Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The One and Only Dos Lunas
Today’s Keeneland feature, a secondary allowances for older fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth on the Keeneland turf course, boasts an evenly matched group and the question for us is twofold:
Do we take the fastest horse by definition, the filly coming off a lengthy layoff for Chris Clement whose Equiform figures are clearly faster than the group on her best go, or one with recency who’s repeating a favorable stretchout pattern and has raced well on this course?
Clement’s Blue Maiden (2-1) with the meet’s leading rider, Julien Leparoux, was competitive in graded competition in California and owns a win at today’s trip. But we will side with Dos Lunas (5-2) who reunites with Jon Court whose patience suits this filly well.
The clincher, however, including her ground saving position is the fact that she earned an excellent performance figure on this ground when narrowly beaten here, a neck loss behind redoubtable Winter Memories. Court’s patience will be needed and hopefully will pay dividends in this spot.
Taking Dos Lunas to win at early line odds or greater and keying her in money positions with the favorite and sharp working Startling Beauty (7-2). Super exotic players can add Gorder-trained returnee Maid of Silver (7-2) to their mix.
Running Totals: (1066) 328-209-158 Total Dollar Return: $2,259.20 [win selections only]