When I started looking at Sunday’s featured 8th race, my goal was to beat favorite Bobby G (8-5). First thing that caught my eye was the horse he beat by 3 lengths on NOV 25 at Laurel going seven-eighths, Port Louis, was getting two pounds from ‘Bobby’ but Sunday gets eight.
Further, this will be his fifth race in 41 days, 15 days after shipping back and fourth to Gulfstream Park. However, after a second look, he probably prefers the chill of Maryland to the heat of South Florida. He needs to lug 124 and turn back to one turn after getting speed-dulled in two two-turners.
Then I took a third look: He’s 7-for-11 at Laurel and is 1-for-9 anywhere else. He won carrying 124 previously and his last, against much better in the Claiming Crown Iron Horse, is much better than it appears on paper and it appear to be all that enervating.
After receiving permission, we took down video from Laurel’s sister track down south and watched Bobby G’s Iron Horse effort, for which he was the 5-2 choice to defeat 11 rivals.
Speed was holding very well on Dec. 7 at Gulfstream. Longshot Iron Horse pacesetter was hounded in strong fractions all the way and still held for place; the 35-1 chaser stayed on for fourth; the winner cut the corner into the stretch for a perfect-trip narrow score at 60-1.
Edgar Prado has had a terrific Gulfstream but was overconfident on ‘Bobby’. Sensing a strong pace, he allowed ‘Bobby’ to settle and suddenly was 11th, trailing all rivals but one. When Prado moved it was too late and at a considerable loss of ground. All that and he missed fourth in a photo.
See for yourself. Check the Laurel Live Video from Gulfstream Park, RACE 8 on DEC 7 on HRI homepage We think you’ll agree. And, finally, the three most recent wins on Bobby’s card were one-turn Laurel races and Horatio Karamanos, today’s pilot, was in the boot for all three.
We’re taking Bobby G. to win with no price restrictions, an exacta box with Port Louis, an extra ticket with Bobby G. on top.