Even in Hallandale, where early and tactical speed enjoy a natural speed bias, especially in turf sprints, ralliers can win given the right dynamics.
Barone Cesco (9-2) clearly fits that scenario in today’s featured eighth race. In a race jam packed with early gas, Antonio Sano’s filly gets the call as the field’s lone late runner.
Good enough to break maiden in a restricted special-weights in Saratoga last summer, the Klimt filly has been toiling in allowances and/or restricted stakes.
Never has she run this cheaply, the $50K claiming level.
Suited by an outside draw where new pilot Junior Alvarado can assess his tactical options, this rallier should take advantage of an anticipated pace meltdown.
Add to that the addition of first-Lasix in her second start off a near four-month break, she will never find a better opportunity to break through with a win.
Check out her late run in the restricted Hollywood Beach here last fall, SEP 25, Race4. A repeat of that effort gets it done here.
Taking Barone Cesco to win at 4-1 or greater and quinellas with two speedsters, price shot R Girl’s Werth It (10-1) and early line favorite Magniloquent (5-2).