And it features a very, very fast horse from the Jorge Navarro barn, and you know what that means. Some trainers are great on turf (Chad), or in Classics (Baffert), but if it’s fast sprinters, Navarro’s the man.
Shancelot has only run twice and he’s undefeated. He’s also yet to be tested. And it’s not so much that he earned an extraordinarily fast Thoro-Graph figure, which he did, a negative-2, it’s the way he did it.
But don’t take our word for it. Check out the second race at Monmouth on June 23rd yourself. The 6-furlong sprint already has produced two next-out winners from three starters. Emisael Jaramillo is up from SoFla for the ride.
Yes, he will have to carry his speed an added sixteenth of a mile but he was still daylight in front on the gallop-out. As stated, see for yourself.
There are two double-digit horses that are very interesting; Strike Silver (10-1) and Lamniscate (20-1). Granted, the Elmont strip was very fast on Belmont day, kind to inside speed.
But a half-mile in 44 2/5 going 7 furlongs in a Grade 1 is some serious gas. And Strike SIlver didn’t get tired until the final few strides; fourth beaten 1-1/2 lengths in 1:21 flat. Two horses have exited the Woody Stephens to win their next starts.
Lamniscate finished strongly to finish second at today’s trip, beaten a length vs. 10 allowance rivals at Churchill Downs JUN 21. He gets four pounds from the major contenders here for his second start off a brief layup, and attracts Jose Ortiz. He worked strongly on the Oklahoma TT UL 21.
We will take Shancelot to win, and get a little exotic with the price shots.
YESTERDAY: Great job by Tax and all his connections, an honest horse that never fails to fire. However, Tacitus, 2nd, was the best horse as the race was run. Big Saturday wrap-up tomorrow…