Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Taking the Classy Comebacker
Like maidens, racetracks never seem to run out of turf sprinters but the thing of it is they are usually a fast, talented lot. Today’s Gulf feature is for older fillies and mares sprinting 5 furlongs over what should be another hard course. Hard course; harder race.
Making her return to the races in an oft-abbreviated career is Roxy Gap (5-1), who’s been in steady training for her return since December and Mark Casse really has picked up the tempo in recent weeks.
Indian Charlie filly has won two of her three starts when coming off layups, has kept very good company, and while she’s not raced today’s distance on turf, she was handy enough to win her career debut at this trip over the Woodbine Polytrack.
With little high speed inside of her, look for Johnny Velazquez to break sharply for position, either taking back off the speed or going on with it if she’s allowed to get away soft. Despite her issues, something that appears obvious, she has the talent and class to get this done and offers good value at anywhere near early line odds.
We’re taking Roxy Gap to win at 3-1 or greater, and key-boxing her first and second in multiple pools with price shot Heavenly Pride (12-1) and both halves of the uncoupled Tony Dutrow duo—Going to Kukaro (3-1) with Castellano and Caribbean Lady (6-1) who figures to be coming late beneath Bravo.
Running Totals: (1042) 322-204-151 Total Dollar Return: $2,226.00 [win selections only]