiers all season long in an interesting freshman campaign. She came within 2 weeks of entering this race as a maiden herself, until breaking through against the minimum sprinting 6F. Her best race to date was her 2nd place finish to her entrymate above beaten only a length. The race was on the newer Santa Anita surface which has been quirky with respect to its recording of speed figures after the race. She has a nice post to work with, but has a tall order against this group.

#3 SIVA

Nicely bred filly enters tonight off a nice 3rd place finish against this group last out. I like the fact she’s won 2 of her 4 tries at the distance and has put up strong times just south of 2:03. What does concern me aside from the post is her running style and the race possibly not having enough speed signed on to setup her one-run closing style. Figures to be at the mercy of the pace.

#4 ZOOEY ELF

Broke her maiden on debut like a good thing, rallying from near last and making up 6 lengths in the stretch to win going away. It was a wildly impressive run for the nicely bred filly, but she’s failed to follow up that effort and has seen her form in freefall ever since. Granted she’s had some rough trips, but you start to wonder how far she may really want to go. Would love to see her cut back to longer sprints and classic distances.

#5 HELLENIC

Impressive claim earlier this season for the rock bottom price of 6Kc. She’s really turned a corner for her new connections, besting qualifier foes in her last start after finding it difficult clearing 1st level allowance horses earlier in the season. She was a good 3rd in the Monmouth Stakes at tonight’s distance in early March, but I thought she had all the best of it, but was a short horse. Should get some pace to rundown again giving her another opportunity in the gimmicks, but is she fast enough for the win? I don’t know.

#6 TNTSTOLEFROMSHANNON

There were few more impressive this season than her debut score last month. That day she absolutely toyed with allowance fillies before kicking away powerfully by 6 widening lengths. She would go on to win 2 of her next 5 starts and has yet to be worse than 2nd in her career. She’s a perfect 2 for 2 at tonight’s distance and gets a positive jock switch in my opinion. My choice to get the hardware.

#7 RAINING BLOOD

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Looking nearly unbeatable earlier this season ripping off 3 straight wins to start her career. Since then she’s lost her next 7 contests and has only finished on the board twice. Along with the difficult post draws of late, she’s had trouble passing horses late. Seems she’s been traveling uncomfortably when denied being part of the first flight. Has only run well once when drawn wide in her career. Needs to show that early speed that was such a devastating weapon for her.

#8 THE WAR TROLL

Having a nice season winning 3 times and placing in 5 others for her veteran trainer. Most impressive to me is the fact this juvy has won from 6F all the way to 12F this season. I’m still trying to figure out how she scored in that 12F event against this group after failing to hit the board against the same in her other tries. Her other two wins have been sprinting, leaving me with the thought she may just be a turf freak. Tonight’s contest is on dirt and she’s going to be facing much tougher tonight.

#9 KING G’S FAN CLUB

Finally got revenge last out on my top choice in here TNTSTOLEFROMSHANNON running down the longtime leader late and kicking clear powerfully by 4. She had just missed by the slenderest of margins in their two previous meetings, but she finally stepped up and broke her maiden. She’s still figuring things out and gives away experience to many of her rivals, but I think she figures with these despite the limited resume.

#10 WOODEN SOLDIER

Remarkably consistent this season on her way to 4 wins in 10 outs. She’s never been out of the superfecta in any of her starts and has developed into a strong closer capable of making up any deficit in the lane. Despite her first win, I’m not entirely sure she’s a 10F type horse. That maiden breaking performance at 10 panels was aided by a ridiculously run 45 and 110 fractions that just fell into her lap after those were fried. Talented, but I’m not sure she doesn’t want more ground.

#11 DON’T LEAVE ME NOW

Has been a handful this season keeping healthy and moving forward. What started out as a promising season breaking her maiden on debut, then successfully facing allowance foes and qualifiers has gone off the tracks of late as her soundness issues continue to be a challenge. She’s been worked carefully in hopes of restoring her form, but she’s been running poorly the past 2 months. Needs racing luck with outside gate.

#12 STYLISH HOLIDAY

Has been a personal favorite of mine to watch and follow this season. She boasts the highest earnings in the field just shy of 178Kc and a winner of 4 of 11 races. Her connections also got this one dual qualified for the Classic Champ Final as well given her great form this season. The 10F Monmouth Stakes Victress is looking for her veteran conditioners first championship if she gets the right trip. In most cases the 12 post would be a big negative, but with this horse it isn’t. While never this wide, she has broken from the extreme outside post before and still managed to win. Instilling more confidence in this one’s chances tonight, is the fact she’s never been off the podium running a mile or more. Top contender.

 

Picks: 6, 12, 9, 1

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The big money route finals are finally here! We have a dozen 2 YO colts set to battle for 10F for the ultimate prize. The winner will get the lion’s share of 327,200Kc. It was a long journey for these 2 YOs to get the necessary points to make it into the big money finals. Amazing job by the connections to get to this point. Let’s take a closer look at the field.

