There’s no denying many players will be relying on Eldon’s Prince (2-1) to get their mid-card Pick 4 off to a winning start. We’re using him, certainly. However, we’re going for the gusto straight with a maiden to win the Armed Forces Stakes for juvenile colts on the grass.
Check out the debut effort of No Nay Franklin (8-1) available today on the HRI landing page–the second race on AUG 29 at Gulfstream. The chart will show that he was beaten a neck in fast time while sprinting 5 furlongs, but it’s the video that tells the tale.
Note that he broke tardily, last as he gave the leaders about a three-length head start. Note too that he quickly reached contention, moving up swiftly along the inside on his own with no urging from Romero Maragh. He moved rapidly but was no runoff. The question became how would he respond when the real running began.
Maragh started getting busy at midturn and was forced to alter course into about the 5-path entering the lane. After straightening away, No Nay Franklin began to grind his way forward.
But after switching to his correct right lead, he took off, and was rapidly reaching the winner but the wire got there ahead of him. The clincher for us is the way he galloped out thereafter, eventually passing the winner before reaching mid-clubhouse turn.
Throughout his career, Patrick Biancone gained a reputation for spotting his young horses aggressively, as he does here. Sire No Nay Never has gotten his fair share of both sprinters and stayers. Given an alert start, No Nay Franklin (8-1) appears to be a solid price shot in his second appearance on the stretch to one mile.
We’re taking No Nay Franklin to win at 6-1 or greater, key-boxing exactas with the favorite and with C My Meister (7-2), and boxing a trifecta to complete the play.