by Frank Carulli
February 18, 2021
STRONACH 5 ANALYSIS
LEG A // LAUREL, RACE 9 (4:17PM ET) // ALLOWANCE // 5 1/2 FURLONGS (DIRT)
This field of Maryland breds in proven at Laurel Park, with a combined 123-23-24-18 record, mandating an "ALL" play to start the day.
LEG B // SANTA ANITA, RACE 4 (4:35PM ET) // MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT // 6 1/2 FURLONGS (TURF)
KRISTEL'S REBEL debuts for O'Neill with a good work tab, a dam who won on turf and a tempting price with jockey looking for first win of meet. QUEEN'S CODE raced 5-wide and ran third in his debut on the grass behind a winner who finished second five times in MSW company. JUNGLE BOY missed his entire 3-year-old season, but he is a full brother to $438k earner Mr. Hinx, who won 2 of 3 on the turf.
LEG C // LAUREL, RACE 10 (4:48PM ET) // MAIDEN CLAIMING // 7 FURLONGS (DIRT)
PARDON THE PUN blew commanding stretch leads in his last four route attempts, now shortens up to 7F. TALE OF DIXIE awaited room mid-turn against Pardon The Pun, finished a willing third and makes his third start of a cycle. WAR LIGHT didn't run to his bullet workout at Fair Hill in his $40,000 debut but he can't be discounted. UNION CHARM debuted as a 4-year-old in MSW company at Belmont, showed nothing in four starts, now starts for a new barn.
LEG D // GULFSTREAM, RACE 9 (5:16PM ET) // OPTIONAL CLAIMING // 5 FURLONGS (TURF)
ARCH OF FIRE, far back after a slow start in his MSW turf debut at Saratoga, made an eye-catching move on the turn before flattening out while 5-wide in the stretch. He takes on multiple-winning Florida breds but still might be good enough to carry today's Stronach 5 hopes at 30-1 on the morning line.
LEG E // GOLDEN GATE, RACE 3 (5:25PM ET) // CLAIMING // 1 MILE (ALL WEATHER)
OF GOOD REPORT, crowded at the start on his return to the main track, rallied 5-wide to a brief stretch lead but settled for third behind repeater Harmon (5-19, $118k).
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Leg A: ALL
Leg B: 4, 5, 6
Leg C: 6, 7, 8, 10
Leg D: 8
Leg E: 2