Plenty of Enticing Angles in Grade 3 Palm Beach

Plenty of Enticing Angles in Grade 3 Palm Beach

Category : News - Fri 26/02/2016 - 01:58 EST

The Grade 3, $150,000 Palm Beach February 27 at Gulfstream features a full field of 14 three year-old colts set to go a mile and a sixteenth on the turf in an exceptional betting race.

Giant Run (6/1) has been exceptional in two turf starts, boasting Beyer Speed Figures of 90 and 89 including a last-out maiden special weight score January 2 at Gulfstream. Both figures are better than any Beyer number posted by any competitor in the field. Trainer Thomas Albertrani (16% off 31-60 day layoffs) has given the promising son of Giant’s Causeway plenty of time since his last start. Joe Bravo will be aboard the speedy colt while breaking from post 10. Although Giant Run has shown an affinity for racing on the lead, the wide draw may allow Bravo to sit just off the early leaders. 

Urban Bourbon makes sense

Urban Bourbon (4/1) is a logical contender following his third-place effort January 2 in the Grade 3 Dania Beach. The son of City Zip is another runner who has shown marked improvement since being switched to the turf and figures to get a comfortable trip from jockey Corey Lanire who has been aboard for all but one of the colt’s six career starts. Urban Bourbon has won one of three turf starts with a top Beyer Speed Figure of 86. 

Brown runner has live look

Converge (8/1) will need to improve to factor as the lightly-raced colt makes his three year-old debut after two promising starts as a juvenile. Converge broke his maiden at first-asking in September at Belmont before finishing a fast-closing second in the $100,000 Awad Stakes October 30. He has not seen action since last fall, but trainer Chad Brown is adept with young grass runners and excels with horses making their first start off layoffs of 61-180 days (28%). 

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