Whether the measures are trips or performance figures, there are plenty of ways to go in Sunday’s finale on turf. The only message that seems clear is it is unwise to take a short price on any horse in this spot.
Enter Danceronthebeach (8-1). A decent payout seems assured given today’s class rise off the recent David Van Winkle claim into allowance company and there are a number of factors to recommend his chances.
His recent head-bob defeat was unlucky in that he did the dirty stretch work before getting nailed in the last jump by the one-run winner; check out that JAN 30 effort to see if you agree.
In addition, his Thoro-Graph figures are fast enough and the four-year-old remains forward-looking based on both pattern and age. Van Winkle has been on an unbelievable roll of late; three wins and two place finishes from his last six starters.
While jockey Chad Lindsay is not known for his turf prowess, he’s 17% effective when riding for this barn, who tap him for the assignment today. The clincher is that Van Winkle scratched him from a $25,000 claimer FEB 13 to Await this tougher spot. We like that kind of confidence.
We’re taking Danceronthebeach to win at 6-1 or greater, and key-boxing exactas with Recorder (4-1), Idle Time (10-1), and also-eligible Tune In (6-1).