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B Cup Classic: Ron the Greek in focus

by Handicappers / Globeform
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Ron the Greek returns to the scene of his finest hour, trying to follow up on his gutsy win in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) back in March.

To be proven over course and distance is a big plus, and that he most certainly is. Give him a strong pace to run at, and Ron the Greek can win this BC Classic.

He came with a powerful run from well off the pace to land the Big 'Cap, winning the race going away by 3 lengths. With Setsuko second and Uh Oh Bango third one can question the quality of the opposition, but Ron the Greek was so much the best he confirmed his place in the elite that day. He went on to be second to Alternation in the 9-furlong Oaklawn Handicap (G2), where the winner enjoyed a soft lead over a speed favoring track, and gained another big win when getting a better test of stamina in the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs in June. Wise Dan, arguably the best horse in North America these days, was asked to give Ron the Greek four pounds in the Foster.

The weights tipped it slightly in Ron's favor, as he got up to win by a head. Nates Mineshaft finished third, with Alternation back in fourth. Ron the Greek, a five-year-old with 7 wins from 21 starts, has had two runs since. He was runner-up 1 lengths shy of Fort Larned when giving that rival three pounds in the Whitney Handicap (G1) at Saratoga on August 4 (Flat Out finished third) and rather dull when sixth of ten behind Flat Out in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont on September 29. Prior to that poor effort, Ron the Greek had been first or second on eight consecutive starts. He is a tough and battle hardened entire whose winning chances increase markedly in strongly-run races.

Published: 2012-10-28 04:59:17

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