We’re hoping that Wednesday’s sudden storm doesn’t result in rescheduling the one-mile Riskaverse Stakes to the main track. Because the rains came late in the day, Thursday’s feature does have a chance to stay on the grass.
If it’s grass, then that must mean Chad Brown, which must mean we’re talking multiple entrants, which must mean we are looking first at the “other” Chad in this spot.
However, anyone who saw New and Improved win a two-turn turf route on debut over Saratoga turf knows what I know; that 6-1 is probably fantasy, such was the impressive nature of her score.
The effort was impressive enough for Javier Castellano to stay with the filly–as opposed to the more experienced Brown-trained favorite, Catch a Bid (7-5), who gets more than just an able replacement in Irad Ortiz Jr.
Even though the race is limited to horses that have not won a stakes at a mile or over, this is no soft spot, not with the Delacour trainee Ionic (5-1) beneath Ricardo Santana Jr, and Hotsy Totsy (3-1), a well regarded European purchase, making U.S. debut for the hot Clement/Rosario team.
We’re willing to take half the early line odds offered on New and Improved to win [turf only] and key-box exactas with the Clement runner getting first Lasix and the well seasoned Ionic
YESTERDAY: Pillar Mountain was a program scratch when turf race was rescheduled to the sloppy main track.