An Interesting optional claimer to end the Gulfstream race week, a two-turner on Tapeta Track that offers an opportunity for some value in a seven-horse lineup.
Uno Tiger (5-2) is a deserving favorite, as he’s not only getting class relief exiting a recent stakes but also suffered significant early trouble that might have cost him the score.
Further, he’s a horse for course having won four of six starts in Hallandale and finished in the number in his other runs here. And Kathleen O’Connell is profitable overall with her All-Weather runners.
But Yamato’s (9-2) trainer is a profitable 21% effective when removing blinkers, the scenario here after a one-race failed experiment, and the mini-stretch from one mile 70 yards to 1-1/16 also helps the cause.
The clincher given this angle is that Junior Alvarado, who rode this honest hard-hitter last out and won on him previously, takes the re-ride.
The presumption then is that he noted something, suggested an equipment change, and believes he’s chosen wisely on a return call.
The Murat Sancal barn also happens to be a profitable 22% when removing blinkers, and the pole position assures a ground-saving journey.
Taking Yamato to win at 3-1 or greater and a quinella with Uno Tiger