Maiden claiming $32,000, 7 furlongs, 3-year-olds
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#5 You Wood 6/1
#6 Rise Above 3/1
#9 Zephaniah 9/2
#12 Hurley’s Way 7/2
The Ed Moger-trained #9 Zephaniah looks like he could get an easy lead, but will he be able to last?
Bob Baffert has been running #12 Hurley’s Way in maiden special weight routes and now cuts back to maiden claiming 7 furlongs. Hurley’s Way was third best of 41 while working out at 4 furlongs on Jan. 15 and should perform better facing weaker. Second-timer #5 You Wood was bet to 4-to-1 versus nine others in his debut and he looks like a solid gelding for trainer Vladimir Cerin.
And finally, you can’t ignore the 72 Beyer Speed Figure run by #6 Rise Above in a Jan. 4 route race. Trainer Mel Stute hit at only eight percent in 2008, but Stute looks like he’s got this one headed in the right direction.
At 2/1 or more, I’ll bet $300 on #6 Rise Above and $200 on #12 Hurley’s Way.
But if either Rise Above or Hurley’s way are 9/5 or less, then I’ll replace which ever horse has unbettable odds with a $200 wager on #5 You Wood at 2/1 to 10/1 and $200 on Zemphaniah, #9, at 7/2 or more .