LONE SAILOR (c, Majestic Warrior-Ambitious, by Mr. Greeley)
O-GMB Racing. B-Alexander-Groves-Matz, LLC (KY). T-Thomas Amoss. Sales history: $120,000 yrl KEESEP ’16. Lifetime Record: GISP, 9-1-3-1, $334,237.
Lone Sailor was bet down to half of his realistic 50-1 morning line odds, which I can only attribute to bettors giving him generous credit for a blowout win when sprinting in the slop at Saratoga last summer. Jockey James Graham dropped him right down onto the inside rail upon leaving the gate, and he deserves credit for saving ground and edging incrementally closer down the backstretch run before clicking into a faster gear about a half mile out. But when the stalkers and closers moved en masse three-eighths out and the speed stalled near the rail, Lone Sailor’s sweet inside spot became a liability and he quickly went from being momentarily steadied to being shuffled back three or four positions within just a few strides. This colt should be a capable stakes competitor at shorter distances and at a slightly lower class level as the season progresses.