So much for better days.
Today’s renewal drew six entrants and four could be rated as serious contenders. We’ll concentrate on three: Hunting (9-5), Barcola (6-1) and Marital Asset (5-2).
Hunting is common off a career best, an incremental and not explosive one, meaning that there may just be more to come here. He finished with a flourish to win the Stuyvesant three weeks ago following a switch to Alan Garcia, who rides him back here. As a 4-year-old, this late developer still has some upside and Shug McGaughey finally might be tapping into this colt’s potential. With all the speed signed on here, the race shape couldn’t suit him any better.
Barcola is by definition the fastest here on performance figures. His lifetime best, significantly, came on this winter surface, over which he is 1-for-1. This 4-year-old always was well regarded by his connections and on some afternoons he’s positively brilliant. His last was a bit of a clunker, but if figured to be. Now back on his proven favorite surface, he’s is drawn inside the other speeds and gets a switch to the aggressive Eibar Coa. He’s certain to be live here.
Marital Asset used to be in the same barn as Barcola, Mark Hennig’s. But Edward Evans made the switch to Anthony Dutrow for a fall and winter campaign and this 4-year-old is 2-for-2. Since those efforts came sprinting at Philly Park, it’s hard to know how he will react here. But his figures improved dramatically for the white-hot Dutrow (duh) and he meets far better stock on the rise in class and distance today. The equally hot Ramon Dominguez rides.
We must take the rapid Barcola at odds of 7-2 or more, keying him first and second in exactas with his two main rivals listed, and first and second in trifecta, adding old pro Evening Attire to the mix.
Running Totals: (144) 53-30-16. Total Dollar Return: $318.40 [win selections only]