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#8 Firing Line (4/1)
Gary Stevens, Simon Callaghan
Firing Line ran right back to an 81 final Pace Figure in the Derby, running an impressive second to American Pharoah. Initially a “cause for concern,” those back-to-back 81's look strikingly like a foundation for future success. If in fact his foundation (two or more races around the same final figure) is 81, he is a formidable opponent for American Pharoah, who just did something similar.
The outside post position (#8) in a small field gives Firing Line a tactical advantage if he breaks strong, which is expected. Jockey Gary Stevens rode Oxbow on the lead to win the 2013 Preakness Stakes at odds of over 10-1. This setup could be very similar to the 2013 Preakness with the exception of the potential superstar on the rail.
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