Thursday’s Laurel feature, scheduled to 1-1/16 miles on the turf in a preliminary allowances is a good betting race, a full field of 11 and wide open.
We going against the grain and taking a runner off a 306-day layup and has drawn the extreme outside post.
However, if you check out his lone start at Belmont Park at 3 last fall, we’re betting you will be as impressed as we were and may be willing to take the gamble.
Now he had the table set for him with strong, early runoff-type fractions to set up his late run. But how he did it is another story.
First, he broke out of hand and didn’t leave the gate with the rest of the field. Already last into the first turn, he remained in ninth and found himself 17 lengths behind, perhaps even further back between calls.
On the far turn, the runoff stopped and the closers rallied, including Box N Score (5-1), who was still last. Approaching mid-turn Javier Castellano put him in gear and the only way he could win was to swoop the group–which is exactly what he did!
His rally carried him 7 wide into the stretch and the Lemon Drop Kid gelding never wavered. If my math is correct, and the running time accurate, despite the ground loss he finished the final three furlongs in 36.55 and was drawing out at the line.
It was one of the most impressive maiden debut wins we’ve seen in the U.S., completing 9 furlongs in 1:49.
Jonathan Thomas has been live with both starters this meet and is a profitable 25% with layups of 90 days or more. Turf ace Horacio Karamanos take the call.
We’re betting to Box N Score to win, no price restrictions, and to live up to the name, key-boxing exactas with J Beresford Tipton (9-2) and Mr. D’Angelo (7-2), adding McElmore Avenue (5-1) and another returnee, Clear Vision (6-1), to the super-exotics mix.