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2015 Spiral

Spiral Stakes at Turfway

American PharoahThis weekend we have the last two races of the Kentucky Derby Points System where the winners get 50 points. These races are the Sunland Derby on Sunday and the Spiral Stakes this Saturday. After these two have run we’ll have an increase in points where the winners will receive 100 points. If you are unfamiliar with the points system or just want all of the information concerning these races, see our post here- 2015 Kentucky Derby Points System. Be sure and bookmark that page for future reference as we are constantly updating it as these races take shape. Last Saturday we had the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park where American Pharoah got his 3rd win in a row and dominated the field with a 6 ¼ length victory. Let’s see what’s brewing here in the Spiral!

Turfway’s Spiral Stakes

Royal SonThe $550,000 Grade 3 Spiral Stakes is the 11th race on the card at Turfway on Saturday and will feature a field of 12 three year olds traveling 1 1/8 mile. The 7/2 morning line favorite in this race is Royal Son. Royal Son recently won the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway by 5 ¼ lengths in gate to wire fashion. Challenging him on the morning line is Imperia and Metaboss, both at 4 to 1. Metaboss recently won the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby coming from the clouds and pulling away by 2 ½ lengths. Imperia, on the other hand, is coming out of a 5th place finish in the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds. Out of these three, Royal Son has the most dominant speed figure in the field and will be tough to beat. Conquest TyphoonThat means we need someone to go with him for the early lead. For value, I’m going with Mike Smith on Conquest Typhoon at 5 to 1 on the ML. Conquest Typhoon has shown some real versatility in his races and seems to adapt well to whatever pace scenario sets up. Guided by Mike Smith, I believe he will put in a good effort here. For a longshot, I like Watchyourownbobber at 20 to 1 on the morning line. He’s taking a big step up here, but he was claimed 2 back and is now training under Michael Maker. I have to believe that Maker sees something in this horse to put him here and I believe we may see it as well come Saturday. Good luck everybody!

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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