Review of Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) at Turfway Park on March 09, 2019

The 1 1/8-mile stakes on the all-weather track is a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race. The Derby points are 20-8-4-2 to the top four finishers.

Race 11. Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII). For three-year -old at 1 1/8 miles on all-weather track. Purse $200,000.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Dynamic Racer Euclyn Prentice, Jr. Ronald Kahles 15/1
2 Moonster John McKee Dale Romans 20/1
3 Five Star General Declan Cannon Arnaud Delacour 6/1
4 Dabo Luan Machado Dale Romans 10/1
5 Baytown Jimbo Alexis Achard Paul McEntee 20/1
6 Skywire Gary Boulanger Mark Casse 3/1
7 Counter Offer Malcolm Franklin Ian Wilkes 10/1
8 Twelfthofneverland Sheldon Russell Raymond Handal 12/1
9 Curlin Grey Brian Hernandez, Jr. Kenneth McPeek 10/1
10 Somelikeithotbrown Tyler Gaffalione Michael Maker 8/5
11 Speed App Walter De La Cruz D. Wayne Lukas 30/1

Dynamic Racer tired down the lane in the John Battaglia but was able to finish second. He should be forwardly placed from the rail post and should be able to set his set a slow pace. If he has no challengers down the back stretch for the lead he has a chance of going gate-to-wire.

Moonster is a high level allowance horse but not a graded stakes horse. This will be his first race on an all-weather track. He should not be a factor.

Five Star General ran two good races that came in off-the-turf races. Didn’t show graded stakes ability in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, his 3-year-old debut. He has posted solid works since the Sam Davis. He should be able to finish in the top five– if he can handle the surface.

Dabo had a wide rally to finish third in the Battaglia, and his only other solid effort came on synthetic surface, a maiden win at Arlington Park in his career debut. Figures to appreciate the added distance. He should finish in the top three.

Baytown Jimbo finished his 2-year-old season with sixth-place finish in the Display Stakes at Woodbine, which was a synthetic surface. His two tries on an all-weather track before that were decent. He could be on the board, finishing top four.

Skywire is undefeated in two career starts and has won on both dirt and synthetics. He won his debut on synthetics at Woodbine in a sprint on Dec. 9, then won an off-the-turf allowance race on a sloppy track at Gulfstream last month and romped by six lengths. He should be in the top two.

Counter Offer ran fourth in the Sam F. Davis. He broke his maiden on turf, and success on turf. He should not be a factor at the wire.

Twelfthofneverland entries coming off two strong efforts in starter races at Aqueduct. He has not faced the level of competition in here. He is currently a good allowance horse that may improve over time. He should not be a factor at the wire.

Curlin Grey lacks experience on a synthetic track.  He showed a late kick in his last two starts, rallying for third in an allowance race and winning a maiden claimer, both at Gulfstream Park. He appears to be improving but he is not ready to face this level of competition. He should not be a factor at the wire.

Somelikeithotbrown drew a poor post position. He easily captured the Battaglia in his 3-year-old debut and should have no problem with the added sixteenth of a mile. He proved he good run on turf at 2. He ran third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He will need to have a clean break to gain position down the back stretch. He should finish in top two.

Speed App has yet to break his maiden after seven starts. He has no all-weather experience and drew the outside post in a field of 11. He has not faced the level of competition in here. He should not be a factor at the wire.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Skywire
  • Somelikeithotbrown
  • Dabo

 

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