It’s a nice little heat, a preliminary allowances/optional $75,000 claiming for three-year-olds at a mile and 70 yards. We’ll concentrate our analysis on, from the rail, out: Mint Lane (5-2), Holidaze (4-1) and Globalization (9-5).
Mint Lane was monstrous with the addition of Lasix last time out for Jimmy Jerkens. His energy distribution improved markedly, picking up the tempo while front running throughout. That’s pretty strong stuff, especially considering it was his third lifetime start, second rounding two turns, and he had trouble soon after the break. He’s had five weeks since that good-figure effort to recover, has worked purposefully, and his pedigree indicates that distance racing is his game. Norberto Arroyo Jr. takes the re-ride.
Holidaze looks extremely well meant. Reuniting with Ramon Dominguez, aboard for a strong but stretch-troubled third two starts back, he’s trying a route for the first time. As a son of Harlan’s Holiday, that shouldn’t be a problem, especially at this trip. His figures have improved over this surface since returning from a layup and the barn is especially good in this scenario. Note that the Pletcher outfit is 30% effective when stretching out off consecutive sprints and 32% with third-time starts off a layoff. Strong stats, those.
Globalization impressed as a promising juvenile last fall. When last seen he was beaten off in the Juvenile but he had been competitive with Tale of Akati and War Pass in his first two lifetime starts. Those colts need no introduction, obviously, and this colt looked good breaking his maiden by open lengths when stretched to a mile. He comes off a bullet work at Palm Meadows and ships north in what might be a prep for the Gotham later on. But we think he’s worth trying to beat in his return at a short price.
Taking Mint Lane to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him in exactas first and second with his two main rivals here.
Running Totals: (173) 62-37-19. Total Dollar Return: $387.20 [win selections only]
Ed. Note: In the event of a NYRA suspension of racing beginning Feb. 14, the feature race analysis will shift to Gulfstream Park in the interim.