There’s so much going on in Saturday’s maiden allowances for three year olds racing one mile on the turf in the sixth race, it’s hard to know where to begin:
For openers there are four first-time starters and a second-time starter in the body of the race with more well bred newcomers anchored on the also-eligible list.
Godolphin debuts Fit for a King, Michael Stidham tightening the girth. Doubly Blessed, a $350,000 yearling debut for Jonathan Thomas, good with turf debut types. Since that runner’s a gelding, time to start recouping some of that investment.
Empty Holster goes for James Gulick, profitable with his first time starters–1-for-3–on grass this meet, and Vicarage for turf ace Christophe Clement, who sold for $600,000 at auction.
Serious pedigrees; serious connections.
But we’re sticking with the known as a baseline in our vertical wagers. Off his last race, Sunsation (7-2) is impossible to knock with a very solid runnerup finish behind an impressive debut winner.
Equipped with blinkers for the first time, his trip wasn’t the easiest. Breaking from the extreme outside, be bore out at the break, as often happens, was caught three wide on the first turn going 9 furlongs, chased the pace all the way around and best everyone but the winner.
Sunsation had every right to chuck it, but didn’t. Not one-dimensional, he can benefit from his recent experience, especially after coming back with a recent half-mile blowout in 48 1/5, best of 23 at the distance, March 19.
But it’s the effort that points him out. See the Tampa Bay Today Video from MAR 1, RACE 5 on the HRI homepage to see what we mean. For your verticals, check the post parade and tote board from clues and use your choices in boxes keying Sunsation. We’re betting straight, no restrictions.