Returning from layups going long is one of trainer Jim Bond’s strengths; going short not so much. But Zipperoo (5-1) has run well in the past when fresh, the workouts are very steady, the performance figures excellent, he’s nicely drawn inside and attracts Rajiv Maragh’ all plusses. Further, he has a pace edge which should help at this trip.
Scary Bob (8-1) is a very fast old pro shipping south for the prolific Chris Englehart. We’re seen this act before as the 7-year-old gelding has had success on this surface and is reuniting with speed ace C C Lopez, who rode him effectively here last winter. He ships down sharp and it’s important to note that his trainer is 39 percent efficient with horses seeking to repeat. You can bet that Lopez will put his mount right off the right hip of the Bond entrant.
Will Gary Contessa work his magic with Wolfson (4-1)? It’s his time of year and the right scenario as the 3-year-old makes his debut for this barn, a profitable 22 percent occurrence. But of greater significance is that he fit’s the race shape here as there appears to be no shortage of early speed. Nicely positioned outside, Pablo Morales, who’s riding winners for this barn, particularly of late, is a strong finisher.
But we'll take the value to win on Scary Bob at 9-2 or more, keying him first and second in exactas and trifectas with his rivals here.
Running Totals: (322) 97-66-44. Total Dollar Return: $680.80 [win selections only]