Friday’s featured 8th race for allowance types looks exceedingly live and lots of angles abound with trainers entering horses whose profiles have worked for them in the past.
But when you find one that’s fastest of the group, lightly raced with upset, and coming off a difficult trip from the pole in its second start and first against winners, you have a particularly interesting prospect.
And you find him at the iconic Moose Lodge (7-2).
Not only is he bred to be fast on both sides of his pedigree, as demonstrated in rapidly run debut, but in trainer Ben W Perkins Jr. you find one that’s profitable when he ships in, batting at 18% in this scenario this season.
Further, Perkins is in the midst of a tremendous year, a 21% strike rate which makes him profitable for 2020. Since his last at Monmouth, he boasts and series of bullet works and adds Trevor McCarthy for good measure.
As stated, this looks like a live race, so we’ll take Moose Lodge straight at no lower than 5-2 and will him him first and second in trifectas with Abuelo Paps (6-1), who likes Laurel and second in his lone try at this trip, craftily spotted Royal Crusader (8-1), and solidly placed Strong Courageous (4-1).