If you’re looking for the Skidmore winner, you might have to do just that–see if daddy can give you a ride out to Montauk. OK, enough nonsense.
Friday’s Spa feature is a tough one, a 5-1/2 furlong turf sprint with some intriguing possibilities and different ways to go.
The early line favorite is by far the fastest filly, and if Another Miracle (7-5) takes to the turf in her first grass start, the only race will be for second.
And trainer Gary Contessa made a good point about her sire, American Pharaoh. ‘Pharoah’ has had eight winners in his debut year on the track; seven broke maiden on turf. So why shouldn’t she make the transition?
But when it comes to going dirt to turf, promise vs. performance, we’ll side with experience, and that leaves us with Montauk Daddy (2-1).
He too earned an excellent Thoro Graph figure in a sloppy-track debut. Then returned to break maiden on turf going 6 furlongs at Belmont Park wire to wire.
In that context, we like the turn back for today’s stakes debut. Her outside post should give Jose Lezcano options off the break. She likely will stalk as there’s plenty of speed signed on.
Going on record with Montauk Daddy to win, and we’d like to get the early line odds ante post before betting our money, scratches notwithstanding.
We’ll key-box exactas with Another Miracle and the maiden, turn-back Proven Strategies (8-1), and add Frosted Rose (8-1) to fill out the super-exotics.
YESTERDAY: Carrera Cat got the early money and showed a new off-the-pace style; she was very good, winning clear in fast time. Our choice Bonita Bianca wasn’t very good and never offered a threat.
But why Irad had her all over the track–in the eight-path approaching midstretch before angling sharply inside in deep stretch–I have no idea. Take a look, could be stable mail material.