Far Hills Highlight: Salty maiden hurdle

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4 phrases that make followers of American soar racing concentrate – the Far Hills maiden. It isn’t fairly the Breeders’ Cup Basic, however is among the yr’s most anticipated races with large purse ($50,000 this yr), large stage and large alternative. Win this, and other people concentrate. Previous winners embody Corridor of Famer McDynamo, which should be sufficient to make you concentrate.

This yr, a full subject of 10 will head to the put up (with seven on the also-eligible listing) because the second race on the day (1:40 p.m. roughly) at 2 1/eight miles.

Strongbox: 4-year-old ships up from South Carolina off a maiden prep at Shawan. Coach Kate Dalton and her husband/jockey Bernie received this final yr with The Grange off the very same setup. Misplaced for a $5,000 claiming value at Turfway Park this winter so he might want to discover extra pace towards a salty group.

Hooded: It is about time. He is been second 4 occasions in six soar begins for Irv Naylor and Cyril Murphy. 5-year-old Empire Maker gelding bred by Juddmonte Farm was second at Shawan and all the time appears to run properly – he simply has but to win. Overdue.

Coastal Moon: He offered for $200,000 as a yearling in 2012 and was claimed for $6,250 in January. Malibu Moon gelding (out of a Dixieland Band mare) ought to love the added distance however this can be a robust spot to debut.

Meteoroid: Like Hooded, has been shut – time and again. In 10 tries over jumps, he is obtained 4 seconds and three thirds for Leslie and Paddy Younger. Second to Citadel Hill (who goes within the novice right this moment) at Shawan and has additionally completed behind stable performers Second Modification, All For Us, Kensington Courtroom and Assist From Heaven. Large expertise edge. Can he make it repay?

Atherton: Third behind Citadel Hill and Meteoroid at Shawan, 6-year-old Langfuhr gelding makes his fourth hurdle begin whereas on the enhance from fifth to fourth to 3rd. If he stays to kind, he’ll be second right this moment. Respectable flat kind. Sitting on large effort.

Present King: First-timer for Jimmy Day was adequate to win six races on the flat whereas sticking primarily to the New York-bred program at Finger Lakes. By no means tried the turf till profitable a coaching flat race at Foxfield Sept. 25. Clearly dealt with that. Fascinating rookie.

Ever So Fortunate: The place have you ever been? He is 7 now, nevertheless it would not appear all that way back that he was a uncommon top-flight 3-year-old for Augustin Secure and Jonathan Sheppard with begins within the Swale, Blue Grass and King’s Bishop. The $600,000 yearling completed second to Gemologist within the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Membership as a 2-year-old in 2011.  Nonetheless owned by Augustin, the Indian Charlie gelding makes his hurdle debut for coach Richard Valentine however has not run since June 2014. He must be rusty, even with all of the expertise on the earth.

Yellow Mountain: Put him in the identical basket with Hooded and Meteoroid. Irish-bred son of Danehill Dancer makes his sixth hurdle begin (after 4 seconds and a 3rd within the first 5). Second on this race two years in the past, the Sheppard trainee hasn’t run since July 2015, when he was overwhelmed a nostril at Parx. Prepped on the flat at Foxfield. Aggressive each time he is run and will be once more. 

Mr. Jenney: Someone in contrast Jack Fisher’s horses to a battalion after they arrive on the races and you would be smart to concentrate to them in each race at Far Hills. Six-year-old Medaglia d’Oro gelding ran twice this spring and will get to this off a short freshening.

With Rhythm: One other from the Fisher barn, he completed fourth behind Citadel Hill, Meteoroid and Atherton at Shawan. Eligible for large enchancment. Adequate to win three on the flat (two in France with Andre Fabre and one at Gulfstream Park with Christophe Clement).  Arrange for large run.

ALSO-ELIGIBLE
Aflutter (off the bench for Sheppard), Large Feat (first-timer for Alicia Murphy), Analyst (who positioned twice this spring however failed to complete in two begins this fall for Michael Leaf), Spoiler Alert (winless in seven tries over jumps for Billy Meister), Secret Soul (from proprietor/coach/jockey Jeff Murphy), Wild Dynaformer (a part of the Fisher brigade) and Signature Look  (one other Fisher band member) full the listing. 

 

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