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Zipse At The Track

Comma to the Top can do on short rest

While most eyes will be on the Gotham today at the Big A, the card also boasts two other graded stakes. Second of the three will be the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap. The 6 furlong test goes as today’s 9th race and features a clash between a pair of California invaders against a field of Eastern sprinters. One of those shippers, Comma to the Top, happens to be among the fastest horses in the nation, and is my strong pick to snare his first win of 2013.

Comma to the Top, a winner of 11 of 27 lifetime, comes East just one week after a bang-up effort in the Grade 2 San Carlos. Doing all the dirty work that day, the five-year-old gelding was part of a contested early pace that featured a sub- :44 half. He was able to shake free briefly before succumbing to a pair of talented stretch runners. The ¾ of a length loss in the seven furlong race was every bit as good as it looks on paper. In the Tom Fool, he looks to be the speed of the speed and draws an advantageous inside post position to flaunt his talent. Just in case there is pressure early, Comma to the Top has demonstrated the ability to also stalk and go as well. While it is never easy to ship cross country and win a graded stake, in the Tom Fool, I believe he is making a step down in class and I look for him to show his class and his heels to his competition today. Joel Rosario picks up the mount for trainer, Peter Miller. His top competition may well come from the other Californian. Smash has made only one start in the past 14 months for trainer Bob Baffert, but is a colt with significant talent. That return race was solid, finishing just over a length behind the top pick. His one previous trip East resulted in a solid performance at Calder back in 2011. He might be the only that can match Comma to the Top on talent. Of the East Coast contingent, Off the Jak is the one that interests me most. The gelding is coming in off career best form in Florida, including a sharp score two starts back in the Sunshine Millions Sprint. New York-bred, Head Heart Hoof also comes in on career best form, but might find this new competition a little tougher than he is accustomed. 
 
 
 

 

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Congrats cocoa. I'm so happy for you that Comma To The Top won.
Such a game effort to win after looking like he was fighting for third at one point.
I'm with you here Brian.
The change in temperature will be a big change for CTTT. Hopefully he wins this and takes a route to the Vosburgh and Met Mile
West v. East -- Could be a big day today for the always dangerous Rudy Rodriguez with Head Heart Hoof and Vyjack in the Gotham, especially on his home track. Parboo is another trainer to fear.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
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A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.