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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Based on purse size, we had our choice of co-features and opted for the one with a slightly larger field, featuring two-year-olds going a flat mile.

The favorites exit the same race and we see the same result; Bird King (2-1) finishing ahead of Super John (5-2) once again. A check of race replays show another live runner, the speedy price shot Yukon Eric (10-1), making his second start for Horacio DePaz, winning easier than the chart indicates.

Our Laurel Live Video on the HRI homepage features the favorites matching up on NOV 14, RACE 6. The elements to check is the way Super John was placed perfectly off the leader’s hip, moved to command with authority, separated himself but tired several strides from the wire, third.

Runnerup Bird King showed improvement in start #2, his first for trainer Michael Pino and his Laurel debut despite the slightly tougher trip. Forced to move a bit sooner than Mychel Sanchez wanted to due the move of a brushing rival, he steadied lightly before renewing his hard-chase pursuit.

When he did, Bird King mid-moved into a strong pace, came within 3-1/2 lengths of Super John, wore him down, but could not hold late runner Laddie Liam safe–who came right back to repeat. What’s so remarkable about that? Again, watch the video; Bird King never changed leads.

Bird King breezed sharply for this for a barn that’s 21% with second-off-the-claim starters, and 20% with its beaten favorites. Today’s outer draw fits Bird King’s style and the race’s dynamics. He rates to make amends.

We’re taking Bird King to win, key-boxing exactas with the rivals named above, and an extra ticket with Bird King on top.

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