The best race on the Friday card to begin the weekend is an NX3 allowance/optional claiming $50,000 that has drawn a small field that features a horse with a class edge that loves the surface but should Taco Supream run to form, the 8-5 early line would be a square price indeed.
There seems to be sufficient speed signed on but Laurel sprints often do not develop the way they look on paper. Should this develop as it appears, Taco Supream will take advantage as the only member of the group with a devastating late kick as demonstrated OCT 19.
But the race to watch on the Laurel Live Video on the HRI homepage was his effort in the state-bred Bender Memorial when he launched from far back with a ride rally on the far turn, Sheldon Russell showing a tad of over-confidence, the move carrying him six wide into the lane.
The first three finishers all raced on the inside portion of the strip that day. The event you will want to see is RACE 8 on DEC 7 to make a determination as to whether you want to accept a short price on the best horse. Taco’s class edge and late kick makes him the most probable winner.
Personally, we need to see the tote at post time and anything north of even money would be fair. Additionally, we will box an exacta with the sharp, class rising, fast working Onemoregreatime (9-2) who might be a value play as he won with speed in reserve, which was the case beating weaker on DEC 7, Race 4. You might want to check that replay as well.