We’re sure all, especially horses, have heard the one about “if it weren’t for bad luck… etc., etc. Well that description is apt when applied to the debut made by Lord Eddard Stark (7-2). Everything that could go wrong did.
Bumped following a poor start and forced to take up, he rushed up into contention, his momentum carrying him very wide into stretch. Despite all that he continued gamely for third, earning a good Thoro-Graph figure–fast but not too fast as to expect a regression.
Further, the Joseph Arboritanza barn is not known for first time prowess as their horses perform better with a race under their belt. The fact that this horse’s pedigree indicates the line gets faster with added distance, the case here, helps. Hopefully, Alberto Burgos will provide better handling than on debut.
Taking Lord Edward Stark to win at early line odds or greater in this open 7-furlong event and making an exacta key-boxing with first-timer Testimony Time (10-1) from the hot Jose Sanchez barn and logical turnback Dreaming of Gerry (5-2) who worked well in his new blinkers for Mike Stidham.