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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing

LAUREL PARK LIVE-SAT

With no stakes or allowances races on the Laurel docket to begin the weekend, we decided to look at Saturday’s finale since always interesting turf sprints are known to produce a surprise or two.

Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case here as perennial leading trainer Claudio Gonzalez has this race to himself–whether it remains at 5 1-2 furlongs on grass or is rescheduled to the main track.

While weather handicappers tripped us up a few days ago, we trust that Friday’s scheduled rains will cut the course up a bit, but Saturday’s promise of bright skies should help the finale to remain on the surface for which it was carded.

You’re Doing Fine (5-2) is very well named for this spot. When last seen on turf, the Charitable Man 3YO was a troubled but game-finish second at the $25K level. Today, the flag has been lowered to $16K.

The two-class drop in a Gonzalez specialty, an easy call given his 41% strike rate. What followed his $25,000 claim were two scheduled two runs for $40K, but both turf sprints were rained out.

Her recent wide-trip run was not great but good enough to keep ‘Wes’ Hamilton on board for another try.

Should management decide to reschedule, Gonzalez has Main-Track-Only Lady Fox (5-2) laying in wait. Claimed at this level last out, she returns for the same price, coming off a much improved third when dropped into this class last time.

‘Fox’ rates to improve since the first-off-claim category is another strong one for the barn, Gonzalez a profitable 29% given a large sample. Everyone knows he moves them up first time for his barn, yet the angle is still a money-maker.

We’ll taking either one, whatever the price. Bettors don’t get to choose when their choices appear to lay over the competition– rivals that happen to leave much to be desired here.

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