2015 Razorback Handicap

Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn

TapitureLet’s preview the running of the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap- four year olds and upward going a distance of 11/16 miles for a purse of  $250,000. By the way, this race is named for my favorite mascot in the world! Go Hogs! The morning line favorite is Steve Asmussen’s Tapiture with Ricardo Santana in the saddle. While this one has been off since October he has been working a hole in the wind at the Fair Grounds. His last win was in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby last year in August. He likes to lay just off the pace and then pounce. Second choice in the ML is William Gowan’s Ride On Curlin with the veteran Jon Court in the irons. He was entered in an optional claiming race here at the Spa in January for $30,000 where he was not eligible to be claimed. Smart move. He won that one despite getting out of the gate a step slow. Then he was entered in the Essex Handicap where he finished second. He too prefers to lay just off the pace.

Race DayThird choice in the morning line is Brad Cox’s Carve with Jesus Castanon up. He is coming off of a three length win in the $100k Fifth Season here at Oaklawn where he looked really sharp. He likes being on or just off the lead and I imagine he will be there in this one. He is sporting a nice speed figure from his last race and certainly seems to be at the top of his game. Here’s what I think. I think that Todd Pletcher has a reason for entering his lightly raced colt Race Day in this race. John Velazquez gets the nod and he has a superior number two races back. Also Velazquez opted to ride this one instead of Asmussen’s charge for whom he rode in the previous race. I pick Race Day to win it with Carve second and Tapiture third. Happy Handicapping Guys and Gals!




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