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Breeders' Cup 2017

Ruler On Ice Tepid Pennsylvania Derby Favorite

Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice, most recently 4th in the Travers, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's Pennsylvania Derby from Parx Racing.

Ruler On Ice won an entry level allowance race at Parx in February and Garrett Gomez will climb aboard for the first time on Saturday. The Kelly Breen charge figures to save all of the ground from the inside post and has enough positional speed to keep the leaders in his sights.

Rattlesnake Bridge could be the value play at 4-1. Kiaran McLaughlin's Travers runner-up flashed promise right out of the box with a debut sprint win at Gulfstream in February and a place finish behind Uncle Mo in the Timely Writer second time out. He caught off tracks in two subsequent flat mile starts and seemed to turn the corner in Monmouth Park's Long Branch Stakes in July. His numbers continue to climb and John Velazquez rides him well.

To Honor And Serve capped a successful juvenile campaign with wire job tallies in the Nashua and Remsen at Aqueduct. He began his sophomore season with a pair of non-threatening show finishes in the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby and disputed the pace before fading in his needed Amsterdam sprint return Aug 1. He was back to his old self in a romping route win at the Spa Aug 26 and appears ready for prime time once again. John Velazquez abandons for Rattlesnake Bridge but today's pilot Jose Lezcano booted him home in the aforementioned Nashua.

Tony Dutrow has an upcoupled pair (Rush Now, J W Blue) and both are cross-entered in the grassy Kent Stakes at Delaware Park. The former is a pace factor and the latter rallied for the show in the Travers.

Pender Harbour captured two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown and won his lone conventional dirt try at Fort Erie. The late runner needs pace help and a fair racetrack.

Arthur's Tale has not competed since a neck defeat in the Wood Memorial and might need the outing.

Norman Asbjornson exits a sharp Optional Claiming route win at Park but his speed ratings are a bit light.

Isn't He Perfect rounds out the field. The outsider switches surfaces in his third start off a layoff and tries to snap a six-race skid.

The Grade 2, nine furlong Pennsylvania Derby goes at the 11th race at Parx on September 24th with a scheduled post time of 5:45pm eastern. 



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Hey Coggins whoo's laughing now, THAS, proved to be the key foe in Stakes Record Time! Ruler On Ice did have something to say ,he finished second, and Rattlesnake Bridge was Third! Where is Rush Now? His Rushing Skills are about as good as the Chicago Bears,as they couldn't contain GREEN BAY!
As for the rain forecast, Ruler On Ice does have the experience, but, THAS has never been over a sloppy oval. His sire has produced 30% mud winners, which is a very high percentage. So, therefore, despite the fact that he's never seen a sloppy track, I believe he might be there, based on his sire's mudder% winners. Let the race begin!!!!
Protagonist you're funny,Ha Ha! THAS is getting his game back,after injuries, Ruler on Ice is lucky to have been forwardly placed in the Belmont ,prior to that he hadn't done much,sure he gets Go Go this time, and Rattlesnake Bridge is on the improve. I'm going to say that Rush Now is ready to roll out a big race in the wake of his W.Va. Derby attempt.
Ruler on Ice will have something to say in here with the Weather Forcast calling for Rain, as we've all seen he seems to like an off Track,but will he Reighn? THAS is still his Key foe,Hopefully they both don't get swept under the Rattlesnake Bridge.
I really liked Rattlesnake Bridge going into the Travers, but he ran into Stay Thirsty. THAS's inconsistency scares me. Ruler On Ice will need an off track to win.
I like THAS but if the track comes up muddy/sloppy then can't ignore Ruler On Ice..just remembering Belmont Stakes.

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