Sunday’s $60,000 Easy Goer overnight stakes is so tough that
Convocation, coming off a second straight runner-up finish in the
Westchester, may be fifth choice in the betting behind Friend Or Foe,
Mission Impazible, Rail Trip, and Tahitian Warrior.
“There should be a ‘G2’ next to that 60 thousand,” quipped John
Kimmel, who has Friend Or Foe set to launch his 4-year-old season in the
1 1/16-mile race.
Friend Or Foe swept his three starts at Belmont last year against New
York-breds, capped by a runaway score in the Empire Classic for which
he received a 109 Beyer Speed Figure, equaling Eskendereya’s Wood
Memorial as the fastest of the year by a 3-year-old router. Five weeks
later, he closed out the season with a wide-trip fifth in the Cigar
Mile, earning a 105.