If pace makes the race, which it surely does, then this variable will come into play in Saturday’s starter handicap marathon at 11 furlongs on the turf.
When last seen, Dover Cliffs (5-2) was chasing a very strong early tempo and didn’t have an east time if it either. Leaving the gate promptly, he found himself between rivals into the clubhouse turn, took back for a well positioned trip behind the speed, but was too close to the strong pace nonetheless.
At the far turn, rivals began to circle up outside, forcing Jesus Castanon to move sooner than he probably wanted. At headstretch he proved no match for thrice repeating Quality Step and began to show the effects of his exertions in upper stretch, but still held third while justifiably tiring late.
Check out the Tampa Bay Today video for RACE 6, FEB 26 here and see if you agree.
At today’s marathon trip, the tempo should be a lot more agreeable and Castanon should be able to place the Kelsey Danner trainee wherever he wishes, owning more than enough stamina in his pedigree to get the entire trip.
Taking Dover Cliffs to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Kitten’s Spa, who finished with interest behind the choice in the same race, and showing two sharp breezes subsequently in preparation for the return match.