Season 33 Race Preview Route Championship 2 YO Colts Final

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The big money route finals are finally here! We have a dozen 2 YO colts set to battle for 10F for the ultimate prize. The winner will get the lion’s share of 327,200Kc. It was a long journey for these 2 YOs to get the necessary points to make it into the big money finals. Amazing job by the connections to get to this point. Let’s take a closer look at the field.

 

#1 HEART FULL OF G’S

Has struggled of late to find his best form coming into the finals. The bronze medalist in the 12F Saratoga Classic Stakes has been no better than 5th in qualifiers and would need to improve and get a big of racing luck to factor on the podium. While his speed figures have trended the wrong way he does have a big of late kick to offer should he get enough pace in front. Needs to find more.

#2 LONENEEDEDHIMLASTYR

Rising star this season he’s been mixing it up with both creates and homebreds in his juvenile season. Interestingly, he’s “only” been able to beat homebreds, while against creates he’s only been able to nibble around the top prize. His best turn of foot has been on display in the longer marathon distances of 11 and 12F, however, he did defeat a first level allowance group over the weeds in 2:02.83 at tonight’s distance. He seems to be comfortable anywhere on the track and with his inside foe void of early speed his pilot figures to be racing forwardly tonight. Podium contender.

#3 ROYAL WINNER

Have to go back to opening week to find his first and only win against MSW foes. To his credit he’s faced quality foes all season long, but even his minor board placings in these qualifiers have been of the “distant” variety. He draws the dreaded 3 hole tonight and both of his previous runs from this post have been difficult to overcome; failing to beat any horses in those starts. I would like his chances of coasting up for the minors if we were going longer, but he’s hard to imagine being a factor at tonight’s distance.

#4 TIGER ON THE PROWL

Enter’s tonight’s finals off the strength of two minor board finishes going longer. The lightly raced gelding’s only appearance at tonight’s distance was a disappointing 6th after training so well at the route distances earlier that month. Both of his career wins have been sprinting and he’ll need to show he can still outfinish this group when going long. He has a punchers chance for minors, but would need to move forward off his last.

#5 NO KLOO

Was the leader in points leading up to tonight’s final, but amazingly never defeated qualifier foes in 4 outs. His sharp form earlier this season against allowance foes that saw him breeze through the D division in just 4 races seems to have evaporated against hard knocking stakes foes. He’s had trouble of late racing from further off the pace so we’ll look to see if he can break cleaner tonight to be part of the first flight for his best chance.

#6 THE GREAT MAGNIFICO

Another lightly raced juvy comes into tonight’s contest looking to break his N2L condition in the biggest of spots. The BlueChip Farms gelding qualified for this final off a strong runnerup finish going shorter and a distant 4th at 12F. He’s had plenty of chances at tonight’s distance to get his 2nd win (4 races) but has failed to do better than 3rd against easier allowance foes. If you’re looking for something to get this one over the top, perhaps the switch back to dirt, a surface he’s recorded his fastest speed figs might be what he needs to turn the tables. Has to show more for a podium spot.

#7 FASTER LONGER

Was a smart 35Kc claim earlier this season for his connections who’ve not only made it into the top 10 in the standings, but have also shown to be savvy evaluator of horseflesh as well. He’s never been out of the superfecta in 7 runs with this barn and and a return to his favorite distance (2 of his 3 wins) has this one on edge for a big performance tonight. Podium contender.

#8 STYLISH BONES

Had had a nice juvenile campaign scoring 4 times and banking just over 93Kc for his veteran conditioner. Of late he’s attempted to dual qualify for the Classic Champ final, dropping his last 3 contests and finishing out of the money each time. He gets more ground to cover here and returns to the distance he’s recorded 3 of his 4 wins. His lone off the board finish traveling 10 panels was a difficult and wide trip in the Houston Stakes last month. He’s shown a great degree of professionalism this season winning from a variety of different trips he’s my choice to get his veteran trainer his first championship.

#9 TWICE WORTHY

Gelding has won nearly half of his 11 starts this season for his connections in a solid freshman campaign. He received the confidence builder last out defeating the minimum in a mid-level claiming event since recording his last win in early February. His workload so far has been “appointment only” and I’ve not yet figured out what his best distance is. His success for the most part has been at the 11-12F distances, but he’s also run a couple of speedy 10F races this season, including his maiden breaker in a flashy 2:02.91. With as much success as he’s had this season notching the 5 wins, his speed figs have fallen well short of the career top he received back in January. Has a shot for the minors, but has to take a big step forward tonight.

#10 ARISE AGAIN

Has dropped his last 9 decisions since breaking his maiden and defeating his entrymate above on opening day. He’s another that’s seen a sharp decline in his speed figs since facing winners, but has qualified nevertheless with 2 show checks in 6 outs against this group. I’m still trying to figure out why a horse who broke his maiden at this distance in a nice 2:02.92 has lost every race since, with 5 of those at 10F. Difficult outside post leaves a tough ask for a top 3 finish.

#11 PUMPKIN GOES LONG

Another who’s eligible for the N2L condition, in a division that’s lacked a true standout all season long. His connections have gotten very little from this juvy since the geld in early February and his 10F preps for tonight’s final have been poor. Would need more distance and a hot pace to have any chance.

#12 DRAGON FIRE

The Saratoga Classic victor has been solid in his limited workload this season. His other win was probably more impressive than the former, drawing away by 3 lengths in a quick 2:32.02 for 12F. The negative, however, outside of the extremely wide post assignment is his ability to get 10F. His 3 trips below 11F he was hopelessly outrun in each. Would prefer if this season’s renewal was a longer trip.

Picks: 8, 2, 7, 4