We will concentrate on three, from the inside, out: Golden Strategy (10-1), Operation Red Dawn (8-1) and Sunshine Kid (12-1).
Golden Strategy ships up from Florida for the prolific Marty Wolfson, a true turf ace whose grass runners are profitable for his career as are his shippers. At 28 percent overall, Wolfson probably is enjoying a career year. Wolfson’s charge has run fast, has plenty of upside as a lightly raced four-year-old, showed potential in his only turf start, the G3 Kentucky Cup Turf at Kentucky Downs, and attracts Eddie Castro, Wolfson’s go-to guy when the rider was hanging his tack in Florida.
Operation Red Dawn has stayed home for Christophe Clement, who has shipped many of his top class runners West to Hollywood Park. He finished like a rocket despite altering course in the G3 Knickerbocker here while prepping for this, and the late developing five-year-old gelding appears to have been raced into top form. Channing Hill is an underrated young rider that knows the value of saving ground on grass.
Sunshine Kid is interesting on many levels. Ridden by Herb McCauley, thus far making a successful comeback by going 5-for-15 at this meet through Thursday’s races, Sunshine Kid ships over for John Gosden, who is a worthy 18 percent efficient when he ships back to the U.S. Sunshine Kid is a late developing three-year-old that’s been competitive in French group company and has handled all kinds of footing. His outside post can be a hindrance, of course, but it also might help him earn a covered-up trip, the preferred tack for European turf runners.
Taking Operation Red Dawn to win at 9-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with Golden Strategy and Sunshine Kid.
Running Totals: (128) 44-29-14. Total Dollar Return: $261.50 [win wagers only]