 

#1 HEART FULL OF G’S

Has struggled of late to find his best form coming into the finals. The bronze medalist in the 12F Saratoga Classic Stakes has been no better than 5th in qualifiers and would need to improve and get a big of racing luck to factor on the podium. While his speed figures have trended the wrong way he does have a big of late kick to offer should he get enough pace in front. Needs to find more.

#2 LONENEEDEDHIMLASTYR

Rising star this season he’s been mixing it up with both creates and homebreds in his juvenile season. Interestingly, he’s “only” been able to beat homebreds, while against creates he’s only been able to nibble around the top prize. His best turn of foot has been on display in the longer marathon distances of 11 and 12F, however, he did defeat a first level allowance group over the weeds in 2:02.83 at tonight’s distance. He seems to be comfortable anywhere on the track and with his inside foe void of early speed his pilot figures to be racing forwardly tonight. Podium contender.

#3 ROYAL WINNER

Have to go back to opening week to find his first and only win against MSW foes. To his credit he’s faced quality foes all season long, but even his minor board placings in these qualifiers have been of the “distant” variety. He draws the dreaded 3 hole tonight and both of his previous runs from this post have been difficult to overcome; failing to beat any horses in those starts. I would like his chances of coasting up for the minors if we were going longer, but he’s hard to imagine being a factor at tonight’s distance.

#4 TIGER ON THE PROWL

Enter’s tonight’s finals off the strength of two minor board finishes going longer. The lightly raced gelding’s only appearance at tonight’s distance was a disappointing 6th after training so well at the route distances earlier that month. Both of his career wins have been sprinting and he’ll need to show he can still outfinish this group when going long. He has a punchers chance for minors, but would need to move forward off his last.

#5 NO KLOO

Was the leader in points leading up to tonight’s final, but amazingly never defeated qualifier foes in 4 outs. His sharp form earlier this season against allowance foes that saw him breeze through the D division in just 4 races seems to have evaporated against hard knocking stakes foes. He’s had trouble of late racing from further off the pace so we’ll look to see if he can break cleaner tonight to be part of the first flight for his best chance.

#6 THE GREAT MAGNIFICO

Another lightly raced juvy comes into tonight’s contest looking to break his N2L condition in the biggest of spots. The BlueChip Farms gelding qualified for this final off a strong runnerup finish going shorter and a distant 4th at 12F. He’s had plenty of chances at tonight’s distance to get his 2nd win (4 races) but has failed to do better than 3rd against easier allowance foes. If you’re looking for something to get this one over the top, perhaps the switch back to dirt, a surface he’s recorded his fastest speed figs might be what he needs to turn the tables. Has to show more for a podium spot.

#7 FASTER LONGER

Was a smart 35Kc claim earlier this season for his connections who’ve not only made it into the top 10 in the standings, but have also shown to be savvy evaluator of horseflesh as well. He’s never been out of the superfecta in 7 runs with this barn and and a return to his favorite distance (2 of his 3 wins) has this one on edge for a big performance tonight. Podium contender.

#8 STYLISH BONES

Had had a nice juvenile campaign scoring 4 times and banking just over 93Kc for his veteran conditioner. Of late he’s attempted to dual qualify for the Classic Champ final, dropping his last 3 contests and finishing out of the money each time. He gets more ground to cover here and returns to the distance he’s recorded 3 of his 4 wins. His lone off the board finish traveling 10 panels was a difficult and wide trip in the Houston Stakes last month. He’s shown a great degree of professionalism this season winning from a variety of different trips he’s my choice to get his veteran trainer his first championship.

#9 TWICE WORTHY

Gelding has won nearly half of his 11 starts this season for his connections in a solid freshman campaign. He received the confidence builder last out defeating the minimum in a mid-level claiming event since recording his last win in early February. His workload so far has been “appointment only” and I’ve not yet figured out what his best distance is. His success for the most part has been at the 11-12F distances, but he’s also run a couple of speedy 10F races this season, including his maiden breaker in a flashy 2:02.91. With as much success as he’s had this season notching the 5 wins, his speed figs have fallen well short of the career top he received back in January. Has a shot for the minors, but has to take a big step forward tonight.

#10 ARISE AGAIN

Has dropped his last 9 decisions since breaking his maiden and defeating his entrymate above on opening day. He’s another that’s seen a sharp decline in his speed figs since facing winners, but has qualified nevertheless with 2 show checks in 6 outs against this group. I’m still trying to figure out why a horse who broke his maiden at this distance in a nice 2:02.92 has lost every race since, with 5 of those at 10F. Difficult outside post leaves a tough ask for a top 3 finish.

#11 PUMPKIN GOES LONG

Another who’s eligible for the N2L condition, in a division that’s lacked a true standout all season long. His connections have gotten very little from this juvy since the geld in early February and his 10F preps for tonight’s final have been poor. Would need more distance and a hot pace to have any chance.

#12 DRAGON FIRE

The Saratoga Classic victor has been solid in his limited workload this season. His other win was probably more impressive than the former, drawing away by 3 lengths in a quick 2:32.02 for 12F. The negative, however, outside of the extremely wide post assignment is his ability to get 10F. His 3 trips below 11F he was hopelessly outrun in each. Would prefer if this season’s renewal was a longer trip.

Picks: 8, 2, 7, 4