Admittedly, it wasn’t much of a bobble, but when it comes from the rail position, it was enough for the rider to gather his mount up after which Tastes Like Plaid (7-2) dropped back to last.
Couple this with the fact that the winner was loose on the lead throughout, that the runnerup from leading trainer Claudio Gonzalez got first run and that after a moderate half-mile in 46.27 in what turned out to be a speed merry-go-round on the day.
It’s no wonder the 3-year-old colt could do no better than third. Further, with any chance of victory gone, Forest Boyce merely rode the horse out in the final furlong awaiting another day. that day is today.
Adding a sixteenth of a mile and dropping from a $40K optional claimer to the $25K level here, improvement is expected. We’re willing to take him straight, needing 3-1 to do so. Additionally, including the Gonzalez trained favorite and the Jamie Ness turnback, exacta key-boxes make sense.
See what you think about ‘Plaid’s’ last race. Check out the Laurel Park Live video on the HRI homepage, RACE 3, JAN 17.