Fore­vamo may need a race

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Mar­cus Hersh

Fore­vamo is ready to make his first start since Au­gust in the fea­tured eighth race Fri­day at Fair Grounds, but ready to start is not the same as ready to win.

With lead­ing Fair Grounds jockey Florent Ger­oux named to ride and some de­gree of name recog­ni­tion be­hind him, Fore­vamo might be bet be­low fair value in a sec­ondlevel, dirt-route al­lowance also open to $40,000 claimers, a race that is very solid for the class level.

Fore­vamo ran be­low his best form when he fin­ished a onepaced sixth Aug. 6 in the West Vir­ginia Derby. Trainer Al Stall and owner Brit­tlyn Sta­ble de­cided there­after to pull the

plug on Fore­vamo’s 3-year-old cam­paign and point to 2017, and here they are.

“He’s been train­ing re­ally well and he looks great,” Stall said. “Does that mean he’s ready to win? I don’t know. We’re just look­ing for­ward to get­ting him started. Noth­ing’s been rushed.”

At his best, Fore­vamo fin­ished se­cond, beaten just a half-length by Grade 1 win­ner Gun Run­ner in the Risen Star Stakes about a year ago at Fair Grounds. In May, in the Pat Day Mile around one turn at Churchill Downs, he was se­cond be­hind Sharp Azteca, who, af­ter a win last week­end, looks like one of the top dirt mil­ers in North Amer­ica. Those two races beg the ques­tion: Is Fore­vamo bet­ter at one turn or two?

And here’s a ques­tion re­gard­ing Flash­light, who is 6-1 on the morn­ing line and a po­ten­tially at­trac­tive play in the Fri­day fea­ture: Has a switch from turf to dirt sud­denly re­vi­tal­ized him?

Flash­light, who races un­der the $40,000 claim­ing op­tion, ran into the ex­tremely tal­ented and stakes-bound De­cem­ber Seven in a race at this class level Dec. 29. Stuck be­hind horses along the rail, 7-year-old Flash­light pulled hard on the reins like a young horse still try­ing to fig­ure out how to race, but the larger take­away was how strongly he trav­eled over the main track, eas­ily hold­ing se­cond in an en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mance.

Also wor­thy of win con­sid­er­a­tion are the two horses from the last Fair Grounds race at this class level and dis­tance, Valiant City and Egyp­tian, who were one-two Jan. 22, with Valiant City ral­ly­ing late to edge Egyp­tian. Egyp­tian, who is lightly raced with more up­side than Valiant City, has led in his last two starts, but on Fri­day could wind up press­ing the pace of the fast stretch-out sprinter Ex­o­dus.

Also in the field is an­other 4-year-old mak­ing his first start of 2017, Syn­chrony, who is un­raced since fin­ish­ing third in the Grade 3 Lex­ing­ton last April at Keeneland.

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