Field of 10 Signed On For $60,000 Diliberto Memorial
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Sat 19/12/2015 - 19:24 EST
The tenth running of the $60,000 Buddy Diliberto Memorial December 19 at Fair Grounds features a field of ten veteran runners set to go a mile and a sixteenth on the turf course in an enticing betting race.
Former Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Regally Ready (3/1) is still performing nicely at age 8 for trainer Steve Asmussen and is fresh off a front-running score in a high-priced optional claimer November 14 at Churchill. That effort was the classy gelding’s first outing in over two months and sets him up nicely for this try while breaking from the rail under jockey Florent Geroux. Asmussen connects at a 20% clip with runners making their second start off a layoff of 45-180 days.
Flashlight always gives honest account
Flashlight is the second choice on the morning line at odds of 7/2, and will also be making his second start off a layoff of 45-180 days. The Mike Maker trainee finished second in the Grade 3 Tropical Park Derby November 21 and gets a slight break in class in the Diliberto. With 5 wins in 33 career starts, the five year-old is an infrequent visitor to the winner’s cirlce, but certainly warrants respect in this field based on class and speed figures.
Pair of value plays are ones to consider
Lewis Vale (8/1) and Ibaka (12/1) offer plenty of betting value if either stay close to thier morning line odds. The former, trained by turf-ace Michael Stidham made his first start since July with a winning effort in a $40 optional claimer November 26 at Farir Grounds with a stylish front-running score. Ibaka will be making his first start since October, but one his only turf start and could show major improvement going second-time grass.
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