Palace Tries for General George H.
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Mon 17/02/2014 - 15:13 EST
Maryland race fans can spend their holiday Monday watching and wagering graded-stakes action at Laurel Park, with the running of the $250,000 Grade III General George Handicap. For three-year-olds and […]
Maryland race fans can spend their holiday Monday watching and wagering graded-stakes action at Laurel Park, with the running of the $250,000 Grade III General George Handicap. For three-year-olds and up, the General George will be run over seven furlongs. With the scratch of Javerre, eight are expected to break from the gate, led by the clear 8-5 favorite in the form of Palace. A New York-bred trained by Linda Rice, Palace has only been out of the money twice in 16 lifetime starts, with one of those a DNF.
Palace knows how to get to the wire first
During the second half of the 2013 season, Palace ran off a string of three straight stakes wins, including the Grade III Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct in late November. He then ran second behind the tough Strapping Groom in the Gravesend Handicap, and was again second his last out, in the Gold and Roses Stakes one month ago. A challenge in the General George could come from the second choice in Tenango (7-2), coming in off an AOC win.
Odds could be tempting for the exotics
Looking like a race that sets up for an exotic score, Maryland’s own Broad Rule (10-1) came from off the pace in his last start to win the Fire Plug Stakes at Laurel going six furlongs at better than 12-1. Kentucky-bred Smash and Grab (12-1) has won two consecutive at the allowance level, and was in the money in four straight stakes races at Delaware last summer, picking up one win. Although he only ran once in 2013, finishing fifth in the Teddy Drone Stakes, Well Spelled (8-1) does have a Grade III victory on his resume.
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