Looking for a minor upset in Saturday’s third race as we look for a viable single in the early horizontal pools. The Virginian (5-2) fits that bill nicely.
Tipped four wide entering the straight, those tactics likely were responsible for the neck defeat. Check out that race on the HRI homepage in the Going Gulfstream Video section: RACE 10, GULFSTREAM PARK, SEP 11.
In his last, The Virginian (5-2) spotted his winning rival recent conditioning, doubtlessly a contributing factor in the narrow loss.
Steve Klesaris’ trainee will benefit from dropping a couple of pounds for Saturday’s rematch. Further, Christian Torrez should be better prepared in his second ride aboard the four-year-old.
This gelded bay has been racing consistently well vs. some hard-hitters at this level, but what appeals most is the fact that Klesaris is a profitable 26% effective with first-time synth runners.
This interacts nicely in that his sire, Prospective, is a very worthy 23% effective in 108 starts, according to the most recent Thoro-Graph statistics. The wish is that Torrez can work out a pocket trip to his best advantage. All the elements are there.
Taking The Virginian to win at 2-1 or greater, and keying him in quinellas with Breakthrough (3-1) and Discreet Tune (2-1).