The Derby Day feature in Hallandale is reminiscent of our harness handicapping back in the day when in FFA paces at Yonkers and Roosevelt, the best horses had outside draws, like today’s featured English Channel.
In no particular order, Devils Only Friend broke maiden on debut at 21-1, setting and surviving a lively pace, and trainer George Weaver left her at Palm Beach Downs undoubtedly with this race in mind.
Swan Lake, meanwhile, is 2-for-4 on the local lawn and 1-for-1 at this trip. Trainer Elizabeth Dobles has done some of her best work on turf and she owns the gelded son of turf progenator Fort Loudon.
But the locally play is almost always class on the grass. Enter Boppy O, a graded stakes winner of turf at 2.
While winless this year, son of Bolt d’Or has been competitive in three stakes this year, including a narrow loss in Tampa last out. He has good spacing into this and blew out smartly at Mark Casse training center.
The clincher is that, mindful that the colt may be in need of a confidence builder, this listed event carries a $25,000 bonus for Florida-breds. Reunites with winning pilot Edgar Gonzalez.
Taking Boppy O to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with his rivals above.