Four horses look the most interesting, from the inside, out: Centaurus, Prince Rahy, Santa’s Gold and Americaner.
Centaurus ran as if he needed his U.S. debut last out. He didn’t flash any speed until much too late but has come back to work well since for Saaed bin Suroor who’s a profitable 29 percent with his turf runners. Jean Luc Samyn rides him back from post 2.
Prince Rahy is arguably the fastest horse on performance figures and his last equaled his lifetime best effort. The problem is that he comes back on short rest with another rider, even if it is the turf-hot Kent Desormeaux. A repeat effort would win this but that’s a tough call.
Americaner boasts a bounce/rebound pattern and should move forward after being pitched high in a recent stakes. Trainer Bernardo Callejas is a profitable 15 percent for a career and is very effective with his allowance types. Cornelio Velasquez rides.
But we’re taking Santa’s Gold who poised for a top effort. The developing four-year-old never has taken a backward step on turf and in Stanley Hough has a trainer showing a lifetime profit at this track. Javier Castellano is four for his last 16 for this barn and is profitable for his career on grass.
Drawn in mid-pack, Santa’s Gold has enough tactical speed with kick to get home with a good trip.
Taking Santa’s Gold to win, no price restrictions, and keying him with the other three contenders in all trifecta positions.
Running Totals: (58) 29-12-9 Dollar Return: $168.10 [win selections only, does not include Thursday’s results]