Today’s seventh for maiden allowance types going nine furlongs on the Hallandale lawn is replate with tough trip types. Of those, Doral (5-2) made the most favorable impression.
After breaking a bit tardy and steadying away from the barrier, he was forced to check thereafter but was not discouraged, showing good early speed to drop over to the fence.
But the leaders back down the pace noticeably which left Doral with too much to do. Junior Alvarado needed to bide his time until the far turn when he could finally make his run.
And run he did gaining momentum approaching which forced him wide into the lane. After straightening away and showing some greenness on debut, he finished strongly showing an excellent turn of foot.
Ultimately, he was beaten by a rival who saved some ground, splitting horses late and sticking his neck out in front at the line.
Check out the run here on JAN 22, Race 3. Today he moves inside and the added ground will suit his long pedigree. It’s today’s trip that should make the difference in this spot.
Taking Doral to win, no price restrictions and key-boxing exactas with I’m A Sure Thing (3-1) who should also enjoy today’s trip and Skyview Drive (8-1) who showed improvement in second start up north for Chad.