Interesting that the Saturday feature is identical to Friday’s, namely an N2X optional claiming allowances for 3-year-olds and up sprinting 7 furlongs.
Today’s dilemma is that the two rivals that interest us couldn’t be more disparate; a 3-year-old with a worthy lifetime slate of (5) 3-1-0 that never has run for a price tag and is certainly the main–if not lone–speed.
My Star Potential (5-2) figures to shake loose from his outside slip beneath a live apprentice who is 8-for-18 most recently for a barn that is batting 26% on the year, despite saddling 1,115 runners through Wednesday’s races. Further, he’s worked thrice into this, two of the bullet variety.
What’s not to like is the fact he’s coming off a strongly run career best and has not ventured beyond 6 furlongs with a two-sides speed pedigree. Despite the obvious talent, it’s a lot to ask at a short price.
Conversely, Turkmenistan (8-1) offers value, has also shown some affinity for the Laurel surface and won his only try at today’s demanding sprint distance. Once again, Feargal Lynch, aboard for that score, rides him back once again and the video is worth noting.
Check out Laurel Live Video on the homepage with particular attention to RACE 1 on AUG 2. Note that the 4-year-old never had it easy, racing between horses for a half-mile, caught a break as a seam opened at headstretch, surged to the lead and drew off despite failing to change to his correct lead.
But wait there’s more. Unlike his speedy rival, he is bred for this and longer and has all the condition one needs as he turns back from two longer trips for Anthony Farrior with win stats similar to Claudio Gonzalez, who happens to be 23% profitable cutting back in trip and at today’s level.
We’ll gamble on Turkmenistan to win and will box an exata with his speedy rival.