With skies expected to clear in amply time so that Saturday’s feature race at Laurel Park can be run on the turf course, it presents handicappers with a unique challenge:
How often, after all, can a strong case be made for a marathoner turning back into a 5-1/2 furlong sprint. Not often, obviously, but if you have a modicum of class, it can happen. And Lemon Zip (7-2) has that kind of class.
The mare is making her second start off a layup, exiting Belmont’s River Memories. Prior to that she tried the G3 Very One at Gulfstream but before that she was beaten less than a length in the Zagora, an Aqueduct overnight stakes.
The 6year-old Niall Saville trainee drops into an NX3/optional claimer attracting Horacio Karamanos returning over a course she loves, given her (2) 1-1-0 slate and finds the winner’s circle often as her 5-for-15 record on turf attests.
Further, she rates to get a contested pace to close into. She’ll be out of it early but come flying late. Taking Lemon Zip to win at 3-1 or greater, boxing exacta with Giggling (9-2) from the live Cathal Lynch barn that’s 3 for its last 9 and 23% effective in LAY-2 scenarios.