DRF Tournaments
D.Wade's Record:
Wins/Races Profit (loss)
6/30 ($18.60)


Last Week's Picks:

Race: Gasparilla

Win: Souper Escape
Place: Molto Bella
Show: Gold Credit

 

Comments:
11:05 pm Friday

I feel the need...the need for speed! Not seeing many that want a UNC Tar Heel-type tempo, I'm giving an edge to those who do like it fast and loose.

Gold Credit ran a fast debut and then perhaps bit off too much too soon by going 1-1/16 in the slop in G2 company. Cutting back in distance, dropping in class, and/or a fast track again figure as positives.

Molto Bella improved nicely with each race until stepping up into G2 company going 9 panels last out. She figures on the cut-back and class relief.

Souper Escape gets my nod, though, based on pace. I think she can take - and keep - the lead. Her maiden score at Laurel was impressive after trouble at the start cost her in her debut. Despite her breeding, she may not want two turns or turf (or either), as she had every chance last out but faltered late. The cut-back, return to dirt, and early pace advantage should help get her across the line first.

Race: SM F&M Turf

Win: Shanghai Starlet
Place: Mrs. Ramona G.
Show: Warranty

 

Comments:
7:35 pm Friday

I expect a fast clocking of this race. Starship Jubilee is very fast and had some excuse in her last. She could be hampered by the outside draw and the sprint-speed of my 2nd choice, Mrs. Ramona G. Ramona could take them all the way around if they don't respect her, and she could wear out those in closest pursuit if they push her.

I'm landing on Shanghai Starlet as my top selection and was pleasantly surprised to see her installed at 15-1 on the ML. She appears to have a nice high cruising speed and could get a great trip leading the second flight. The lone defeat in her last 4 outings was over this turf course on a day that was NOT kind to speed, excepting a 5f sprint. Despite SLOW fractions, the top 3 finishers were 8th/5th/7th of 8 early, and Shanghai was the best of the pace players.

Race: SM Classic

Win: Forevamo
Place: Noble Drama
Show: Mr. Jordan

 

Comments:
9:20 pm Friday

I expect Dalmore, Transistor, Mr. Jordan, and Jay's Way to trade jabs early and often. Transistor figures to be an early KO, and I think the effort gets to the other three late in the race, too.

I'm a bit torn between my top two but will ultimately go with Forevamo. I'm not sure he's fastest, but it's not a match race, and I think he may be the class of the bunch. He has some really strong company lines going all the way back to his baby races. He almost went off favored in his debut at The Spa vs. the likes of Gift Box and then finished ahead of The Player next out at Churchill. He has been held in high esteem from the beginning and justified it by runner up finishes in Gun Runner's Risen Star and in Sharp Azteca's Pat Day Mile while on the Derby trail his sophomore year. Fast forward to his last 4 races, where he has improved from 4th to 3rd to 2nd to 1st while improving on figs in each. He appears in top form and would be nice value at 6-1.

Race: LeComte

Win: Tackett
Place: Tight Ten
Show: War of Will

 

Comments:
12:30 am Saturday

Mr. Money is reportedly a scratch after coming down with a cough. Admire won't ship from FL after drawing the 14-spot, and West Texas sounds itchy.

I'll roll with Tackett, who broke his maiden in fast time while stretching out over two turns. He followed with another win over Owendale, who was an impressive winner here Thursday. Owendale was 5-1/2 lengths clear of 3rd and is being considered for the Risen Star. Though he has early speed, Tackett showed last out that he does not have to be on the lead, even though he drew the rail that day.


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