A Field of Twenty New York Bred’s, Three Years Old and Up will enter the Green Mountain starting gate in the $100,000 Local Championship Stakes. The race will be run at One Mile over the Dirt Course.
A Handicappers Point of View
THE TOKYO STALKER – the lightly raced 4yo struggled to clear the NW2L level, achieving that goal in his 12th career start, then two starts later winning a NW3L, suggesting a Colt racing in top form; takes another class rise on Friday but has never been better
BUST N’ SKULLS – has a 3-30 lifetime mark and is winless in over a year; despite a good performance in his last start in a Local Bred Open Allowance, the 4 Year Old Brown Colt will be hard to endorse until he can show more
BALLY ROAD – the 3yo gave a good account of himself in his last two starts racing against older while recording his first triple digit speed figures in both appearances; the non-winner of three lifetime makes his first stakes appearance and may be this good
IMPAZIBLE – finished third, a half-length behind PARTYZAPPER while finishing ahead of several others in this field in the February 9 edition of this race; utilized a turf to dirt angle to finish third that day and employs that same tactic here on Friday
DARK EVIL ALPHA – the 4yo Filly has done her best racing over the Turf Course while sporting an 0-7 record on the Dirt
HALLO FERN – winless in over a year and a half, the 4yo son of Japan woke up in his last start to finish second in his return to the dirt; hard to endorse when back on the dirt where he was beaten badly in his last 4 dirt appearances
BOBBY LUPO – the 5 Year Old Bay Gelding has made a career at the Local level with almost $500k in lifetime earnings, and seldom turns in a poor effort; seeks his first stakes victory in his 28th start
DARK MIDAS TOUCH – the 2-24 career lifetime 4yo Filly is seeking her first victory since winning over the Poly Course last November; last was good but it is hard to overlook the seven starts prior to that last outing
OMEGA BLOCK TB – winner of three of his last four while averaging a 112-speed figure in those starts qualifies this 4 Year Old son of Alpha as a major player in this field
AL TOON – the 3 Year Old Chestnut Gelding is first or second 11 times in 12 starts while taking on older for the first time; his win outside the local scene against Open Company Allowance makes this son of Majestic City a main threat in his second stakes appearance
MOB KILL – making his 32nd career start is the 5 Year Old Brown Gelding by Forty Tales; his patented late closing stretch drives are only overshadowed by his impressive run of consecutive triple digit speed figures; here’s the rub, he’s failed to hit the board in six stakes appearances
BLAQK HUMOR – the 4yo returns to local competition where he compiled 3 wins and a second in four career starts; this is the first time he faces Local Stakes competition in his eighth career stakes appearance
PATSY DEL GRECO – the 5 Year Old Bay Gelding boasts an impressive 17 times first or second in 28 career starts and has been off the board only three times in his career in 19 Local appearances, twice at the stakes level and once in his last start
JOEY DOVES – another that comes from far back, the 5 Year Old Brown Gelding has recorded just one victory in the past year while finishing behind PARTYZAPPER and IMPAZIBLE in the February version of this race
STREET INVASION – the 4 Year Old Roan Colt gave way late to finish 2nd in his last start ahead of a laboring BOBBY LUPO but only made the list of Also Ran’s in the February Local Championship
DARK TEA LEAVES – the 5 Year Old Bay Mare is making her 35th career appearance; lone victory in almost 2 years came at the claiming level three starts back against a small field
SEEKING BIG GOLD – recently claimed for $30k, it is clear the 5yo’s new connections had Local Championship races on this Gelding’s agenda; equally effective on both surfaces, the son of Big Brown returns to the Dirt seeking his first stakes victory
EMCEE BATTLES – the 4yo Gelding has all the earmarks of a horse finding his best stride and was a good second to OMEGA BLOCK TB in his last start, a key race that featured many of this field’s top runners
ONE OUT NOW – the 4 Year Old Bay Colt by Midas Touch returns to a route where he is 9 of 18 lifetime off a pair of sprint preps; the NY product will have to improve greatly to reverse his 11th place finish in the February edition of this feature
PARTYZAPPER – 15 of 17 ITM around two turns, the 4yo son of Desert Party rarely turns in a dull effort and has the advantage of finishing ahead of many of these in the February Local Championship
The top contenders in this field emerge from two key races, the February 9 Local Championship Stakes in Vermont, and an Allowance prep in New York on September 15. The February 9 Local Championship Stakes saw PARTYZAPPER, IMPAZIBLE, and JOEY DOVES finish within 2 ½ lengths of one another while MOB KILL, STREET INVASION, BUST N’ SKULLS ONE, and ONE OUT NOW finished further back in the field.
The New York Allowance introduced OMEGA BLOCK TB and EMCEE BATTLES to this group where they finished one, two respectively defeating PARTYZAPPER, JOEY DOVES and a much further back PATSY DEL GRECO.
The unknown factor in this field comes in the way of AL TOON, the 3yo that won an Open Allowance race against non-local bred’s in West Virginia on September 15. His nearly flawless record makes him a very dangerous newcomer to this field.
BALLY ROAD is an improving Colt with his best races in front of him.
EMCEE BATTLES – must outstep OMEGA BLOCK TB then needs to find running room in twenty horse field
OMEGA BLOCK TB – the one to beat
AL TOON – the 3yo might just be that good