February 16, 2004Gulfstream Park
By George Cottrell
Fiesty Jones
Beat a trio of these 5 weeks ago and was 3-5 when so doing while she got the job done despite a slow start; this barn is on cruise control of late but there is other speed in here and the inside post makes it tricky; barn is ultra-impressive off the claim and it is more than fair to expect added improvement from a 3yo at this time of the year; not sure that 3-5 is the right price this time so best to let value dictate your approach.
Sweet Laural
Had a start since some of the others last raced and in that one this gal was stuck on the fence and then battled hard on the pace before retreating late; Lasix will reportedly be added now so that offers another potential excuse for last; new barn sendsher out this time but her previous best wouldn't win this thing so anything wagered here is banking on improvement; others still more likely.
Queen Trigger
Like the was this one stalked and finished in her last one but of course that begs the question "why is she in for just $10K today?"; if able to duplicate either of last pair this one towers over these; barn has been known to run them where they can winand when you score for $16K over N2L company you're usually not far from on par with open $10K sellers; this gal still appears to be taking an edge; horse to beat.
Killing Frost
Won her maiden on New Year's in very slow time such that many a "pony named Wildfire" might have been able to keep up; move here and in vs. open winners makes for a very tough assignment for filly who wouldn't likely win even if able to double best Beyerscore; solid works since last start but we're not getting ready to summarize this dash with the phrase: "there came a killing frost".
Bust the Must
She's speed if she's anything and there is plenty of pace signed on in this one; Baird trainee hasn't done much since retreating from Canada but she began poorly in last and could add to the already crowded pace picture today; remains an outsider.
Deep closing tactics worked fairly well in last and she's found a spot where the pace should be on in earnest; think she likes the local strip much more than the one across town?; was that last one a fluke or simply an improving filly making first sophomore start?; it still seems tough to use this one in the top spot but she's more than sensible for exotics.
First try here was a complete flop and she's going to have to face 'Trigger once again; Calder win came in moderate time but at least the pace picture in today's opener should suit this gal; still say she has too much improving to do in order to pose a serious threat; longshot.