FORMER New Zealand star Lazarus has received the visitors’ draw for his American debut.
Poised to contest the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park on Friday, Lazarus will begin from barrier nine – the outside of the front row.
Despite his tough position, the Jimmy Takter-trained stallion is a 6/5 favourite following his scintillating trial last week.
With Yannick Gingras in the cart, Lazarus cruised around The Meadowlands in 1:48.3.
Lazarus was sold to US-based Taylor Made Stallions last May, with his new connections paying a $25,000 fee to have the son of Bettor’s Delight in the feature.
McWicked is on the second line of betting at $2 from gate six.
Another ex-Kiwi, Bit Of A Legend, is also in the field, with the stallion to begin from barrier five.
A multiple Group One winner before leaving the southern hemisphere, Bit Of A Legend has also been successful in numerous majors in the US.
One of the most electrifying pacers produced in modern times, Lazarus was prepared on the Shaky Isles by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, where he won 35 of his 45 starts, with nine placings also to his credit.
With earnings of $3,663,438, Lazarus is third richest Australasian standardbred and the richest stallion.
Along with the Inter Dominion, Lazarus’ victories include two New Zealand Cups, Hunter and Victoria Cups, Chariots Of Fire, Victoria, New Zealand and Great Northern Derbys, New Zealand Messenger and Taylor Mile.