With sunshine in the forecast, the hope is that Saturday’s Laurel feature will remain on the grass as scheduled, an interesting two-turner for preliminary allowances of the female persuasion.
Lots of traditional outfits adept with turf runners, including Tom Proctor who sends out third time starter By the Book (9-2).
The filly warmed on on turf in debut but a rough trip prevented her from making an impact on August 3 at Colonial Downs.
Two months later the daughter of Ghostzapper found herself at Presque Isle Downs where, suitably stretching out to two turns, she was a comprehensive winner over 10 rivals, including a next-out runnerup.
From the mare Closeout, who’s produced a previous grass winner from two foals, she’s well suited for her turf debut from a barn that’s 19% effective in LAY-2 scenarios but always a very worthy 30% with repeaters coming off a last-out maiden win. Victor Carrasco, 3-for-5 for Proctor recently, gets the call.
Looking for another move forward, taking By the Book to win at 3-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with very sharp Pilot Episode (4-1) for Shug McGaughey and price shot A Girl Named Jac (12-1), bred both sides for grass but rained off three straight times.