At Keeneland (seen here) this Friday we have a GI Turfer for you, in the Maker Mark Mile Stakes for 4yos & up for a GI type purse of $300,000!
Keeneland always draws top-turfing-talent for its Spring meet every year and this field of 8 top-flight turf runners is no exception!
So lets meet and greet this elite field of turfers, starting with the morning line favorite here at 8/5 in Court Vision.
The 6yo Court Vision is out for his first run of the 2011 season with his last outing coming at Hollywood Park in the GI Citation Hcp last Nov., where he finished 4th. Court Vision will run in his 16th straight GI contest with 4 of them being wins! So he is no stranger on big-time turfing. So out of respect, we think a place in you tri’s and supers would befits his resume, just remember it is his first trip of the year and there is still some wintering on his bones, so don’t look for a win here!
At 7/2 is Get Stormy. This one is a multiple graded stakes winner with a passion for early speed. Loves to run this mile distance too but has trouble winning at the GI level. His last outing was the GI Gulfstream Park Turf Hcp where he finished a good 3rd. So you can start him in your tri’s and supers too!
At 9/2 is Society’s Chairman another wily veteran of the graded turfing ranks. His last outing was a very good 2nd in the GIII Canadian At Gulfstream this Feb. He also finished 3rd in this race last year and a good 2nd to Gio Ponti here in the Shadwell Mile last fall. So tri’s and supers for him too as he takes another crack at the GI ceiling!
At 5/1 are a pair of our favorite turf-runners in Furthest Land and Working for Hops!
Furthest Land was a holy terror in 2009 winning 5 of 6 including the B/C dirt mile title, but 2010 saw no board hits at all as he started to look like the horse that came out of the claiming box for the Ramsey’s. In 2011, his seen something of a resurgence with a win and a 3rd in two very high-powered Gulfstream Aoc’s! Is he back? Well super him at least!
Working for Hops was one of last year’s 3yo turfing’s rising super-stars along with Paddy O’Prado. This year, so far, he has but a pair of 4th showings in the Fair Grounds two biggest Hcp turf races of their just completed season! Hop’s will have to win us back here with a strong performance or sit in the super box for the rest of the season. No rust here, so super him up!
At 12/1, 15/1 and 20/1 are the final trio of turf runner for this GI outing in Zif Zaf, Bim Bam and Turallure respectively!
Zif Zaf does have G/S experience in his last 3 outing with just a 3rd in the GII Fourstardave Hcp at Saratoga last summer! We think maybe his a super fill and 12/1 sounds about right here. You might try him in a super but we wouldn’t in this top-flight field!
Bim Bam was another 3yo rising star last year but in 2011 has shown us nothing and nothing is probably a good bet here on him!
Turallure stair-stepped his way up the turfing food-chain last year to finish out the season with a good 3rd in the GIII Commonwealth at Churchill last Nov. We think that 20/1 would look really fine in a super play for you in this turfing dust-up!
So Court Vision, Get Stormy and Society’s Chairman make great sense in your first-tier thinking followed up by Hop’s and Furthest Land then Turallure to sweeten up your supers! Sounds to use like a recipe for winning here.
So Keeneland opens up its GI turfing season with some really good names who’ll put on a good show for us here in the GI Maker Mark Mile Stakes!