by Frank Carulli
March 18, 2021
March 19, 2021
Carryover Pool: $154,931
LEG A // LAUREL PARK RACE 8 (4:30PM ET) // ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING // 6 FURLONGS (DIRT)
LITTLE HUNTRESS, a 14-length maiden breaker in her second start, set a rapid pace at 7F but was no match for multiple stakes winner Street Lute (7-9, $420k). BREEZE OFF THE BAY ran second in all three allowance tries for this barn and gets plenty of pace to rally into.
LEG B // GULFSTREAM PARK, RACE 8 (4:48PM ET) // CLAIMING // 1 MILE (DIRT)
BAHAMIAN GIRL chased the beaten favorite at 6-1/2F before hard-hitting Bimini (6-21, $178k) and others passed by. ETANA was no threat to wire-to-wire upsetter ASSUME CONTROL, but she finished with good energy and could turn the tables at a tempting price.
LEG C // LAUREL PARK, RACE 9 (5:03PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 5 1/2 FURLONGS (DIRT)
THUNDERINTHEVALLEY finished in the money in nine consecutive starts, spanning five distances. He has a recency edge over his main rivals and has no excuse to not upgrade to a win. SOUTHERN GALAXY showed enough sprinting against Louisiana breds to warrant longshot consideration for a sharp barn despite drawing outside. TAPDANCING GIRL, a lightly-raced 5-year-old, can't be discounted on the class drop from the rail.
LEG D // SANTA ANITA PARK, RACE 3 (5:08PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 1 MILE (DIRT)
HARD METAL closed late in the 3-path to finish second behind the 11-to-1 pace controller. ROYAL ORB, a half to three six-figure earners, was content to track the longshot winner and was put to hard drive from mid-turn to the finish, settling for third. STONE'S RIVER back-pedaled on the lead in a 5-horse field in his first try around two turns, but his dam was 4/1-2-0 going a route of ground and he could be used on the class drop. SHORT RIB, second at one mile two starts back, had an extremely wide trip last out and gets in as co-light weight.
LEG E // GOLDEN GATE FIELDS, RACE 3 (5:25PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 1 MILE (ALL WEATHER)
HANDCUFFED benefitted when the 3-to-2 second favorite unseated his rider two starts back, but he was 'loaded' for the stretch drive and ran a scare into even-money pace setter Rachel's Lady in a 5-1/2F sprint at this level. He is a half-brother to seven-time route winner Handfull and two other long distance winners. MADE IN KAROO, a twice-beaten favorite with Lasix at Santa Anita, enters a new barn on the class drop.
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Leg A: 1, 2
Leg B: 2, 3, 4
Leg C: 2, 10, 12
Leg D: 1, 3, 4, 8
Leg E: 3, 6