Holland's North American Free Racing Picks for Oct. 14th
Tim Holland offers his picks for North American racing at Keeneland, Monmouth Park, and Indiana Grand.
Maidens on turf include #2 Palamos (8-1), a debuting daughter of Blame who is a full sister to Mrs. Sippy, winner of the Glen Falls (G2). 3-year-old has been working forwardly and trainer Motion wins with 10% of his first-time starters and with 14% of his runners on grass. Filly is likely ready for a good first outing with Leparoux riding.
#8 Here Comes Josie (15-1) is a debuting daughter of Flatter and a half-sister to Maximus Mischief, who won the Remsen (G2). Trainer Walsh wins with a slightly-low 8% of his first-time starters, but saddled a winning newcomer recently at this meet. Chestnut posted a solid 4-furlong work in :48 1/5 from the gate four days ago, and $120K weanling purchase is worth a look at decent odds with Lanerie in the irons.
Trainer Trombetta wins with 17% of his runners that have not raced for 46-90 days and saddles #10 Newstome (15-1), who was last seen when unplaced in the Tom Ridge S. on the all-weather surface at Presque Isle in August. Son of Goldencents has won two of five starts on regular dirt, including a stakes at this distance at Laurel last year, and has been working well for Trombetta, who has won with 24% of his runners at this meet. Gray can be stalking the early pace under Gallardo, who has won with two of his last eight rides for the barn.
Maidens sprinting on grass include #3 Chakra (12-1), who comes off a fifth-place finish in an even effort in her debut over the course and distance last month. Daughter of Munnings is a half-sister to three winners on grass and trainer Pitts wins with 11% of her second-time starters. Filly may show more here with Franklin retaining the mount.