I have no major argument against #4 Chris and Dave, other than the fact that he’s likely to be a short price and is fairly obvious. Rob Atras is a decent 5 for 21 (24%, $2.25 ROI) with horses first off the claim who are moving up in claiming price by 50% or more. It was encouraging to see him wake up last time as his form had been on the decline since late last year. He battled gamely when challenged by winner Crypto Cash in the stretch, and that one came back to win, as did the third and fourth-place finishers. The one major issue for this horse is that there is other speed signed on, and he could sustain early challenges from runners like Auburn Hills and Liam’s Fire.
I’m trying to beat the favorite with #6 EASY SHOT. He would be aided by a swift pace up front, as he tends to run his best races when he’s held up early. He got the right setup to win for a higher claiming tag in the slop two back. He lost at this level last time, but that was a pretty tough field for the level, as winner Its All Relevant has improved in his last few starts. Easy Shot also got the wrong trip, as she was used too aggressively to get early position after a slow start, and then launched another middle move to challenge the leader on the turn before fading. Notably, he’s been claimed out of that race by Jeffrey Englehart, who is 10 for 23 (43%, $4.69 ROI) first off the claim over the past 4 months.
WIN: #6 Easy Shot, at 3-1 or greater