Fairplex Park Handicap
By Jerry Antonucci
Friday, September 7, 2012
First Post 1 p.m.
ONE HOT CHICK (5-2) is an Arabian who hails from the powerful barn of trainer Helen Shelley. She finished second twice last year over the Fairplex Park oval and has a late-running style which may end her second finishing ways. KENTUCKY BAY (2-1) may possess the most early speed in the lineup, draws the fence and only needs to handle the six furlong distance. SAMMIES MOMENT should be forwardly placed and her rider (Shyann Garcia) knows how to ride the Pomona oval.
Longshot – BURNIN RUBBER
KIPTIDDY DO (7-5) is quick from the blocks (a prerequisite at 4 furlongs), and if she clears her rivals early, she’ll be tough to beat. REDBERRYCRUSH (3-1) makes her debut this afternoon for trainer Leandro Mora (who’s been pinch-hitting for the suspended Doug O’Neill the past month). Mora’s been pointing the daughter of Peace Rules for this meet and she may come out running. Tab the tote wagering. TRICKSAREFORKIDS (4-1) must draw into the field, but lands the services of Martin Pedroza, and her trainer, Peter Miller, is coming off a sensational Del Mar meet.
Longshot – GET GOIN TIZZY
RULE BREAKER (8-5) has been undistinguished in four turf races vs. much better since arriving from England last year. He dips in for a tag for the first time and lands Martin Pedroza. ROHERYN STRIDER (5-2) raced evenly at Del Mar against stronger and figures right in the photo. MIDNIGHT CON (7-2) broke slowly at the spa against tougher 3-year-olds. He’s seeking the proper level.
Longshot – KUMITE
DR. NIP (3-1) broke slowly from the rail and now draws the extreme outside. He’s the “closer” of note. IN HIGH REGARDS (2-1) tried wire to wire tactics against stronger at the beach, but faded late. Come and catch him. OMAR (4-1) made is debut at Del Mar and raced evenly vs. stronger while being fanned four wide into the stretch. He can improve.
Longshot – GOODBYE CHARLIE
JIMINI CHRISTMAS (9-5) hasn’t raced in 11 months, but trainer Craig Lewis is excellent with comebackers and she’s won over the course. KATIE’S TEN (8-5) was pulled up and vanned off the track at Del Mar in her last start (July 27) against much stronger. A filly with some quality breeding, she could be a something-in-a-nothing-race with this big drop in class. LOLLY GOGGIN (9-2) has been facing older foes in her last pair and figures right there.
Longshot – MAMA JANKA
CELTIC DRAMA (2-1) takes that all important drop in class while shortening up. It might get her a maiden victory. BIG G’S DANCE (3-1) has been on the sidelines for a year and did little running in 2011. She’s now in the Caesar Dominguez barn and has a strong series of workouts (59 3/5, 1:12 4/5 from the gate and 1:12 4/5). Her career could turn around today. JEFFERY’S PRIDE (9-2) has had 13 chances, but finished second twice to similar last season over the Pomona course.
Longshot – SAXON ROYALTY
BRAZILIAN CHARM (3-1) draws outside, removes blinkers and may be able to control the pace. Wire to wire threat. WARREN’S CITY ART (5-2) returns to the sprint game while dropping in class. Edwin Maldonado was a “hot jockey” at Del Mar. ROYAL CHAVELA (7-2) has won only once in 11 starts, but the victory was right here at Fairplex.
Longshot – BONITA MONTANA
DUKE STREET KING (8-5) encountered a ton of trouble in his latest at Del Mar and wound up fourth. Martin Pedroza takes the call again. KRIPKE (2-1) cost $135,000 at auction, but displayed only moderate ability at Del Mar. He adds blinkers and takes a gigantic drop in class. HARLAN’S HALO (9-2) raced wide throughout in his debut while just circling the oval. He can move forward.
Longshot – EBONY GOLD
RIVER KISS (5-2) has banked the most money ($149,926) of any entrant in the field, is never far away at the wire, and comes off a bang-up third in an allowance race. Tab in a scramble. MY SELECTION (3-1) has been freshened since finishing last in the Manhattan Beach Stakes in early June. She’s quick and lands jockey Martin Pedroza who has reeled off three consecutive victories in the Beverly J. Lewis Stakes. CANDY AND THUNDER (4-1) gets tested for class after recording a come-from-behind win against softer at the beach track.
Longshot – SWEET NOTHINGS
ANABAA PREMIUM (5-2) rates a gate-to-wire opportunity even from the extreme outside post. WON WON OH FIVE (3-1) is a 3-year-old son of Lawyer Ron who is taking a plunge in class while switching from the grass to the dirt. GOOD LUCK REDD (9-2) may have needed his sprint prep and figures right there.
Longshot – UNUSUAL MYSTERY
MOST PROBABLE WINNER – KIPTIDDY DO in Second
BEST CHANCE BET – BRAZILIAN CHARM in Seventh
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