The 6 ½ furlong Phoenix will go as the eighth race on the nine race card with post time set for 12:10 pm.
The Phoenix is a competitive dash gathering of stakes tested mares and up and coming 3-year-olds, plus a hint of local budding stars squaring off against resume credentialed imports.
The locally based Dreamy Gal, coming off double stakes tallies in the Princess of Palms and Cactus Flower Stakes for trainer Molly Pearson is tagged the 9-5 morning line favorite. The remarkably consistent 5-year-old Ez Dreamer mare for owner John Pendergast, has been in the money in 6 of 7 starts with four wins at Turf.
Dreamy Gal likes to set the tempo of the race. But then so does the well-traveled Kool Kate (5-1), New Mexico shipper Tee Em Eye (8-1) and northwest based Killarney Lass (6-1), who is making her first start at Turf for fourth ranked trainer Frank Lucarelli.
With a fast paced assured, one is tempted to scout for a mid-packer or closer.
Good Luck to You (8-1), whose past 12 starts have been against stakes company, likes to keep the front runners insight and then pounce. The tactic has played well for Canadian-based trainer Phil Hall, given the 5-year-old mare has been in the money in 15 of 25 outings with six victories.
Northwest Factor (3-1) is a perfect 2-for-2 at Turf for trainer Steve Bullock against optional claimers and shows versatility to lay close to the pace or to make one late run.
Can a brilliant maiden winning 3-year-old repeat that race against stakes tested company? Trainer Dan McFarlane thinks she can, as Ever Vigilant (12-1), who’s coming off an in-hand, nearly 12-length romp takes on these battle tested fillies and mares. The daughter of Eddington has worked brilliantly since that impressive outing, turning in a fifth best of 23 workers of 1:00.1 for 5 furlongs Dec. 4, followed by a third best of 26 of :59 flat for 5 furlongs Dec. 14. Although this is quite a step up for Ever Vigilant at what will be surely be descent odds, it may be worth a few bucks to find out.