A dozen Fillies and Mares 3 years old and older have made their way through the corn fields to the center of Iowa to do battle in the Ferry Dust Handicap. This Grade 3 race will be held on Saturday May 12th and will be contested over a distance of 6 furlongs or three quarters of a mile over the main dirt track. The field is full of some talented female sprinters. We have 7 four year olds and 5 five year olds and not one single 3 year old. We even have a former Equine of the Year in the field.
A better look at this field:
1- SILENT ASTRAL (9-1) youngmc03 H. Head
5 yo Kentucky scratchbred (ASTROLOGY x SUNDAY SILENCE x EASY GOER) she has 6 career wins in 19 starts. Has represented NWRC in the last 2 EQUINICS; in 2018 came home 4th in the “Casterly Rock” and in 2016 ran 13th in the “Samantha’s Wish”. In her only other Graded start came in 14th over a sloppy track. Front runner that has proven to have the speed to be a factor here.
2- MORE WAR SENORITA (8-1) rickybobby L. Habib
5 yo Japanese scratchbred (WAR EMBLEM x EL GRAN SENOR x MT. LIVERMORE) has finished top 3 (with the last 2 being victories) in each of her last 4 starts all being listed stakes. Finished 9th in only Graded start in the G3 “Iodine Handicap” in September. A mid pack stalker that has posted triple digits 9 times and is poised to be a part of the payouts here.
3- TRUMAN CAPOTE (9/2) jbcri09 OA Haack
5 yo Japanes scratch bred (EMPIRE MAKER x CAPOTE x STORM BIRD). The Morning Line Co-favorite has 12 career dirt sprint wins in 23 tries. Has won 4 out of last 5 with the other being a 2nd. Has been unable to find success in first 3 Graded attempts. Posted a 111 SP last time out in “Destinys Dream Dirt Mare Dash” putting up a second straight win. This Closer will have to be accounted for at the finish.
4- GONE USA (10-1) alishan O. Brooks
5 yo Irish bred daughter of STARSPANGLEDBANNER out of the GONE WEST mare RIVER OF COLAC has ran first or second in 4 of her 5 races since switching over to the main track. Was 10th in only Dirt Graded start at the G2 “Virginia Madson” and had 2 Graded Turf starts. Has a win on all 3 surfaces and a top dirt SP of 107. Front runner that may be asked for a little too much here.
5- BUCKOF THE NILE (8-1) trotter1 N. Bonus
4 yo Kentucky daughter of PIONEEROF THE NILE out of the MEDAGLIA D’ORO mare BUCK THE GOLD has 8 Graded starts packed in her saddle, the last being the G1 “Bluegrass Oaks” last May where she ran 12th. Has 6 lifetime wins and is on a 2 race win streak. Has a top SP of 108 and with a ton of experience behind this Closer you must consider her to be a serious threat here.
6- DOWN BY CONTACT (8-1) mightyforego R. Pollard
4 yo Kentucky daughter of CITY ZIP out of the MORE THAN READY mare STUNNED SILENCE has bounced back and forth a couple of times between surfaces including coming back to the dirt here. Has been on the board in 12 of 14 starts on dirt with 6 wins. Has made 6 Graded starts on the main track and won the 2016 “Breeders Bowl Juvenile Fillies”. Had a best SP of 112 and has used several running styles but has shown the talent to contend in this one.
7- WASTE FRAUD ABUSE (14-1) ledwith2 V. Gardner
4 yo English daughter of OASIS DREAM (GB) out of the SEEKING THE GOLD mare K’ONVICTEE is the least raced horse in the field but has 9 victories in her 12 starts. Comes in on a 6 race winning streak ad 8 of 9 since moving to the main track. Only non-win was a 3rd in only stakes start, has never been in Graded company. Front runner with a 109 SP and has not lost since 2016, got to a least give her a good look.
8- CALF IMPLANTS (11-1) corza B. Jones
4 yo New Zealand daughter of PINS (AUS) out of the ZABEEL mare PHARMACIST has only made 3 dirt starts the last being last June in an allowance which was also her last sprint where she ran third 1/2 length back. Made 5 Graded starts on the turf without any results to show. I would give this stalker/closer a better chance if we were on the turf, just do not see it happening.
9- LANAS (14-1) fernando J. Caves
4 yo Australian daughter of SNITZEL out of the EVENT OF THE YEAR mare CLAUDIA. If you throw out the last 2 starts both on off tracks, she has hit the board in 9 of 10 dirt starts with 5 wins and 4 seconds. Put up a best SP of 108 running 2nd in the “Strong Prospect Dirt Mare Dash”. Ran 8th in G2 “Quote The Raven in her only Graded attempt. Closer without a lot of big field experience, I will look elsewhere.
10- DEATH IN THE EYE (8-1) spinround P. Cadigan
4 yo Kentucky daughter of CITY ZIP out of the TIZ NOW mare OPERATOR has been on the board in 10 of her 12 dirt sprints with 5 victories. Last time out ran 5th in only Graded start in G2 “Virginia Madson”, before that blistered a 113 SP winning a listed stakes capping a 4 wins in 5 race run. This Closer has shown the speed to get it done, I expect her to be in the mix.
11- SLEW OF SMART (9/2) kf BF Abman
5 yo Kentucky scratchbred (SMART STRIKE x SEATTLE SLEW x WAR FRONT) has 11 career wins in 24 starts with 2 coming from her 5 Graded races. Started the year winning the G3 “Leading Lady” and followed winning the G3 “David Flores” on a sloppy track. Put up a 114 SP in a listed stakes win in December. ML Co-Favorite is a front runner that will be a factor in the closing fractions.
12- SHERPA LEPESCU (18-1) ace M. Liddleski
4 yo Kentucky daughter of MACHO UNO out of the GONE WEST mare CRYPT ROBBER. The ML longshot has drawn the outside post while making her first graded start. Has 4 wins in 11 dirt races. Won last outing in the “Gettin Ziggy Widdit Dirt Mare Sprint”, and prior race busted a 109 SP running 2nd in an allowance. Liddleski has 4 prior rides (1-2-1) all at the allowance level. May just be out of her reach at this point of career.
I am going to employ the same strategy here in this one and I will play a 4 horse trifecta box with; 3- Truman Capote, 6- Down By Contact, 10- Death In The Eye & 11- Slew Of Smart.