In today’s finale at Gulf, it’s easy to understand why favoritism will rest with either Aaron (3-1) or One Fast Dream (5-2) will go favored for Todd Pletcher or Mark Casse, respectively, as both drop into state-bred claimers for the first time and exit fast races.
However, it is a pair of Jose D’Angelo entrants who intrigue further. Organist (10-1) comes back at a higher grade on short rest after a good-figure try going wide on both turns vs. weaker in debut. There is sufficient speed to set the table and Miguel Vasquez us taking a return call.
But Arak (20-1) is even more interesting. He goes from an open-class sprint to route dropping in with state-bred claimers, bred both sides for the artificial surface, getting a switch to apprentice Morales who’s ridden a winner for this barn and comes in off a purposeful work-line.
Going for the gusto here, taking Arak to win at 12-1 or greater and key boxing exactas and trifectas with his rivals above.