Let’s take our chances with a longshot in this cheap claiming sprint, which is being run on the second-to-last day of the meet.
Clubhouse Rock (#8, 10-1) has received bad trips in his last two starts. On June 7th, he was bumped hard at the break, which caused him to lose his balance and get away slowly. Then he put in a run between the calls in the result chart, racing extremely wide over a track that favored speed and the inside. On March 29th, he stumbled shortly after the start, causing him to give up considerable ground, and then he quickly regrouped and gobbled up the lost ground. His speed figures for those two efforts were 80 and 78, competitive numbers in here, his troubled trips notwithstanding.
Today, the Pace Projector shows Clubhouse Rock positioned a close 4th at the opening quarter in a race projected to favor speed. Given that the Pace Projector does not account for trouble, we hold out hope that Clubhouse Rock can be at least that close today. At morning line odds of 10-1, he is our selection.
The most likely winners of this race would seem to be Shining Son (#2, 3-1), who has the best speed figures, and Dehere Is Gone (#1, 7-2), who has been on the improve in the mornings for sharp trainer Bill Spawr.
Win bet on Clubhouse Rock.
Exacta: Use Clubhouse Rock over and under Shining Son and Dehere Is Gone.
Trifecta: Shining Son, Dehere Is Gone with Shining Son, Dehere Is Gone, Hope ‘n Pray with Clubhouse Rock.