Breeders Cup Classic Contender Lawyer Ron

Lawyer Ron comes into the Breeders Cup Classic off a 2nd place finish behind Curlin in the Jockey Gold Cup. Lawyer Ron gained automatic entry into the Breeders Cup Classic with his victory in the Whitney.

He will be one of the top betting choices in the Breeders Cup Classic at Monmouth Park on Saturday, October 27th.

Lawyer Ron won both the Whitney and the Woodward at Saratoga this year.  He also won the Oakland Handicap this year.  He was second to Curlin in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in his final prep race for the Breeders Cup Classic.  His pedigree is a good one as his sire Langfuhr produced Canadian Triple Crown Winner Wando along with Jambalaya and Imperial Gesture.  It should be noted that history is not on Lawyer Ron’s side in this race.  There has only been one horse in the history of the Breeders Cup Classic to come back the following year after losing in the Classic and win.  That horse was Alysheba in 1988.  The other problem facing Lawyer Ron is that he has struggled on Polytrack.  Lawyer Ron has been superb in races on the dirt but has struggled on the turf and on polytrack.  He is 0-7 in races that are not on the dirt.

Probable Betting Odds:  7-2
Trainer:  Todd Pletcher
Jockey:  John Velazquez
Dosage Index 4.14
2007 Record:  Four wins, two 2nd place finishes and one 3rd place finish. (7-4-2-1)

2007 Key Races:

1st in Oakland Handicap – Lawyer Ron was ridden by Edgar Prado in this race and easily took the lead and won going away by four lengths. It was such an easy win that Prado never used the whip.

1st in Whitney Stakes – John Velazquez took over as the jockey and won the Whitney with Lawyer Ron in a track record time of 1:46.64.

1st in Woodward Stakes – Lawyer Ron won over a fast track by over 8 lengths in a time of 1:48.60.

2nd in Jockey Club Gold Cup – He finished 2nd to Curlin in his last prep race for the Breeders Cup Classic.