Nine Go To Gate in Excelsior

4/25/2015  Post Time 1:20

RACE 1 AQU   The Excelsior (GIII)

$200.000   4yo&Up    1  1/4m  Inner Dirt

 Intrusion  BomBay Stables  Rice T B 123
 Never Happier  Axeman  Ortiz J L 123
 War On War  Hippyheart  Arroyo A S 123
 Victory Meal  Pumpkin Racing  Alvarado J 125
 Hyper Silver  Night Rider Stables  Carmouche K 123
 Nile Warrior  Canadian Racing  Ortiz I Jr 123
 Mayan Slew  Wolfs Den  Velasquez C H 123
 Futurity  Emerald Racing Inc  Franco M 123
 Masquerade City  Mb Stables  Beato I 123
 Optimist  Mb Stables  – Scratch – 123

Willie’s Green Card    6  /  5


The 2015 Excelsior seems to be a 2-part story – Nile Warrior and who wants to run second to him here today.  Second in the BC Classic (GI), and a winner of almost $2,400.000 last season, the chestnut stallion kicked-off 2015 with a nice Alw score at GP, leading wire to wire that was more like a paid work-out than anything.  He won that by 3 after setting a pace that didn’t allow anything near him.  They do make a bit of a pilot change here today, but I think I could ride him to victory in this one.

Let’s put Hyper Silver under him in the exacta.  He won the Stymie over this track last out, closing well to get the job done.  He’s never been the mile and a quarter distance, but it doesn’t appear to be something he can’t handle.  I don’t think he can get to the winner, but he looks ‘best-of-the-rest’ to me.



Categories: Grade III

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