It would have been nice had the inaugural running of Wednesday’s Rick Violette Stakes, the former Rockville Center, been named the Rick Violette Memorial and drawn a larger field.
However, the connections of only five New York-bred juveniles entered the 6-furlong sprint and one of those visually impressed breaking maiden on debut, Mission Wrapitup (7-5).
This Bruce Brown trainee won off by 8-1/4 lengths with a strong mid-race moved that stopped the clock in 57 2/5 for the 5-furlong sprint, earning a Thoro-Graph performance figure that was a tad slower than Listentoyourheart’s, (8-5) from the barn of Chris Clement.
We like that the young horse showed some class along with his brilliance, his spacing is perfectly managed into this, he blew out sharply over today’s racetrack, a half-mile in 47 2/5 termed breezing. Dylan Davis takes a return call.
Perhaps the lower profile connections might be worth a few pennies more to the bettors. He’s the choice to win. To make it worthwhile, we will take a box and an added cold exacta completed by Theitalianamerican (3-1).
For one thing, Gary Contessa’s ridgling has more experience with two starts under his girth, is getting class relief dropping out of the open-company Tremont. and comes in off graduating distances with Rosario on the re-ride.
The knock is that he is significantly slowly than the two favorites. But of those guys play this out in their own little match race, who’s better at picking up pieces than strong-finishing Joel?