Kieron Magee, like Claudio Gonzalez, is a dominant force on the Maryland circuit, albeit not to the same extent. High percentage trainers both, the improvement their newly acquired horses show is eyebrow raising. But as horseplayers, we play the cards that are dealt.
In addition to horsemanship, having a good eye and handicapping skills is a big part of any claiming trainer’s success and Magee sure know what he was doing when he haltered Warm (2-1) for $25,000 last fall.
He did manage to get his just-turned four-year-old–a wise move given the pre-claim expected maturity factor–to run a lifetime best on a fast track going a mile two back. And either he regressed or didn’t appreciate the subsequent wet track. The forecast Saturday call for sunny skies.
While he’s 0-for-1 at today’s 6 furlong trip, four of six lifetime wins have come over the surface. Speed going longer almost always translates to improved late kick on the turn-back.
Not expecting much price here but if that mile on DEC 28, RACE 4 is for real, she will be a very tough out. Check the Laurel Park Live Video on the HRI homepage and see if you were impressed favorably, too, in today’s fifth race.
We’ll take Warm straight and try to optimize with exotics key-boxes going for a 1-2 finish with Timeless Treasure (6-1), Bunting (6-1) and Three Hawk (5-2).