2013 Fred Hooper Handicap

Fred Hooper Handicap at Calder

CsabaIt’s time to preview the Grade 3 Fred Hooper Handicap going 11/8 miles with a purse of $100,000. This is for 3 year olds and up on the main track at Calder Race Course. The morning line favorite is Csaba at 7/5. This 4 year old colt is coming off of a wire to wire victory in allowance company at Calder. He does have a Graded Stakes win over a mile early in the year at Gulfstream. In that race he came from off the pace to win which proves he does not have to have the lead. And that is good for him because there is some speed in this race.Second in the ML is a three year old by the name of Sr.Quisqueyano. This is an interesting runner who has run in some reputable stakes races and competed in several Graded races as well. His running style indicates that he wants the lead and I do believe that he will get the lead in this affair. His works are positive and I believe he is training well coming into this one.

Sr.QuisqueyanoFinally is Valid at 4 to 1. Here is a 3 year old that is coming off of a gate to wire victory in an optional claiming race. Not too inspiring, but it is noteworthy that he demolished the competition by 23 lengths. He also will be carrying a light weight of 113 pounds which could be significant.  Most of his races have come over the turf course, but his last one where he ran off and hid was on the main surface which was sloppy that day. Ok so it is time to pick a winner for this one and after much deliberation, I have settled on Sr.Quisqueyano as the winner with Csaba second and I’m Steppin’It Up third. Good luck gals and guys!



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