1- FALCONET- Buckled slightly leaving the gate, raced three to four wide from mid pack and then ran a bit awkward on the wrong lead in the stretch, before changing over late when 4th behind 2nd place finisher, KATHLEEN O., in the Grade 3 Comely over this track and distance three races back in November. Followed that up with a solid win in the mud over a modest field in the Ladies, again at this trip here on New Years Day. Broke on top from the outside, but was hard held through soft fractions to press the eventual gate to wire winner when 2nd best in the one mile Heavenly Prize in latest 2/18. Stretches back out to her more preferred two turn trip in today’s 1 1/8 miles Top Flight and gets a good draw on the rail. Should get back to one of her better races and that’ll make her a strong threat in here.
4- Kathleen O., 7- Let Her Inspire U
1- LIBERTY FLAME- Was taken a hold of after the start, checked in the first furlong to trail the field, before finishing with a mild outside rally in 4th place finish against state bred filly 1x allowance runners going six furlongs two back 11/18. Broke outward, pressed the pace into the turn, but then was getting out rounding the turn and would trudge home 4th at the same level going 7 furlongs in latest start 12/15. The fact that she was getting out on the turn that day is a likely indicator that something went physically wrong and she’s been given nearly 4 months since. Came off a similar layoff to finish a decent 3rd in a state bred filly 1x allowance behind a nice state bred filly in October and is now dropped to a 25k NW2L for her return today. Fits nicely in this spot and anything near her best puts her there in the nightcap.
A- 5- Divine Wine, 8- Carbon
B- 2- Mostly Harmless