Today’s Laurel feature is an allowance sprint that lacks much definition; inconsistent finishers and no clearly defined speed, making the 7-horse match-up a rider’s race to control.
When last he raced, Air On Fire (7-2) was a bit tentatively handled, giving away early position on that JUL 23 sprint before coming on with a willing rally to secure the place.
Since that effort, Young apprentice Charlie Marquez has gotten on a roll, winning with five of his last 15 rides, including four money finishes.
Today he goes postward for Damon Dilodovico, who’s 20% efficient with his sprinters and showing a profit despite saddling many starters to produce a worthy sampling. Further, he’s won with three of his last eight runners.
With his newly found confidence, we look for the youngster to give his mount a vigorous warm-up to put him in the game earlier and not to be hindered by a dawdling pace. We look for a mid-race move that would suit today’s dynamics very well.
Taking Air On Fire to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Ready and Rich (5-1) who has raised his game since the Lacey Gaudet claim.