While it might have taken a trip north on Alligator Alley for King Faliero (5-1) to break maiden with a plunge into claimers, it is difficult not to be impressed by the effort.
Going seven furlongs at Tampa is a demanding run and to be pressured every step of the way increases that degree of difficulty. But The Big Beast gelding up to the the task–by 10 dominant lengths.
Kathleen O’Connell could have stayed in Oldsmar with this guy but decided to ship south again hoping the third GP start is the charm after two failed attempts at the maiden allowance level.
KO has saddled a singly winner in 30 tries, doing most of her winning up north per usual, but her runners have placed or showed on eight separate occasions.
Nicely placed at this optional-allowance level, he’s drawn the coveted outside at today’s trip and O-Connell has given the assignment to Tyler G. The price should be fair.
Taking King Faliero to win at 7-2 or greater and key-boxing exactas with fellow recent winners Ekati King (3-1) and Always Away (7-2).