El Sultry Sun (3-1) wouldn’t be the first turf horse to ship to Colonial Downs and encounter a soft course which can be very difficult to negotiate. He made a mid-race move off a slow pace before retreating, never a serious threat. He’s better than that, as he showed winning two overnight stakes previously and was a good third in the Grade 3 Calder Derby despite a rough trip breaking from the extreme outside in a field of 11. He reunites with Kent Desormeaux, his pilot at Calder. He is a very deserving favorite.
In terms of development, Run Sully Run (4-1) is not that far behind. He’s been very competitive in stakes, both overnighters and graded events, and finished only a length behind the favorite in the aforementioned Calder Derby and closer than that in a recent Monmouth listed stakes. Subsequent to that effort, he’s been working rapidly at the Shore now ships in for Cam Gambolati, winning at a profitable 21 percent rate for the year and tapping Edgar Prado for today’s assignment. “Sully” carries 118 pounds vs. the favorite’s 123.
Taking Run Sully Run to win at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with El Sultry Sun. Trifecta players add So It Goes (20-1) and Dynochracy (10-1) to the mix.
Running Totals: (233) 73-49-27. Total Dollar Return: $450.10 [win selections only]