There was a choice of two large Friday purses available and we chose the identical condition optiona- allowances with the larger field, the nightcap in which N3L $25K claimers are sprinting three-quarters of a mile.
What attracts us to Rip Rap Riley (6-1), alliteration notwithstanding, is his last 5-1/2 furlong sprint in which he refused to give up the chase after being forced to steady on the fence at a critical stage [see Laurel Park video from NOV 15-RACE 3 on homepage]. He still nailed the leader at the line.
His early and late pace figures were very solid and his win three starts back at 6-1/2 furlongs shows today’s stretch-out is not beyond his scope. The Capuano outfit is showing confidence with a rise from the $16K level and two works since his last indicates he’s holding condition very well.
Further, the barn is winning at a 25% rate recently and at a similar pace when using live apprentice Avery Whisman; both are profitable categories. It’s no easy spot for sure but should Riley deliver, his backers will be rewarded nicely.