Welcome to Laurel Park Live. Each racing day, HRI will provide analysis of the day’s feature race. When a suitable event is unavailable, we will seek out races with solid choices at a fair price. Selections will be accompanied by video upon which the selection was based. As a handicapper you may disagree; the promise is that you will glean useful information from race watching.
With no suitable feature race Sunday, we consulted our stable mail and found Saar’s Image in the opener. A cursory look at the past performances shows that she finished 8th at 17-1 in her dirt debut NOV 8. The trouble line states “steadied,” but that she had trouble disqualifying her chances might be to overstate the case.
Rather, it was her racing debut on turf in a $40,000 waiver-claiming event that is of greater interest (see Laurel Park Live video on homepage). In hindsight, we liked the idea that trainer Tim Wooley opted to “protect” the home-bred from being claimed as Maryland-breds had that option.
In both starts, Saar’s Image was slow to begin. But in her debut she roared home late to finish third at 34-1 after altering course inside in mid-stretch. Going best of all at the finish–a race won by a Jamie Ness-trained favorite–she was two in front on the gallop-out nearing midpoint of the clubhouse turn.
While finishing evenly against much better stock in last, she earned a competitive speed figure now drops significantly in class. Jevian Toledo rides her back yet again and the filly goes first-Lasix for a barn profitable with maiden claimers overall; 2-for-9 in this scenario, 5-for-9 in-the-money.
Saar’s Image is sitting on go; don’t hesitate to climb aboard…