Having said that, today’s feature is for state-breds under secondary allowance conditions or $50,000 optional claiming at six furlongs. Given the amount of early speed signed on, it appears to mid-moving late runners hold a clear edge here; Can’t Refuse (5-1) and Five Towns (7-2).
Can’t Refuse is getting some class relief here, returning to a level at which he has been most effective. The five year old gelding has been suffering through a series of tough trips now also benefits from a return to the inner turf, over which he’s been most effective. He retains Rajiv Maragh for trainer Randi Persaud, in the midst of a career meet.
Five Towns is a turf sprint specialist that has been more effective going a bit shorter. However, she makes her debut for Christophe Clement, the turf ace who’s extremely effective with returnees coming off layups of 90 days or longer. He’s been using Alan Garcia almost exclusively of late, and that’s the case here. As a four year old, his newly found maturity should spell improvement, as does his move back into state-bred company.
Taking Can’t Refuse to win at 4-1 or greater and an exacta box with Five Towns.
Running Totals: (221) 71-46-24. Total Dollar Return: $440.10 [win selections only]