If weather forecasters are on the mark, the re-opening day Laurel Park feature is an attractive NX3 optional claiming allowances that has attracted some fast fillies sprinting 5-1/2 furlongs on the turf.
These dynamics are guaranteed to produce contentious racing and wagering situations . So who will it be, the newly minted Arnaud Delacour classy 4YO returnee Ellyb (3-1), or the 5YO trainee Ode to Joy (6-1), who is 3-for-3 when fresh from Delacour’s barn–27% with 90 days+ returnees.
Even with the wide draw, the value laden filly is an attractive play. Check out HER allowance win at Tampa Bay Downs RACE 6, JAN 15, on the Laurel Park Live Video. she made a powerful move at mid-turn, fought for the lead, drew out and taken in hand at the finish line.
While we’re a sucker for first-time four-year-olds, we’ll go for the gusto and take Ode to Joy straight at 4-1 or greater, and making an exacta box with barn mate Ellyb.