Deputy Minister: Close five-runner sprint
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Published: 2007-02-02 19:21:56
Gulfstream Park 3 Feb: Only five go to post but Globeform ratings show that you can only discount one.
It is a tricky contest, the Deputy Minister Handicap (G3), staged over 6.5 furlongs on the main track. If Kelly’s Landing runs as well as he did to win the Mr Prospector (G3), then he will win it . Probably. If Sir Greeley, so game against Chatain in the Hal’s Hope (G3), runs to his best he can win it. Probably.
If the 4-year-old Keyed Entry can regain his career best form he could win it. Possibly. Then we have High Finance, who closed well when second in the Mr Prospector. If he keeps on like that for the extra sixteenth of a mile, he might win it. Perhaps.
THE DEPUTY MINISTER HCAP (G3)
Gulfstream Park 3 February 2007 – 6.5 furlongs turf
Runners ranked based on best Globeform ratings,
Top ranked horse on 100, with others ranked down in
Pounds (1 length = 3lbs). Horses listed with sire / rider
100 – SIR GREELEY (Mr. Greeley) K Desormeaux
..99 – KELLY’S LANDING (Patton) E Prado
..99 – KEYED ENTRY (Honor and Glory) J Velazquez
..97 – HIGH FINANCE (Talk Is Money) R Bejarano
..88 – NAR (Northern Afleet) J Castellano
A tough race to call, despite the small field, but recent form points to Kelly’s Landing. He is only a pound worse off at the weights with High Finance, after beating that rival readily by 1 ¼ lengths in the 6-furlong Mr Prospector Handicap (G3) here in January. Kelly’s Landing produced his career best, he has also won over 6.5 furlongs, and he has a good chance of following up.
Sir Greeley looms as the danger, though he would have been even better off over seven panels. He was not quite at his best, though still really game in defeat, when second to Donn runner Chatain in the Hal’s Hope (G3) here in January. Sir Greeley’s best form to date was his win in the Westchester Handicap (G3) over a mile at Belmont Park last May, when he outbattled Love of Money to win by ¾ length.
Keyed Entry, a sharp, sharp juvenile and a colt who began his 3yo season in good style too, but was ’messed up’ by the Kentucky Derby dream, makes an interesting comeback. He has speed, and sprinting is almost certainly his game, though it must also be noted that his best runs last year came on sloppy tracks.
A: 4 KELLY’S LANDING
B: 5 SIR GREELEY
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