Sunday’s feature is a multi-layered NX1 allowances, a race in which state-bred wins, waiver claimers, etc., don’t count against you. That’s how Pitching Ari, a three-time winner, qualifies for this while his five rivals have won one.
Three of the six exit the same race won by ‘Ari’ but if tripos are the measure, as they are here, then a solid case can be made for the “other Claudio Gonzalez in the group, Court Sky. And why is that? See for yourself and check out the Laurel Live Video on our homepage, JAN 11, RACE 7.
Once you do you will note that Court Sky lost all the ground alternately chasing or pressing the pace while ‘Ari’ saved every inch. That will make the difference.
Notice the fractions, too, all 12s-and-change, with Court Sky on the attack while ‘Ari’ was pole sitting, waiting to pounce. ‘Sky’ had a right to tire, but hung in determinedly. Alex Cintron knows him better now, his third time in the boot.
‘Ari’ has drawn the rail here so a similar trip seems in the offing. But Court Sky in nicely positioned just outside mid-gate and could dictate the tempo here, especially given his recent blowout in 47 3/5, 2nd fastest of 66 at the distance. There’s not a lot of speed signed on today.
We’re taking the “other Gonzalez to win, no price restrictions, and exacta key-boxing with ‘Ari’ and sharp ship-in Indy’s Jewel, a blowout maiden winner at Parx last out and getting first-Lasix in his Laurel debut for a current 32% barn. We’re taking an extra ticket with Court Sky on top.