Grade 1 Woodward Stakes 8/30/08
#1 AP Arrow- Last years Clark Handicap winner hasn’t been the same since returning from Dubai. The jockey change from Ramon Dominguez to Cornelio Velasquez may help. This will be his third start since running a nice fourth in Dubai. If he can’t run well here, I think they will send him to the shed. Don’t use this horse on your exotic wagers.
#2 Loose Leaf- Ran a monster race last out on August 13, earning a 110 ESF. From the barn of Ken McPeek, that race was his first since 2007. If he can run back to that performance he will be a top contender here, but if he regresses you won’t see him. I suggest using this horse on all exacta, trifecta, and superfecta tickets.
#3 Past The Point- Another colt who earned a huge figure last out. This son of Indian Charlie comes from the Darley barn, and trainer Eoin Harty. Edgar Prado will pilolt this one. He has flashed ability here and there, but this is quite an ambitious spot. I expect good things from this colt in the future, but I can’t endorse him here.
#4 Divine Park- I was so confident in this colt last time out in the Metropolitan Mile, I cashed for over $500. He will have some questions to answer in this race. The first one is can he go an extra furlong? I’m not sure that he can, but based on the fact that he was moving away from Commentator late last time out, he could. He has plenty of tactical speed, so Garcia lay wherever he pleases. While he is the most likely candidate to knock Curlin from the top spot, I don’t see it happening in this race. Include this horse in all exacta, trifecta, and superfectas.
#5 Curlin- The 2007 Horse of the Year has returned to the dirt, after finishing second to 2006 Breeders Cup Turf winner Red Rocks. If all systems are go, Curlin should trample this field. He will show Big Brown and company why they don’t want to face him. Curlin is the king. Long live the king!
#6 Dr. D.F.C.- This New York bred would need a miracle to win here.
#7 Out of Control- Turf runner will try the dirt for the fourth time. He missed Dancing Forever by a nose last out, and has been running well all year. If his form transfers to the dirt, he will be in the mix. John Velazquez will pick up the mount. I would use this horse to round out a trifecta or superfecta but I’m having a hard time making a case for him.
#8 Wanderin Boy- Speedball looks to be lone speed in this race. He finished far back in this race last year after setting grueling fractions. Prior that race last year he was second in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap. He fired a bullet four furlong move in 47 1/5 H, which was 1/30. A must use due to his speed, expect to see Wanderin Boy in the mix.
2nd- Divine Park
3rd- Wanderin Boy
$2 Trifecta (5/4,8/2,3,4,7,8)
$1 Superfecta (5/2,4,8/2,3,4,7,8/2,3,4,7,8)