Interestingly, the featured race on Saturday’s card is a starter allowances for fillies and mares going 5-1/2 furlongs on newly installed Tapeta track.
Only one of the eight has experience on it, an compiled a solid record. The problem for that runner is that the two likely favorites have some synthetic genes in their pedigree.
Streaking Choose Joy (2-1) has Speightstown on her top line; Drop a Hint (5-2) is second generation Harlan’s Holiday. The feeling is pedigree will be the key until enough form is established over this surface.
The race we’ll show you on the HRI Saturday homepage is that of the favorite and note her racing on her left lead through the stretch. She has a habit of doing this. It hasn’t hurt thus far. But 5 furlongs on turf is noticeably less demanding than 5-1/2 on synth.
At the price, we’ll make a straight wager on Moon of Love (10-1), bred in Great Britain and has good synthetic form based on her (4) 1-1-1 lifetime slate. Her last start on the All-Weather (AW) was a solid placing at 6 furlong at Turfway.
Handicappers’ Note: Not all synthetic tracks are created equal
Cam Gambolati doesn’t have great numbers off the barn change but is good with fresh horses and these filly shows two sharp, short local blowouts. She has a stalking stall and is nicely drawn on post s.
We’ll box these three in exactas and take Moon of Love straight at 7-1 or greater.