The Bold Ruler Handicap Looks “Creepy”

 3  AQU    The Bold Ruler Handicap (GIII)

$200.000      7f      Dirt          Hcp Weights

Sprinters will be the focus today as we look at the field for the 2019 running of The Bold Ruler Hcp (GIII) going 7f at the Big A.  I’ve always looked at this as a key sprint stakes and wish they would moved this back a few weeks as we prep for the BC, but here we are and we have a great, full field for this one.  My top choice sneaks into this one as He Needsa Manzillian scratches, so Creep City looks ready to run another big race.  Lightly campaigned this season, he hasn’t missed the board with a 1-2-1 record in four starts, and changed hands via private sale and at a heft price for a 4yo gelding.  He’s just missed in two graded starts, prior to the sale, and I think he will be the one to beat, if he can overcome the outside post.  Lucky Star is another that seems to be sitting on a big race and perhaps a win.  Moving over to the powerful Mb Stables off of a private purchase, the 6yo gelding ran a bang-up race when second in the Vosburgh (GI) in his first start for the new trainer.  The old boy seems to be as sharp as ever and looks like a solid play to me.  I’ll put Have A Seat on my tickets as well, and at 7yo, he’s another than just seems to defy age.  He is 3-for-5 this season, and he was 9-for-4 last year so it’s really hard to fault this ol’ boy.  He’s in great hands and should be a huge factor in this one as well.  Glorious is another that has been right in the thick of some very tough races and although the post does him no favors, he just missed by a head at WO from an outside post.

Here’s the field –  

 1    Broken Tap     Arindel    Needs his best to be part of this one   6/1

 2    Relentless     TwinTowersRacing   Last pair dull, shortens up looking for old form   8/1

 3    Notable     D J C Racing Stables   Did improve while switching to sprint distance   8/1

 4    He Needsa Manzillian   Estero Farms                 –SCRATCHED–    SCR

 5    Have A Seat     Maxmillion Farm    Back-to-back wins vs. softer, needs his best   4/1

 6    Striped Maple   Nakamura Stables   Hard to like vs. this bunch     15/1

 7    Lucky Star     Mb Stables     Solid effort in first try for this barn, looks poised   5/2

 8    Blurred Return   Spankys Barn   Has been facing tough horses, maybe this is the spot  10/1

 9    Air Show   Mb Stables   Must improve for a minor share   12/1

10  Charleys Agent    Fractious    Second try for new barn, needs to improve    9/1

11  Shanghai Days    Night Rider Stables    Clunker last out, can he get back on form?   5/1

12  Glorious     Spankys Barn   Been hanging around vs. graded types    7/2

13  Creep City   Alydar Stables    Draws in, looks the part      7/5

COZMAN Picks   13 / 7  /  5             Willie’s Green Card    7  /  13  /  5              Scotty       12  /  8  /  13 

Categories: Grade III, Races, STAKES ARTICLES

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