As you can see, E Z Larry is the 5/2 morning line favorite in Friday’s 3rd Race at Emerald Downs. Post time is 7:36 p.m.
The race is 5 1/2 furlongs for 3-year-old maidens (non-winners) with an $8,000 claiming price.
I think we have a great chance to win. Isaias Enriquez–who rides morning line favorite Mach One Rules Sunday in the Longacres Mile–can get the weekend off to a great start with a victory in the ERC silks. Isaias was up for the five-furlong workout last weekend and was very happy with the horse’s performance.
Track announcer Matt Dinerman, also an excellent handicapper, takes a closer look at the race. Take it away, Matt!
“Hello all! Surely you’re excited about the Longacres Mile this Sunday, but the bigger race for you all is Friday night: The E Z Larry Classic.
That’s right…E Z Larry is back in! The good news is that ‘Larry is in a much easier spot this time, so it looks like he should be much more competitive. I think he fits in well with this group.
E Z Larry looks like the one to beat on paper, but the horse you should be worried about, in my opinion, is #4 Galeforce Nine. Both of his past sprint races were solid and he just ran third going one mile. The cut back from a route to a sprint is a very profitable angle for horse players. Essentially, horses that cut back in distance are very fit and show much better stamina after running in a longer race.
More good news, though: E Z Larry finished in front of Galeforce Nine in his first career start on July 2.
Trust in the Stars is another main contender. Like E Z Larry and Galeforce Nine, Trust in the Stars drops in class. In fact, earlier in the meet he was hitting the board against maiden 15k claimers. Just three starts ago, he only lost by a head at this maiden 8k claiming level going one mile. So, he has shown ability in past starts.
There is no confirmed front runner in this race, which makes things interesting. Who will go to the lead? #1 Parker’s Prince is probably going to be sent hard by his rider, Rocco Bowen, who is known to be aggressive out of the gate. Parker’s Prince went to the lead in his first two starts, so he has shown front running sprint speed in the past. If ‘Prince has the lead to himself, then I’d expect Galeforce Nine and E Z Larry to get a perfect stalking trip off the aforementioned pacesetter. Both ‘Nine and ‘Larry have very similar stalking running styles.
The Emerald Racing Club should hope that Parker’s Prince DOES NOT get loose on the lead. In your preferred racing scenario, someone goes out to pressure Parker’s Prince and E Z Larry can get the dream “stalk and pounce” trip.