Today’s feature, the Ladies Handicap, once was a fairly important event for fillies and mares on the NYRA circuit. Guess that was back when the racing association wasn’t fighting for its very existence. Now, the Ladies is an ungraded $75,000 race, no more important than any overnight stakes you could catch on any given Wednesday.

This 10-furlong event has drawn seven entrants, including an uncoupled pair from Graham Motion. Either one has the profile of the best filly in here. The problem is deciding which one.

Bondage (3-1) is a late developing 4-year-old that’s won two of her last three starts, from late summer forward. Although something of an in and outer on winning form, her performance figures have shown the kind of incremental improvement that portends some more to give. She’s drawn inside and presumably Ramon Dominguez, who does a lot of riding for Motion, had his choice of mounts and landed here. Ramon will have her in this from jump street.

Cryptoquip (4-1) is the other 4-year-old from Motion and this one is decidedly in and out on performance figures. But this looks like a likely spot for a rebound by the fastest filly in the race on figures. By Crypotoclearance, this filly should get the distance and has a nice kick when it’s timed right. It will be Rajiv Maragh’s job to get that done. With her uncoupled mate applying some pressure up front, this filly will be coming late.

While Inda (6-1) doesn’t have the company lines of the Motion pair, she has the kind of late developing distance pedigree (A.P. Indy) that augurs well in this spot. Her figures have been marching forward incremental, an excellent development pattern, and couldn’t be in better filly hands that patient Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey. She has the speed to dictate a soft tempo in here beneath the speed conscious Eibar Coa and with continued development could earn her first stakes score. She’ll never find a better spot to do so.


Taking Cryptoquip to win at 7-2 or more and keying her first and second in exactas with Inda and Bondage.

Running Totals: (148) 54-32-16. Total Dollar Return: $325.00 [win selections only]