If Halation can run back to his latest on this course, at this distance, early line odds of 12-1 would be a steal. That’s, of course, if he can catch early favorite, Iron Curtain (3-1).
It wasn’t so much that he won his 3-year-old debut earning a good performance figure, but he did it stylishly as if going through his conditions while sprinting on grass would be routine. Well drawn again beneath Javier Castellano, the gelding stretches out a furlong, which should enable him to relax near the lead no matter what the fractions, even dictate them if conditions are suitable. Trainer Steve Klesaris is 26 percent profitable second off that layup and recent maiden winners also are very effective winning right back. Klesaris has won half of his four starts at the meet.
It’s hard to project that we’ll get a repeat effort from Halation. But guessing at 12-1 can be rewarding in the long term. Always under restraint while within striking range under Jean Luc Samyn, he dropped back entering the turn as if he were done, then made a strong late rally down the center of the course for the maiden win. It was newcomer David Prine his first career win and it came at odds of 72-1. Perhaps there’s some value left in those scenarios. I would be less than enthusiastic if front bandages, taken off last time, are back on today.
Taking Halation to win at 8-1 or greater, an exacta box with Iron Curtain, and in a trifecta mix with turf debuting Yukon Gold Rush (4-1).
Running Totals: (217) 69-46-24. Total Dollar Return: $427.30 [win selections only]