We still have two weeks to go before they break from the gate on Breeders’ Cup Friday. Pre-entires will be out next week, and we’ll all get a chance to start really handicapping. But why not take a few minutes right now and rampantly, irresponsibly speculate about which longshots might end up as part of our wagers? No harm in that, right? And today, we are going to start with two South Floridians that will both be big prices.
Cookie Dough has now won two straight Florida-bred stakes at Gulfstream for trainer Stanley Gold. I highly suggest you watch the replays of her last three races to see the progression as the distances have gotten longer and as she’s gained more experience. Note the trip she had in her last. I’m not going to tell you what happened because you’ll see for yourself when you watch. But suffice it to say Cookie Dough is talented and heading in the right direction. Is she fast enough to compete with the likes of Bellafina and Restless Rider? Eh, I need to see what Thorograph says. Beyer says she needs to improve big time. But if you are a trip handicapper, I think you’ll be very impressed by what you see when you watch her races.
Filly and Mare Sprint
You can draw a line through Stormy Embrace’s last race. She broke a tad slow and and didn’t get to run her race. But prior to that she rattled off three consecutive wins at 7F when able to be up near the pace like she wants. She isn’t a need-the-lead type but she can win from the front if she finds herself there. And on Beyer Speed Figures, she’s just as fast if not faster than most of these. She’ll need to run the race of her life to beat Marley’s Freedom, Dream Tree and Selcourt, but this is another South Floridian who might sneak in under the radar.