Contention Runs Deep in $110,000 Glass Slipper
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Sat 06/12/2014 - 00:07 EST
The $110,000 Glass Slipper is one of the more intriguing betting races on the opening day Claiming Crown card December 6 at Gulfstream.
Run at a one-turn mile, the Glass Slipper draws a field of fourteen fillies and mares that have started for a claiming price of $12,500 or less since January 1, 2013. Despite this condition, many of the runners in the field have proven to be far classier including 7/2 morning line favorite Rebecca’s Surprise. Since being claimed for $50,000 by trainer Kelly Breen and USA Thoroughbreds LLC, Rebecca’s Surprise was nearly a next-out winner in the $76,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes at Monmouth in September, before coming back to run second against $16,000 allowance foes at Keeneland. In her last start, Rebecca’s Surprise easily handled an $8,000 allowance field going a mile at Laurel Park on October 16. She will break from the far outside post position and must avoid a wide trip.
Turf to Dirt angle could be value play
Claiming Victory (8/1) has run eight consecutive races on the grass – seven at sprint distances. Still, the Joseph Orseno trainee has a live look, and has proven the ability to handle the one mile distance at Gulfstream in the past running second aginst 15,000 optional claiming foes last December on the main track.
Local horse looks sharp and ready
At 9/2, Best Behavior could be the speediest and classiest filly in the field, but she is unproven beyond the six and a half furlong distance. Still, with three wins in seven starts at Gulfstream, Best Behavior is a horse with plenty of things to like.
The Grade 2 $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby features the two biggest names from the Triple Crown trail September 24 at Parx as a field of 12 gathers in one of the most intriguing betting races of the year.
The $1 million Cotillion Stakes September 24 at Parx features a true clash of the titans as the six-horse field is headlined by the undefeated, five-time grade 1 winner Songbird who figures to face the most stern challenge of her career.
In a completely wide open renewal of the Presque Isle Mile September 18 at Presque Isle Downs, 13 runners including the also-eligible will contest the eight furlong trip over synthetic footing.
Champion Songbird is set to make her much-anticipated return to the races in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on Saturday. The Grade 2 event will be run at a mile and a sixteenth and has attracted a field of seven.