Maiden Claiming $50,000, 7 furlongs, 3-year-olds
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#2 Benezit 4/1
#6 The Major 12/1
#7 Philly Slew 12/1
#8 Eddie the Hat 2/1
In his Jan 1 race at one mile, #2 Benezit was very wide on both turns and still ran a 67 Beyer Speed Figure. And on Nov. 15, Benezit also ran well after breaking slowly, earning a 78 BSF.
Jerry Hollendorfer owns and trains #6 The Major, and this horse shows some sharp workouts, although it’s tough to win first time out at 7 furlongs. Just outside of him, #7 Philly Slew ran OK in his Jan 10 debut and could surprise with improvement.
The speed of the race clearly belongs to #8 Eddie the Hat, who might take them wire to wire if he can slow them down through the first half mile.
I’m betting $200 to win on #2 Benezit at 2/1 to 9/1 and $150 on #6 The Major if he’s 7/2 to 9/1. If these horses go off at 10/1 to 19/1 then my bet is reduced to $100.
However, if either of these horses scratches or if The Major goes off at 20/1 or more, then I’ll put $200 on #8 Eddie the Hat at 2/1 and up.