2014 Razorback Handicap

Oaklawn’s Razorback Handicap

Called To ServeLet’s look at the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap for four year olds and upward going a distance of 11/16 miles for a purse of  $200,000. The morning line favorite is Steven Asmussen’s Called to Serve. This five year old gelding has not run in a race since March of last year and yet he has been determined to be the favorite. He has the riding services of Ricardo Santana today. Two years ago in 2012 he did win the Grade 3 Discovery at Aqueduct. Does anyone besides me believe that he does not deserve favoritism? Come on man. I mean you have to show me that your legs are still operational at least to win a Grade 3 after a year layoff. He may win it but without my money I assure you. Second in the ML is Bob Baffert’s Govenor Charlie. This 4 yearold colt has run once this year and finished second in the Grade 2 Strub at Santa Anita. He is a lightly raced colt who has just five races under his belt, and likes to stay close to the lead. He will be ridden by Mike Smith. He was working fairly well out at Santa Anita before shipping to Oaklawn.

Golden LadThird choice of the ML is Tim Glyshaw’s six year old gelding Taptowne. Taptowne is a consistent sort but with very little graded stakes experience. He likes to get to the lead as soon as possible and try to hold on for the win. He will be ridden by Norberto Arroyo. I would be remiss not to mention Todd Pletcher’s four year old colt Golden Lad. He is shipping in here from Gulfstream off of three straight wins and has no graded stakes experience, but I think Pletcher knows something that we don’t. He is the stalker type and will be running from just off of the pace. Jose Lezcano will be in the irons. I believe that Golden Lad will get his first graded stakes win with Taptowne second and Govenor Charlie third. Have a good handicapping day guys and gals!




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