Saturday’s featured seventh race for preliminary allowances 3-year-old fillies going a mile and a sixteenth is a true head-scratcher with last out winners from different venues, surfaces and distances. And most are not bred for the added ground — even if some of their trainers are.
Perhaps the most vexing part of the puzzle are the dynamics here. Several are capable of taking the lead but there’s not much notable late pace here. Given that, the approach that makes the most sense is a filly capable of racing on or near the pace with a pedigree capable of longer.
This brings us to Miss Tap Dance whjo won on debut going 7-1/2 furlongs then finished second on the stretch to a mile. But off a quickly run debut, a filly coming back in 13 days is a challenge and she acquitted herself well.
The daughter of Tapiture is bred on both sides to go at least this far. She proved much the best breaking maiden on debut, drawing out at the end and was geared down when she reached the wire. In start two she and never rider Trevor McCarthy found themselves on the lead.
Pressed every step of the way, she could not resist the winner from headstretch to the wire but she kept trying. This time, she have an extra week of rest but most significantly could benefit from a target, and that could prove the key to victory.
In her first start she was the stalker, in her second, she was the one being pressed and understandably tired. Now that McCarthy has had a ride on her back he may have a better feel as to when to push the button.
See if you agree. Our Laurel Park Video Replay will show the maiden score on the homepage, RACE 2 on JAN 18. If interested, seek out her allowance race and compare the two. If she doesn’t score, there would be three of four others I could make a case for. As we said earlier, a head-scratcher.