09/18/2010 1:45PM

Marino spells double trouble with Cured, Mr. Real Deal


On e way or another, owner-trainer Joe Marino figures to have a good chance to get the job done in Tuesday’s featured eighth race at Finger Lakes.

Marino has the coupled entry of 7-year-old Cured and 4-year-old The Real Deal available for a 5 1/2-furlong sprint open to New York-breds who have not won two statebred allowance races or $8,000 claimers.

Although Cured is a 13-time winner, he is still eligible for the allowance condition after failing nine times to clear this same level since 2008. Last time out, against similar competition, he led until deep stretch before settling for second at 8-1 odds. Cured was scratched from a race against open $6,250 company on Saturday’s card in favor of this spot.

Jose Osorio, who has gone 7 for 19 riding for Marino this season, retains the mount on Cured. He has 2 wins and a second aboard the gelding in 3 races since May.

Marino also has Mr. Real Deal, whose preferred running style on or close to the early pace resembles that of his stablemate, meaning a duel could develop if both parts of the entry run. Mr. Real Deal has won 3 of 6 starts this season after being claimed for $4,000 last December.

Three of Mr. Real Deal’s last four Beyer Speed Figures fall in the narrow range of 78 to 82, which would make him a formidable threat in this spot. Most recently, Mr. Real Deal won at this condition two starts ago and led through the first five furlongs of a similar six-furlong sprint as the 8-5 favorite on Aug. 28. He runs for the $8,000 optional claiming tag.

Dennis Carr, who has been aboard for Mr. Real Deal’s last five races and is 11 for 46 riding for Marino this season, retains the mount.

Tell Me First and Run Warrior Run are viable alternatives to Marino’s coupled pair.

The 5-year-old Tell Me First, idle since late July, won an allowance against open company the last time he returned from an extended break in early May. He prepped for his comeback with a five-furlong bullet in 1:00 last Monday.

Run Warrior Run, a 5-year-old from the barn of leading trainer Chris Englehart, needs a fast, contested pace to do his best running. He has been a disappointment to win bettors since clearing his first allowance condition in early June, losing two of his last three starts as the favorite.