Sometimes there's no choice other than to take what's offered. In this case, that would be Free as a Bird (2-1) in the secondary allowances/optional claiming feature for turf sprinters going 5 furlongs.

It was an excellent narrow-loss fast-finish season's debut from which he emerged with a solid work 10 days later and two sharp subsequent moves. HIs late run style is suited by today's speedy race shape and Prado takes a return call from Ian Wilkes.

Taking Free as a Bird to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing in exactas with course loving Perfect Package (3-1) and talented returnee Spun Silky (8-1).

Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1496

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 458-284-229

Amount Wagered: $2,994 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,132.60

Profit to Date: $138.60