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Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 3 Spiral Stakes comes our way from Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky this Saturday, March 21. A group of three year olds will be after the winner's share of the $550,000 purse and the 50 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby May 2 when they go 1 1/8 miles on Turfway Park's All Weather Track.
A capacity field of 12 will give it a go in the Spiral Stakes - race 11 on Turfway Park's busy Saturday card. Post time is 6:28 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all 12 entries for this important Grade 3 stakes.
Royal Son - Todd Pletcher trained colt has five career starts with two wins and two second place finishes - his only off the board finish came in his only graded stakes action - the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs January 31. He is coming off a terrific 5 1/4 length win in on this very track in the listed John Battaglia Memorial Stakes with a field best 103 BRIS Speed rating and he did have a maiden score three back - January 8 at Gulfstream Park. Royal Son has won two of his last three starts overall and will have Rodney Prescott in the saddle of the 7-2 morning line favorite from the rail.
Metaboss - Jeff Bonde trained colt made his graded stakes debut last time out and took down the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby by 2 1/2 lengths after finally breaking maiden January - at Santa Anita January 4 in his fourth career start - both wins coming at this distance. Before that were a second in a MSW at Del Mar in November and an OK fourth in the minor Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes at Santa Anita November 1. Metaboss has placed in four of five career starts and has improved every time out. He will try to keep an impressive run going from post 11 as the 4-1 second choice with Alex Solis in the reins.
Imperia - Kiaran McLaughlin trained colt won the Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park in September and went on to a tenth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. He enters off a fifth in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds February 21 which followed a respectable second in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes in November. Imperia has a win and a second in four career graded stakes starts but has been a tad inconsistent against top competition. Joel Rosario hopes to cure all of that at 4-1 odds from gate 6 Saturday - if he does indeed race.
Conquest Typhoon - Mark Casse pupil started his career with second place finishes in his first two races including minor Clarendon Stakes in July at Woodbine. He went on to a nice win in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes September, was second behind International Star in the Grade 2 Grey Stakes October 5 and finished a respectable fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Last time out was an OK third in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate which followed his second graded stakes score - the Grade 3 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar November 30. Conquest Typhoon is the most experienced of all the entries, is listed at 5-1 on the morning line and should be in the mix Saturday although he is 0-for-3 on synthetic. Mike Smith has the mount from post 9.
Another Lemon Drop - Philip Bauer pupil has two wins, a second and a third place finish in six career starts. He enters off a respectable second as favorite in the listed Black Gold Stakes at Fair Grounds February 28, a fourth behind International Star in the Grade 4 LeComte Stakes January 17 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score December 19. Another Lemon Drop looks for his first stakes win in his first start in synthetic Saturday from post 5 with Drayden Van Dyke aboard. He is listed at 6-1 odds
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Dubai Sky - impressive Bill Mott trained colt will try to make it four wins in a row Saturday as he steps into graded stakes company for the first time. Last time out was a win in the minor Kitten's Joy Stakes at Gulfstream January 24 after an Allowance Optional Claiming win and a maiden score in his second career start. Jose Lezcano has been tabbed with keeping the roll going from post 12 as the 8-1 sixth choice on the morning line.
Wireless Future - has three wins in five career starts for trainer Thomas Amoss - all three coming in his last three starts. He makes his stakes debut off an Allowance score, a win in an Allowance Optional Claiming January 8 and a maiden score in December - all results at Fair Grounds. Florent Geroux will be in charge of this intriguing colt from gate 4 looking to maintain the upward trend at 12-1 on the morning line.
Firespike -has a couple of stakes wins in his seven race career - none of the graded stakes variety. He won the listed Juvenile Stakes at Gulfstream Park West in November and the minor OBS Championship Stakes at Ocala Training Center January 27 but has mixed in some disappointing results as well - a fifth last time out in the minor John Battaglia Stakes last time out on this track, a sixth in the minor Pulpit Stakes November 29 and a seventh in the Breeders' Futurity in October. Miguel Mena will ride hoping to get a little consistency going - from post 10 at 20-1 odds.
Watchyourownbobber - Michael Maker trainee will make his stakes debut Saturday having recorded two wins and a third place finish in five career starts. He enters on a two race win streak - an Allowance Optional Claiming last time out February 8 and a Maiden Claiming December 18 - both results at Gulfstream Park. He looks ready for his step up in competition and will have Rajiv Maragh aboard from post 3 at 20-1.
Magic of Believing - Kenneth McPeek trained colt broke maiden in his fifth career start - at Oaklawn Park January 31 and followed that with an Allowance score February 19. He makes his stakes debut Saturday in decent form and will have Shane Laviolette in the reins from post 7 at 20-1 on the morning line.
Task Force Glory - has just one win in seven career starts for trainer Michael Maker - a maiden score three back in his fourth career start. He followed that with a second in an Allowance optional Claiming January 14 and a sixth last time out in the listed John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on this track February 29. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday from gate 8 with Rafael Manuel Hernandez guiding him at 30-1 on the morning line.
Big Family - has a win, a second and a third place finish in four career starts for trainer Gustavo Delgado. He enters off a second place finish in an Allowance Optional Claiming February 22 and a respectable third in the Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes on that same track January 24. Albin Jiminez will ride the 30-1 shot from post 2.