As a rule we don’t choose a race for special-weight maidens to highlight be the trip on first-timer The Cairo Kid (2-1) was so fascinating we had to share it. The race was very fast on the Thoro-Graph scale so he won’t make you rich.
First, he was a little obstreperous pre-gate loading then when he broke from the outside slip he did what most horses do–run to the open space at the start before being corrected.
But the interesting part is to watch the rider look back twice during the backstretch run as if he were riding the 7-5 favorite, not a 13-1 price shot. Additionally, despite his issues early on, he rated very kindly before tiring abruptly late, eventually losing to the Graham Motion-trained favorite.
Meanwhile, trainer Annette Eubanks has given the 4-year-old gelding time to recover from the effort, has switched to strong finishing Trevor McCarthy and has worked thrice since that race, all of the stamina building variety. Given the stretch-out to 7 furlongs this tack makes sense.
But you need to see this interesting replay. Check out RACE 3 on JAN 20 on the Laurel Park Live Video replay on our homepage.
We’re taking The Cairo Kid to win and boxing an exacta with Welling (7-5), who has a conditioning and experience edge turning back from a mile and an eighth for Mike Trombetta.