Holland's North American Free Plays for Dec. 2
Tim Holland has dived into three tracks on Wednesday, with selections for Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Turfway Park.
#7 Life in Shambles (4-1) comes off a fourth-place finish in an even effort over 6 1/2 furlongs at Gulfstream West early last month. That was his second start since being reclaimed by Peter Walder, and son of Broken Vow has a record of 4-2-1-0 on this oval. Walder has won with 20% of his runners this year, and gray should find a decent pace to close into under Lopez, who has won with two of his last six rides for the barn.
Tampa Bay Downs
#4 Kalu (5-1) makes his first start since returning to the Sweezey barn off a fourth-place finish at this level over 6 furlongs at Gulfstream West in mid-October. Sweezey has won with 13% of his runners this year and son of Ghostzapper has won two of his six starts on this oval. Gelding can be running late with Alvarado riding.
Trainer Proctor wins with 17% of his runners that have not raced for 90+ days and saddles #6 Three Sided Story (8-1), who has not raced since finishing a slightly unlucky fourth at Laurel over 14 months ago. Daughter of War Front is out of a full-sister to Peaceful, who won the Irish One Thousand Guineas (G1) and Proctor wins with 16% of his starters on turf. Filly can be along late with Castanon in the irons.
A competitive allowance includes #6 Dance or Stroll (8-1), who rallied from off the pace to win her latest over 6 furlongs at Presque Isle in early-October. Trainer Brooks wins with 16% of his runners that have not raced for 46-90 days, and consistent mare has a record of 23-11-4-2 on all-weather tracks. Daughter of Stroll should find a solid pace to help her closing run style with Bridgmohan riding.