Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oaks-Bound Fillies in the Davona Dale

Who will be victorious today in the prestigious Davona Dale, at a mile, on Fountain of Youth day? There are several very nice fillies in here that I’m sure are on their way to the Oaks.
Dancinginherdreams is already a graded stakes winner at a mile. Her first race back this year at 7/8’s was a nice tightener and she was clearly gaining on the winner at the wire. She is by Tapit, leading juvenile sire of SW’s, Stakes horses and winners in 2010. Tapit is also the sire of Zazu; another Oaks bound filly and the talented colt Rattlesnake Bridge.

Trained by John Ward, Dancinginherdreams looks definitely ready to take that next step forward. But this is not her prime target, so they will want to leave a little something in the tank.

R Heat Lightning is another very good filly with back class. A Grade 1 winner at Saratoga, she finished last year with 2 seconds and one of those was in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile. She had become quite headstrong in her two route races last year, and coming back this year in the Forward Gal she ran an uncharacteristically flat race. Did they try different tactics to try to get her to relax? Is she just not the horse she was last year? Or do we just put a line through that effort and hope to see theTrippi filly rebound to her former self? Lots of questions here.

Everybody’s talking about Pomeroy’s Pistol. She is a very nice filly coming into this race off a win in the Forward Gal, when she just lasted over Dancinginherdreams. While I am not sure she wants to go much farther than 7/8’s, could the Point Given on her dam’s side kick in when she needs it today? She does have Ramon (replacing the injured Paco Lopez)

Another horse that you need to take a look at is Mending Hearts. Her maiden win going a mile from the 10 hole, in a 12 horse field was a nice effort. She is by Street Cry out of a Storm Cat mare and we know what those Street Cry fillies can turn into.

Nothing wrong with Roxy Gap if you can forgive that last race on the Gulfstream dirt, when bumped and wide. She’s a winner in two surfaces, going short and long and has the rejuvenated Alex Solis in the saddle.

And don’t leave out the Eddie Kenneally trained ,Oh Carole. You can moan and groan about the Unbridled Songs’ and how fragile you think they are. But most all of them can run. She has a win over the track, and the filly she beat, ( Funny Sunny) came back yesterday to romp by 10.

I think the Tapit filly is coming into this race the right way. I like her post, I like her bullet at Palm Meadows and of course I like to root for her connections. She should also get better as the distances get longer.

Good Luck in all your wagers today! And let’s see which of these fillies continues dancing their way to the Oaks.

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