Saturday’s seventh race, one of six scheduled for the revivified grass course, has drawn a full field which we’ve narrowed down to two: Todd Pletcher’s Causin’ Mayhem (2-1) and Jonathan Thomas’ Ski Patrol (12-1).
The Pletcher runner is a deserving favorite and most probable winner. He just missed in a key race on turf in his race debut on the GP lawn. Check it out in the HRI Video section on the HRI homepage: GP, MAR 12, Race 6.
went well last out in a live New York route, now returns as a first-gelding with a series of steady works dating back in late October, his last a near bullet.
Edgard Zayas comes along with the package on the Into Mischief 3-year-old and comes from a mare whose dropped four winners of five foals, one a stakes winner, and three have won on grass.
Ski Patrol has much going for him and will be the better price. A late May foal, he’s virtually making his 4-year-old debut here for a barn that’s a profitable 27% with first-time turfers and has won eight of its last 24 starts when removing blinkers, the case here.
Three of the dam’s five winners have scored on turf, the Pioneer of the Nile gelding blew out strongly for this, presumably beneath new pilot and turf ace, Emisael Jaramillo. Price dictates:
Taking Ski Patrol to win at 6-1 or greater and an exacta box with Causin’ Mayhem.