Thursday Nov. 21 – Betfair Hollywood Top Play
Scheduled local post time 3:02 pm PT
Selection: I Buy Gold, the 6 horse.
This race has been rained off the turf and will be run on the cushion track.
Antonio Soto is a trainer whose horses we can stomach only on the rarest of occasions, but this looks to be one of those occasions. At morning line odds of 12-1, the four-year-old gelding I Buy Gold looks playable in here. Five of his seven career starts have been on synthetic. Three of those have been on today’s surface. His synthetic top, a 74, came on this surface. The TFUS Pace Projector shows him receiving a nice stalking trip. He was in tough last time in a starter allowance (well, a SoCal version of a starter allowance). He has already won a Maiden Special Weight race (at Barretts, though he was disqualified). Today’s race will be tougher, to be sure, but on his best days, I Buy Gold can compete with these, and at today’s likely odds, playing for such a “best day” performance seems reasonable.
In exactas and trifectas, we will use I Buy Gold under the Bob Baffert-trained colt Magic Daddy, who has strong speed figures and projects to have the early lead today, and under Handsome Dennis and Oughttobenaughty.