Thursday's fifth race at GP West (Calder) is down to seven runners with the scratch of Little United (4).
Several of those left in have upside potential. They are 2-YO fillies racing at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, with a $28,000 purse and a $35,000 optional claiming price.
We like Takin It Easy, trained and owned by David Fawkes. She is a daughter of the late turf great Leroidesanimaux and is making her second career start.
On Sept. 29 at Gulfstream Park she won her debut by 5 1/2 lengths after tracking the pace. She won in a solid 1:31.53 for 7 1/2 furlongs on a firm course. Eddie Castro has the return mount.
In Wednesday's tenth and finale, Fawkes sent out the maiden 2-YO Sisters Bold to victory. He co-owns that horse with two of his assistants.
Shack Up (1), with Tyler Gaffalione riding for Mark Casse, and Deputy Dora, with Paco Lopez riding for Larry Bates, figure big in the mix and also should be coming from off the pace.
On Oct. 14 at GP West they finished second and third, respectively, under today's conditions at 7 1/2 furlongs. Queen Del Valle won that race for her third victory and is not eligible for today's race.
Little Shades (8), with Carlos Hernandez riding for the red-hot Carlo Vaccarezza barn, might be the lone early speed.
Ventina, with Luca Panici riding for Fawkes, also has a strong chance to hit the board.
All four of the horses mentioned above have one win in their short careers--all on turf.