An interesting stakes for juvenile fillies at 1 mile + 70 yards on Tapeta track is an interesting puzzle as these fillies and their connections decide just where they belong at this stage of their careers.
But what we know going into this is that experience is very important with young horses, especially with respect to surface and distance. That’s what separates Born Dapper (5-2) from today’s other promising youngsters.
While she’s making her South Florida debut, the Augustin Stable filly will be making her fifth start and she does have experience on Tapeta track, albeit the one at Woodbine, when she finished second on debut.
After that she moved to turf, stretched out to no avail when shipped into Saratoga but redeemed herself quickly with a maiden score, her tactical speed giving her a good trip where pedigree got her the rest of the way, winning more cleverly than the length margin suggests.
Jonathan Thomas owns a worthy 26% strike rate with his shippers and following two subsequent works at the Shore track she ships south in search of black type. Edwin Gonzalez fits position types very well (22%) and gets the call here.
While two local horses, Jellybean (Carlos David) and Blind Spot (Saffie Joseph) figure to get the most tote action, it’s price shot Stephanie’s Charm (8-1) who intrigues more.
Check out her maiden breaking score on this surface, at this trip, (HRI’s video section on the homepage) after adding blinkers on AUG 7, Race 3, and you’ll see what we mean. Low profile connections should insure more than enough value.
We’re betting Born Dapper to win, no price restrictions, and a quinella with Stephanie’s Charm.