Most Likely Winner: (Race 7: Rollin in Diamonds #2, 5/2):
Trainer Todd Fincher has quite a solid reputation when it comes to conditioning. This homebred is by Roll Hennessy Roll, and they will be making their 2nd lifetime start. The gelding was 7th on debut in a MSW @Zia Park, but he was probably trying to figure out just what was going on. Fincher will have had time to work with his charge, and I would expect the runner to be calibrated much differently this time around. Talent exists, it just needs time to develop. Is another training title in Fincher’s future? We expect so …
Wagering Recommendation: $100 Win, #2
Off-the-Pace Play of the Day: (Race 8: B a Champion #6, 15/1):
Looking for some value on this card, I found a gem in this runner … odds of 15/1. Trainer Jimmy Collier watched this one run on nicely earlier in the year at the MSW level @Ruidoso Downs. After some time off in September, the gelding by Indy Express went to Zia Park looking for a fight in ALLW Co. The result was less than sparkling. After 3 more races (one was a BT), I think he is poised to profit from the switch in scenery. Some horses just do not like certain tracks, and coming to Sunland should do the trick. What a price!
Spotlight Race of the Day: (Race 6: Dirt, 6F, MSW20.4, 2):
Here is a challenging little MSW Co. race that will test our abilities. I have what I think is a clear winner, so it is just a matter of figuring out how to construct a nifty bet. As for the top selection, no one would be more pleased than Mattress Mack to see Runhappy’s offspring win and win and win … The Houston-based philanthropist decided to go with famed Claiborne Farm to be the home for his stud. Now, his progeny run far and wide. Norwood #6 is a colt dusting off his shoes, and getting back to business after making his debut way back at Keeneland last April for the Chapman Barn. He is with Joy Martin these days, and after some works at Zia, and more recently at Sunland, the colt looks ready to go with 1st time Lasix. The best news is he gets one of the budding young regional riders in the country in Roimes Chirinos. This young man has talent, and this should be a good pairing on Opening Day! Using him on top is the plan, but I also like Revolt and Riot #2, Thirsty Echo #5, and Valiant Charge #7. These should help us cash! Runhappy … cash happy!
Wagering Recommendation: $2 Superfecta Wheel, 6 w 2/5/7 w 2/5/7 w 2/5/7