Three stakes on the Saturday docket and deal with the three-year-olds over the weekend and instead concentrate here on the Wayward Lass for fillies and mares going 1-1/16 miles and a competitive edition it is this year.
Three fillies appear to hold a wide edge over the rest and separating them will not be an easy task. But the job became a might easier after we went to the TAMPA BAY TODAY Video and checked out Lucky Stride’s LAUREL PARK finale on NOV 28, RACE 7.
It’s not as if her trip was tough, in fact it wasn’t. She had tactical speed in the first half-mile then was muzzled back, losing her position. But she made a move willingly on the turn as the seas parted, her momentum carrying her a tad wide into the lane.
It was the dynamics that did her in. Note how winning Eres Tu stalked comfortably in hand, moved to command at mid-turn without a challenge from the leader and separated herself from the group and built what proved to be an insurmountable lead.
Lucky Stride was able to cut the margin with her solid late rally behind a filly who came back and won her next start. While the Mike Trombetta filly lacks a race on this surface –trainer 1-for-1 with shippers this meet– she returns with a purposeful work-line at her best trip (5) 2-3-0.
Antonio Gallardo, who was off to a slow start at this meet, has really picked up the momentum. Tactical speed, an inside draw and this strong finishing position rider make a good team.
Taking Lucky Stride (2-1) to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing her in exacta with Estilo Talentosa (4-1) and On the Town (3-1) and keying her first in trifectas with the two fillies above and price shot ship-in All Good Times (10-1).