While I’m not totally convinced that FIRE KEY (#2) will be able to negotiate the two turns of today’s race, since she has been a turf sprinter up until this point, I still think she is easily the most interesting horse in this race.
Transferred to Pat Kelly for her second start, she ran well to win, setting a fast pace and holding on gamely in the stretch. She was stepped up against tougher allowance company in her next start and actually ran a much stronger race than the published running line would suggest. She was off a legitimate two lengths slowly in that race and had to rush into contention to get position in the opening furlongs. Despite a three-wide trip, she actually was closing resolutely in the final furlong to just miss third.
That new ability to pass horses should serve her well here in a race where she will almost certainly have to rate off the pace. I don’t think we’ve yet seen the best of Fire Key, and she should offer some value given the presence of more reliable—but not necessarily exciting—options such as Cashconsiderations (#1) and Tapa Liath (#8).
Exacta Key Box: 2 with 1,8