With a forecast of thunderstorms still remaining as this is written, we decided to start and remain on the main track and, as it turned out, the shorter the better.
Saturday’s sixth is a preliminary allowances for three year olds and up sprintinf 5-1/2 furlongs and the choices boil down to two: a three year old that won its only start for high profile connections and gets six pounds on the sale from his elders; promise.
Or the older alternative, one that has improved greatly for a new barn, owns four wins of which three do not count against him under today’s conditions and turns back to a distance at which he’s undefeated.
Wondrwherecraigis (5-2) was a clever winner in his well back debut, looked good doing it, but was set up perfectly by a pace duel while he sat in the garden, beating a total of four rivals. But he has lots of promise and the Russell family has come back and firing.
Day the Music Died (9-2) has been going great guns since the Mario Serey claim with two wins and a second in four subsequent starts. Two-for-two at the trip, he’s won half his eight start at Laurel Park and Yomar Ortiz should have learned something when he allowed his mount to drop out of it early.
He made a strong mid-race move while wide, a rally that carried him further outside into the lane and understandably tired late in a final quarter that shaded :25 seconds, The turnback should help the pace and also allow for a sustained late run.
Check out the Laurel Park Live Video, MAR 14, RACE 3 and judge for yourself. We’re looking for improved handling and taking Day the Music Died, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Wondrwherecraigis.