Weather handicappers are a bit iffy, calling for thundershowers but Friday’s fifth race, an N1X allowances turfer for fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth and to us a great spot to throw deep and take a sharp claimer on the rise.
The early and likely post time favorite is making her U.S. debut for Christophe Clement. In training since March, Simplicity (3-1) should have sufficient foundation as Clement blew her out three furlongs from the gate for this. She appears well spotted at this level, but it’s a guess either way.
The claimer we referred to is Elusive Ryder (15-1), the winningest mare in the race and those claiming victories don’t count against her here. So, can a $10,000 claiming winner last out handle this rise. Check out the Tampa Bay Live Video, RACE 6 on MAY 9, and you tell me.
What we saw was a filly who raced wide throughout, carried even wider into the lane, appeared one-paced until she changed over to her correct lead. Once leading with her right fore, she exploded to win going away by five. At a big price, we’ll pay to find out if she can class up here..
And, if race is rescheduled to the dirt, she’s bred to handle the surface switch on both sides. We’re taking Elusive Ryder to win at 8-1 or greater, an exacta box with Simplicity, and add Marnie Girl (4-1) to the super-exotics mix.