The feature that starts the NYRA racing week is not particularly challenging, nor will it be rewarding if from holds. But we might get a good look at a promising three-year-old, at least.

On paper, trying to beat Mr. Fantasy in this preliminary allowances sprint would be disingenuous. We’re not going to try. Simply stated, he ran a whole in the wind in his only start, earning a figure that would win many sprint stakes, much less a maiden race.

Early line odds of 1-5 almost seem justified.

The McLaughlin barn has been on a tear locally and Alan Garcia leaves balmy South Florida to come up for the ride--obviously he doesn’t this colt to get too far away from him. The E Dubai colt has been away 31 days which should be sufficient.

Legal Consent (4-1), already a stakes winner vs. state-bred company and a colt who has earned excellent sprint figures, is the one to beat coming off a recent game placing with Ramon Dominguez on the re-ride for Carlos Martin.

Mr. Fantasy is the win selection, without price restrictions, and the only real life play would be a cold exacta with Legal Consent which, should it succeed, might set a record for the lowest exacta payoff in New York history. As they say, it is what it is.


Running Totals: (351) 107-71-47 Total Dollar Return: $753.80 [win selections only]