One of racing’s more productive scenarios occurs when a trainer raises a horse confidently in class.
Not that Anthony Rini had much of a choice on the barn change but this looks like a rise that’s far more aggressive than defensive.
Imperial Brew (9-2) won his last at the $5,000 level sprinting 7 furlongs now stretch out to one mile 40 yards here. But you can see the reason for such confidence for yourself.
Check out the old pro’s last run on FEB 20, Race 6 in Oldsmar, and try to recall when an old timer dominated his field in like manner.
Not only did Rini’s charge win by nearly nine with dominating gusto, but did so while down-shifting into first gear before galloping out with authority and ease.
He’s won going this far, has an affinity for Tampa with a (10) 2-3-1 slate–2-for-29 anywhere else–and has won at this trip. Rini and Ricardo Feliciano are a worthy 21% when teaming up.
Given the class hike, a fair price seems assured. Taking Imperial Brow to win at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with the very sharp Pharaoh Fancy Pant (6-1) beneath hot-riding Ademar Santos.