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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


In today’s N2X optional claiming feature going 7 furlongs, there’s a ship-in with all the earmarks of a trainer showing extreme confidence that her horse is so sharp it can handle a class rise and a better-venue change.

I was unaware of Mary Pattershall until Sanavi was entered at Laurel but her stats have earned my respect. She had a profitable 2019 with all runners, including a 22% efficiency rate when returning on two months rest and also profitable with repeaters. She gets them good; they stay good.

Claimed for $16,000 at Parx in September, the gelding returned two months later and, it’s not so much that Sanavi survived a bumping match squeezing through rivals in midstretch, it was the gelded 6-year-old’s sustained winning rally of nearly a half-mile. Horseplayers don’t see that every day.

Sanavi won on the rise to $25,000, at today’s distance, and is hiked up again here as Pattershall shoots for the $45,000 made available by the Maryland Jockey Club in this Friday afternoon sprint.

The pace table should be set up for him but if necessary can take advantage of a modicum of tactical speed and an advantageous wide draw. Mychel Sanchez, who won four races on Sanavi last year, comes with the package.

The main rival is Fort Fortitude, a very game winner at this level, at the distance, two starts back and today notch-drops from a 6-furlong, wet track speed run against better last out. Trevor McCarthy sticks as another gelded six-year-old attempts to give his competition three pounds; 123 to 120.

Post-time odds on Sanavi will be fair so there are no price restrictions in the straight pool, and an exacta box with Fort Fortitude is in order. ‘Fort’s’ race is available at the Laurel Live Video on our homepage. The run to reference is DEC 20, RACE 6. You’ll need to call up the Parx video at an ADW near you.

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