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Arlington Classic Betting – Solitary Ranger Should Come Up Trumps At Arlington Park

Posted by on 5/21/2014 10:51:35 PM

California Chrome’s quest to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 will take most of the horse racing headlines. However, there is still racing to be done this weekend as the Belmont Stakes isn’t until next weekend, and Saturday features the Arlington Classic. This Grade-3 race was once the richest three-year-old race in the United States, but it has been overshadowed by many other events. Still, this race yields a purse of $150,000 for three-year-olds running 1 1/16 miles on turf, and it is open to both genders, which is why you could see a filly in this race on Saturday.

However, that filly won’t reach the winner’s circle. Instead, it will be Solitary Ranger that has the best chance of beating the field to the wire and picking up a much-needed win to boost his confidence going forward.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, May 24th, post time TBA
Where: Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, Ill
Pick: Solitary Ranger

All horses listed as probable as of Wednesday, May 21st

Afortable has won two of this three starts, both on turf, so that is promising, but he has never run in a graded-stakes race. This is obviously the next step for this three-year-old colt, which took six months off between a fifth-place run in an allowance race at Keeneland, then came back to win in the same scenario.

After two straight wins to start his career last August, Chief Barker finished sixth in the Grade-1 Racing Post Trophy, then he took seven months off and came back earlier this month to finish ninth in the Grade-2 American Turf Stakes. There might be something actually wrong with this colt, which comes from Ireland and made his American debut in the aforementioned American Turf, and another ninth-place result will likely end Chief Barker’s graded-stakes career.

Istanford has had mixed results over her eight-race career, winning twice in maiden and allowance races, and he finished second in the Grade-3 Florida Oaks, then she finished 10th in the Grade-1 Ashland in a race that was well above her skill level. She did rebound to finish second in the non-graded Edgewood this month, but you have to be a very good filly to compete with most colts, and we’re not sure that Istanford has the speed to do it.

Ry’s The Man has made eight starts, winning twice, one of which was his third maiden try and the other was an allowance race. He has never started a graded-stakes race, so this is his shot to prove he can at least place in a Grade-3 race. But it all depends on how the field shakes out and to be fair to this gelding, he has never really had a poor result, finishing no worse than fifth. This means he is at least in the mix, but Ry’s The Man will need to find another gear to do well on Saturday.

Solitary Ranger has won a graded-stakes race in the past, taking the Grade-3 Arlington-Washington Futurity last September, then he stumbled to ninth in the Grade-1 Breeders’ Futurity in October. He then won an allowance race in January on turf and then the non-graded John Battaglia Memorial in March, then he fell to ninth in the Grade-3 Spiral and fifth in the Grade-3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes. Sure, this prospective field looks like Solitary Ranger can handle it, but which version of this horse is going to show up? It will be very interesting to see on Saturday.

Tiger Bourbon hasn’t been on a race track to compete since last October, when he won an allowance race at Churchill Downs. That followed a 10th-place run in the Grade-3 Bourbon earlier that month, and he has one win and two second-place results in five starts, along with a fourth in the Grade-2 With Anticipation. There were talks of putting this colt on the Kentucky Derby trail (he was sired by Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown), but those talks fell through and now his handlers are just hoping he can be productive as an older horse. Still, he probably has better genes than the rest of the field and that has to count for something, right?

How It Will Play Out

It is tempting to take Tiger Bourbon, but it is tough to bet on a horse that hasn’t been on a track in six months. Take Solitary Ranger in the Arlington Classic on Saturday.

Arlington Classic Betting Pick: Solitary Ranger

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