Natural ability notwithstanding, the best attribute any racehorse can have is versatility. Say hello to Biarritz (5-2) in today’s sixth from Hallandale.
The gelded five-year-old can beat you from in front and behind. His outside position in a relatively short field of turf sprinters will allow Paco Lopez to play it off the break.
See his run at Canterbury Park, JUL 4, Race 9, demonstrating his affinity for the trip.
And he likes it out there: His two most recent wins came from the #4 and #5 slips in field’s of six, one at today’s five furlong trip at which he seems to prefer, allowing him to kick on stronger than at longer trips.
Claimed by Mike Maker last out for $17,500 at Fair Grounds, he returns at the $35K level in this optional allowances, positive sign–he could have ‘protected’ him at a lower level but chose this company.
In training at Keeneland since the NOLA claim, he shipped to South Florida and showed his readiness with a strong fourth best of 56 workers May 7; hence the rise.
We expect to make a win wager at 5-2 or greater and a quinella with Forest Survivor (9-5)–sharp, fast and from the live barn of Rohan Crichton.