The likely post time favorite will be the rapidly developing Summer Patriot whose performance figures indicates he’s never taken a backward step on grass. He had his doubters when stepped up in class and distance at Saratoga but justified Barclay Tagg’s optimism and turf training acumen with a comprehensive victory. Following that came a game third-place effort when stepped up to the G1 level in Belmont’s Turf Classic. Moving forward again, he sheds 10 important pounds in this matchup as well as dropping one graded level. He’s been working lights out and switches to the patient Javier Castellano.
Another rapid developer is the four-year-old Strike A Deal who comes off the fastest performance figure among last-out efforts, albeit against weaker at a shorter route. But when given the opportunity, he moved forward figure-wise when stretched to this distance in the G1 United Nations this past summer and just missed catching a loose leader. Trainer Alan Goldberg is profitable in his career with all turf starters. Veteran turf and pace ace C. C. Lopez takes the re-ride.
But we’ll take any value available on the German marathoner Lauro, whose poised for a forward move in his third start off nearly a two-year absence, showing marked improvement after adding Lasix. The five-year-old has proven remarkably versatile, not only in terms of running style but in his ability to handle any footing. Trainer Andreas Wohler has enjoyed success when shipping to North America and attracts regular stable rider Starke. Lauro has a worthy (4) 2-2-0 slate at today’s distance.
Betting Lauro to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with his main rivals here.
Running Totals: (307) 94-63-39 Total Dollar Return: $628.00 [win selections only]