Collusion Illusion will be receiving a major class drop as he makes his first start for trainer Greg Tracy on Thursday, March 3rd at Sam Houston Park.
Since returning from a layoff in the middle of the 2021 racing season, Collusion Illusion has simply never been able to match his 3-year-old form. There is no doubt the journey has not been what we had hoped it would be to this point, but we are hopeful a race like this could bring some spark back to our Grade 1 winning colt.
While Collusion Illusion has had a fair share of excuses and run into some tough luck between his feet issues, surface switch and bleeding episode, there should be no excuses against this group. The reason behind finding a race like this is to put Collusion Illusion in the easiest possible spot which as a result will hopefully boost his confidence. From a pure class standpoint, Collusion Illusion should win this race.
Collusion Illusion, who is the morning-line favorite at 5-2, will be breaking from post position 3 out of 9 in the six-furlong allowance optional claiming event with jockey Lane Luzzi aboard. The race carries a purse of $39,000 and post time is approximately 7:22 p.m. CT. Collusion Illusion is not eligible to be claimed.
About the Competition (in post position order)
Adios Carlos (15-1) was fourth in his most recent effort against state bred competition. He was returning off of nearly a six month layoff and had the right to tire but he will need to improve significantly to be a factor.
Doctor Leo (10-1) won back to back races to end 2021 and the start of the new year at Delta Downs. The connections attempted to stretch him out in distance against Louisiana-bred stakes company, where he finished fifth beaten two lengths. He hung late after looming with a bid. He’s a winner of four races from 12 lifetime starts. Needs to improve to win here but would not be surprised if he finished underneath.
Red N Wild (4-1) is a winner over the Sam Houston surface two back but wasn’t able to handle the class test last out in the Stonerside Sprint Stakes. The winner and runner up of that recent stake came right back to win which never hurts. This colt may be worth giving another shot.
Caddo Fox (8-1) makes his first start back since September 19th for trainer Danny Payne who is looking for his first win of the meet. This gelding’s race three back puts him in the mix but the competition here is a different ball game then the twice other than allowance group he beat. Work tab does not suggest he is cranked.
Bobby Brinkley (15-1) ran well sprinting on turf last time out. Would expect this stakes placed gelding to naturally take a step up from that race but we are not sure if it will be enough. Imagine he would have to run a career best race from a Beyer Speed Figure standpoint to win this one.
Fast Breakin Cash (6-1) finally draws outside after three straight starts from the rail. His recent form is solid but he was a non-factor facing better horses at Oaklawn Park last year. He is a major contender against this bunch.
It Makes Sense (3-1) has the best recency despite his last win coming just short of a year ago at Turf Paradise. Jockey/trainer combo strike at 39% over the last 12 months. It is hard to bet on a horse who hasn’t won in so long at a short price, but he has faced some of the top horses in Oklahoma like Welder.
Best of Greeley (12-1) looks to get back on track following an eighth place finish over a sloppy track. He has run some solid races at the claiming levels at “A” circuits. Has only two works since the last race on January 1st which does raise some questions. He is a factor on his best day.