Popularized 1960s and early 70s, “Power to the People” was a phrase that indicated a need for individuals to take control from governments and institutions. The phrase was a form of rebellion against what the youth perceived as the oppression by the older generation, especially “The Establishment”. Pro-democracy students used it to protest America’s military campaign in Vietnam. The Black Panthers used a variation of the slogan “All Power to the People” to protest the rich, ruling class domination of society.
The slogan “Power to the People” reverberates time and again, used by civil rights movements all over the world.
Ten Older Fillies and Mares will enter the Big Apple starting gate in the $100,000 ESR Power to the People Stakes to be run at Six Furlongs over the Dirt Course.
This week’s Residency feature, the $100,000 ESR Power to the People Stakes, is a rematch of the ESR Dirty Water Dog Stakes run in August of last year. Returning is the race winner ALPHABET CADET, ZIVSATIONAL, INTEREST SHARED, all of whom met last time out in the Shared Interest Stakes in December, and MISS ALFALFA. Toss in some new shooters and you have a wide-open sprint that is up for grabs.
The cadet trained ALPHABET CADET and trotter1 ZIVSATIONAL have met on three previous occasions, ZIVSATIONAL coming away with a one length gate to wire victory in the ESR Last of the Time Lords Stakes in June of 2017. ALPHABET CADET, after representing the ESR Residency in the 2018 Equinics, went on to turn the tables on ZIVSATIONAL in the ESR Dirty Water Dog Stakes before both fillies finished off the board in the Shared Interest Stakes in their last start. Both Mares have had outstanding careers and should be considered the horses to beat here on Saturday.
The less experienced, beisbol trained, INTEREST SHARED pressured ZIVSATIONAL at every turn in the ESR Dirty Water Dog Stakes, finishing ahead of ZIVSATIONAL and MISS ALFALFA and just 4 ½ lengths behind ALPHABET CADET. With a second place finish and a victory to follow at the Allowance level in her next two starts, a more experienced and improved runner was able to turn the tables on the three, finishing ahead of her ESR Dirty Water Dog rivals in the Shared Interest Stakes with a 4th place finish after setting the early fractions. That effort earns her high marks coming into this ESR feature.
The older MISS ALFALFA has recorded sprint victories at the ESR Stakes level in the past, and does display an early turn of foot, but the casino trainee does her best racing traveling around two turns and was unable to maintain the pressure in the ESR Dirty Water Dog Stakes finishing the furthest back of the four.
New shooter SOHO INVASION, the other half of the trotter1 entry, exits her first career stakes appearance in the Shared Interest Stakes LTO finishing in front of her stablemate ZIVSATIONAL, and just 1 length behind INTEREST SHARED. Expecting to improve off that effort, her 12-1 morning line odds make her an interesting betting prospect here on Saturday.
New to this group, but certainly not to ESR Stakes races, is the kingab trained ALL PEARLS. Although winless at a sprint, the New York-bred has done much of her racing away from the local scene, and with a great deal of success. The winner of four races in six starts at the local level, exits the Open-bred Tete Grand End Dirt Filly Mile in her last start as a 3yo with her best races in front of her and looks well poised to introduce herself to this field of New York bred Fillies and Mares.
The jetman trained 9 Year Old Chestnut Mare, ZAP THAT CAT, is probably the most interesting horse in this field and that is primarily because she hasn’t raced in over a year. Mostly a long distance Turf router, the senior member of this field is hard to endorse for both those reasons, but she has finished first or second in 17 of her 27 career starts, so she is no stranger to the winner’s circle. I’ll let you make that call, but even 13-1 seems a little underwhelming against these.
LEMONNY JONES has been a hard hitting sprinter for the francua racing stables and will be making her first appearance as a 4yo in her first career stakes. This race could launch a very successful career at the local level for this determined filly, but for now she appears a step slower than her featured rivals this time around.
The kody trained IHATENAMINGHORSES has been quite successful at cashing a paycheck, 18 times in 25 career outings, and would be happy to add one more to that equation. The versatile veteran is looking for her first victory in almost 2 years and being assigned the morning line odds of 15-1 to get the job done desinates me a spectator rather than an investor.
Spending her recent starts at the low claiming level, the ace trained PUNKIN EFFINEX earns the dubious distinction of stepping into the starting gate at the odds of 134-1…that isn’t a typo. She does have only 10 career starts, so you never really know when that light will click on, the question is; how bright?
Handicapping the Field
ALPHABET CADET, ZIVSATIONAL, INTEREST SHARED, MISS ALFALFA and SOHO INVASION are all connected through one race or another. ZIVSATIONAL has her best races behind her. ALPHABET CADET is teetering on the wear and tear factor. MISS ALFALFA would prefer more distance, making INTEREST SHARED and SOHO INVASION the likeliest to emerge from this group.
ALL PEARLS is the new shooter that is most dangerous to the aforementioned group and is head and shoulders above the other newcomers.
ZAP THAT CAT is the unknown factor, but I’m not buying at 13-1.
LEMONNY JONES would surprise, and IHATENAMINGHORSES and IHATENAMINGHORSES are my easiest cross offs.
ALL PEARLS – has been facing better and should have little trouble handling these
INTEREST SHARED – is an improving sort who might be well up to the task
ALPHABET CADET – too hard to throw out against these