We’re locked into a play today, a Horse to Watch running back for the third time, which, win or lose, it’s the end of his run on stable mail. That’s how we do: Three strike, win or lose, and you’re out. If you win next time after the excuse race, the job got done.
In today’s fourth, Our Grey Ghost (6-1) came back in an off-the-turfer and went very well for place, finishing gamely late over a sealed, good track, which might be the conditions Sunday with showers and thunderstorms the pick of weather handicappers.
Today, he returns for a new barn, Kenneth Wirth, who is profitable returning with these type of layoff, going turf to dirt and, given a large enough sample of 58 races through Friday’s races, is profitable for his career.
The favorable pattern for this horse is repeated here, he has gone well for jockey Dean Butler, today’s partner, and drops to this level for the first time on dirt. A tiring track certainly would help his chances.
We’re taking Our Grey Ghost to win at 5-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with Venetian Winner (4-1) and Pacific Legend (7-2).