Interesting feature to begin the race week in Hallandale, an optional claiming allowances going 8.5 furlongs on Tapeta Track and it appears to be battle between two horsemen known for their move-ups.
One can go either way and each of these look good to repeat their last effort–if capable of repeating their last effort. Each should be a decent price.
Since claimed, Anatolian (15-1) has worked her way down the ladder but has been upwardly mobile in her last two. She meets a much tougher set here, but the manner in which she won her last indicates anything’s possible.
Check out her run at Gulfstream Park, JUN 18, Race 2 in which she was shuffled back to last by mid far-turn, angled to the far outside into the lane and the Mike Maker debut-claim absolutely flew home late to nail down the win.
Then there’s the effort here of Nana Fanny (8-1) on MAY 22, Race 6, when after her Claudio Gonzalez claim, she returned to run third on turf vs. tougher before blowing out an optional field through the stretch, improving her AW record to 2-for-5, both wins at today’s trip.
We’re splitting the baby by taking the latter who has better spacing and which has been working sharply for her toughest test to date, in for a pricey $75K here. Hector Berrios takes the return call.
We’ll take Nany Fanny at 9-2 or greater and quinellas with Anatolian and Therearenorules (4-1), getting class relief in her first Tapeta tour and a switch to Edwin Gonzalez.