The main players in this race are those exiting November’s Fall Highweight Handicap. The likely favorite is Threefiveindia (#7), who ran quite well to be second behind the formidable Stallwalkin’ Dude. Threefiveindia did not get off to a great start that day, as he was squeezed back between horses a few strides out of the gate. He did well to work himself up into a mid-pack position, and came with his usual strong run in the stretch.
I think Threefiveindia is the horse to beat, but I want a different runner out of that race.
As Threefiveindia was deftly guided through a hole between horses at the top of the stretch last time, GREAT STUFF (#6) was encountering some trouble racing inside. When you’re riding a closer, you want to avoid putting them in a position where they could get their momentum broken, yet that’s exactly what happened to Great Stuff. As the field fanned out coming to the top of the stretch of the Fall Highweight, Rajiv Maragh guided him down to the rail, and he had to briefly pause when trying to squeeze through inside of the tiring front-runner. He then again encountered traffic past the eighth pole as runners converged down toward the rail late. All things considered, he still finished well. Now he gets a positive rider switch to Joel Rosario. Great Stuff has been in terrific form since returning from the layoff for Jacobson and I think he’s primed to take down this stakes.
Exacta Key Box: 6 with 2,3,7
Trifecta: 6 with 3,7 with 2,3,4,7