The $100,000 Tropical Turf at Gulfstream Park has attracted a field of seven, including Largent.
The Todd Pletcher-trained runner makes his long-awaited comeback and he has been met with support in horse racing betting markets.
Value Proposition has also been well-backed, so it should make for an exciting one mile contest.
The 6-year-old gelding hasn’t raced since finishing second in the Pegasus World Cup behind Colonel Liam, which is excellent form.
The son of Into Mischief has had six starts for four wins, including a victory in the Grade II Fort Lauderdale at Gulfstream Park, so he runs well on the track.
“He’s a really cool horse that we’re thrilled to have coming back with Twin Creeks. You don’t see too many records like his, where he’s never been worse than second in any of his lifetime races. Multiple stakes winner. Graded stakes winner. Second by a neck in last year’s Pegasus Turf,” Eclipse managing partner Aron Wellman told BloodHorse.
“He’s an awesome horse who’s a model of consistency at a very high level, and those are very hard to come by.”
The sportsbook has taken plenty of money for the resuming star, who could hit the ground running. He has been backed into 9-5, which is a solid move for a runner that hasn’t stepped out since January 23.
It could pay to watch for late betting moves as Value Proposition has fitness under his belt.
Value Proposition Pushing for Favoritism
Value Proposition might not be as exciting as Largent, but the 6-year-old is always around the mark.
The Chad Brown-trained son of Dansili couldn’t keep up with them in the Aqueduct Turf Sprint last start, but his prior form included wins in the Red Bank Stakes and Oyster Bay Stakes.
Most of his best form has come against easier opposition, but betting online markets have him pushing Largent for favouritism.
He holds a rating of 122, which is higher than Largent. However, he will likely pull back from barrier four and he will be giving Largent a start in the home stretch.
His odds could move considerably on race day, so keep an eye on markets.
Flying Scotsman Full of Steam
Flying Scotsman is paying double-figure odds for the Tropical Turd, but the Jack Sisterson-trained runner shouldn’t be ruled out.
He is doing well following his fresh up run, according to Sisterson, so he could be the one hitting the line the hardest.
“He’s doing well. His last run was off the turf and on the Tapeta. It was his first run in probably six or seven months so he needed that run,” Sisterson said. “He’s run well off a layoff at Gulfstream. He won a nice allowance race last year in a quick time, so we expect a performance like that this weekend.”
He won at allowance level at Gulfstream Park in February last year, so he likes the track. It has his first win since taking out the Grade III Cecil B. DeMille at Del Mar in 2018, so he got back to his best.
Our horse racing best bets have Largent on top, but including Flying Scotsman in selections isn’t the worst betting strategy.