Best Bet: COZY KITTEN (9)

Best Value: COLLIN’S SMILE (5)

FIRST: Daves Gone Bananas is fresh, training sharply and fired big effort off the bench this past winter. Jet Black has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? Cold Gone Hot debuts for Linda Rice; watch tote for additional clues.

SECOND: Speightman returns to dirt and could be aided by pace meltdown at fat ticket. Strong Dude owns speed and fast figs but has lost ground in the stretch in all nine starts; you’ve been warned. Too Wild To Repent owns competitive numbers on best efforts; don’t ignore.

THIRD: Kitai is improving with each start and makes quick return after strong placing last week. Ice Palace runs late and could be the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues. Fast Retailing was dead last from start to finish last time but owns fast numbers on best efforts; mixed message.

FOURTH: Tizacinch was pace and trip compromised in last; forward move predicted. Nice Try drops after much-improved fifth in first grass start; dangerous. Son of Oahu is fresh and owns fast final figures on “A” game.

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FIFTH: Collin’s Smile raced wide in last and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat today. Rapid Rouge was done in by scorching fractions last time; more than good enough with softer flow. First Ranger should be favorably placed near the front in big field. Hector’s Pride is another with speed and owns swift final numbers on best; must be factored into the mix.

SIXTH: Church Social tallied solid late pace figure when a useful fourth in debut; more to come. Conquest Lucknlove is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Lemondrop Lollipop was a better-than-it-looks fourth in lone turf start; right in the thick of this.

SEVENTH: Ice Festival has worked three times since tough-trip placing in last at Gulfstream; rates close call in contentious field. Villa Savoye owns a win at a marathon distance and should offer generous ticket in contentious field. Sympathy finished second in both stateside starts; likely favorite.

EIGHTH: Pegasus Red gets confident price hike after clear-cut placing in last; more to give. One Sided packs potent late kick on best efforts; very playable. Uncharted Course owns speed and fast figures; logical, short-priced player. True Bet gets favorable cutback to 6 furlongs; dangerous.

NINTH: Cozy Kitten was victimized by wide trip in last after logging improved final fraction in previous start; bounces back today. Aripeka was a fast-figured, front-end winner in last at Gulfstream and now makes first start since claimed by Danny Gargan; very dangerous. China Prince possesses a strong stretch rally on best efforts. Dendrite is speedy and rested; worth long look at long price.