Class relief was the difference between victory and defeat for Blue Prize Sunday, dropping from graded stakes to listed company. Will the same angle work for Red Knight in Wednesday’s John’s Call?
Quite possibility, and with the same pilot, too, leading rider Jose Ortiz getting Bill’s call today. However, we’re looking for a slight upset in the 13-furlong marathon.
The 4-year-old Pillar Mountain (5-2) has remaining upside potential and we’re thinking his upward mobility will continue here.
A winner of an 11-furlong optional claimer in his course debut, the Pletcher trainee drops four pounds off that effort which means he will be getting two pounds from the likely favorite who is picking up four given today’s conditions.
The lone speed signed on here is the badly outclassed Prequestor (50-1) who likely is doing the racing office and favor and just as likely will be a program scratch. Among the others, no one has a lick of speed.
And given a Who’s Who of the local riding colony, this surely will go to the runner whose pilot has employed the best strategy.
We have no idea how this thing will develop as Ortiz, Castellano and Rosario are all capable of aggressive middle moves in spots such as this. It will be an interesting chess match and we’re hoping we guessed right.
Betting Pillar Mountain to win, needing 2-1 minimum, will box an exacta with the favorite and use recent jump-up winner, Redicean (8-1), shedding a mere 34 pounds to fill out the exacta and trifecta.
SUNDAY: Blue Prize ($3.20) needed all that class relief and Jose’s guile and strength to win the Summer Colony. The $13.40 exacta with 5-1 Vexatious was more than fair.