Today’s fifth race on the Hallandale lawn for older optional/preliminary allowance types appears loaded with live contenders.
Chad Brown saddles a pair that could win it, including favorite Delahaye (5-2) who broke maiden with style in his NY finale at 3.
And Jimmy Toner sends out Texas Shuffle (4-1) who has improved and sports solid figures on the Thoro Graph scale since the barn change. He’s 26% efficient when giving a leg up to Jorge Ruiz.
Leading trainer Saffie Joseph send out a pair of 10-1 chances and of these two, Pawky is preferred.
Exiting a key race stakes and freshened awaiting this meet, Pawky repeats a winning synth-to-turf pattern, is better drawn than his mate and gets the services of stable mainstay Edgard Zayas.
Couple those with a 26% strike rate with 90-days + layups, and a perfect distance mark of 2-for-2 and a harp 3F blowout that was sixth fastest of 40 peers to work the week of JAN 26 and he is worthy play.
Taking Pawky to win at 5-1 or greater, and key boxing trifectas 1-2 with the Brown pair including mate Party On Girl (7-2), Texas Shuffle, and the “other” Saffie, Tamarindo, with Tyler in the boot.