Exotics Plays for the Krantz Memorial Stakes

January 18th, 2024

A total of nine fillies and mares will travel 1 1/16 miles on the Fair Grounds sod in the $100,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial S. on Saturday. I’ll take a shot with the less fancied of the McPeek duo in the field in searching for value. 

Marie G. Krantz Exotics

#7 Unbridled Mary (10-1) makes a second start since being purchased at auction in the fall and makes the move back to the lawn following a third-place run on the main oval in her debut for her new connections. A stakes heroine in a five-furlong turf dash last campaign, the five-year-old daughter of Maclean’s Music is proven to be capable of running with this type and I love the move to run long once again in her second try off the layoff. 

The $220,000 purchase has the early speed to sit just off of the leaders early on, and I envision her being the one to catch in the lane at a nice price. David Cohen has the riding assignment atop the value choice. 

#9 Tufani (5-2) has looked the part in driving home a powerful winner in two straight affairs on the course, led by a fine victory in the Pago Hop S. here last time out. Trained by Michael Stidham, the four-year-old has never been better and possesses the turn of foot to run her foes off of their proverbial feet late with another move forward on Saturday. The Virginia-bred gray will retain the services of Ben Curtis in the silks and likely make one run from well off of the early tempo on this occasion. 

#1 Lovely Princess (3-1) held sway late in bagging the Blushing K. D. S. on the surface at 7-10 odds in her most recent effort. The Kenny McPeek pupil has been consistently good while facing black-type performers on six straight occasions, and the five-year-old draws well on the inside to receive a ground-saving voyage, as well. Joel Rosario will be in the irons atop the talented Twirling Candy mare.