Friday’s feature for the recently launch Preakness Meet at Pimlico happens to provide a full field turf route with clear skies projected and a personal Horse to Watch.
In full disclosure, we cashed in Clear Vision’s (6-1) third start following the HTW at Aqueduct last November which, technically takes him out of our bet-back parameters. Three strikes and you’re in or out of the wager.
Empirically, however, we have noted over the years that once the light bulb goes off with this kind, it tends to stay on and we believe that to be the case here.
What we liked about his most recent victory in which he won not given the easiest of trips, he was able to pair his lifetime best effort following a layup, a good sign for a 4-year-old that might still be developing.
Note that trainer Jeremiah O’Dwyer is a profitable 21% with runners returning within an 11-29 day window, according to Thoro-Graph. Yes, he does draw wide, but there’s a long enough run to the turn and it’s worth a point, maybe two, on the tote.
Taking sharp working Clear Vision to win at 5-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with Skyscanner (7-2), O’Dwyer’s other entrant, and the well-spotted Tattoed (3-1).