Best Bet: TOUCHING MY TOES (3)
Best Value: SWEETNEIDA (7)
FIRST: Champagne Ruby returns to claiming ranks after earning career-best pace figure in last; set for breakthrough in third start of form cycle. Keep Bustin was a strong second at this level in last; dangerous. Run a Dubb Dubb makes first start since claimed by David Jacobson; more than good enough on “A” game.
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SECOND: Tale of Fancy was a handy maiden winner in last at Gulfstream; pairs up. Yowl bested a next-out winner when exiting maiden ranks at Tampa on Feb. 26; very playable. Don’t Point owns solid dirt figures and can prove tough if able to transfer form to turf.
THIRD: Touching My Toes overcame soft pace to win last on inner oval and owns three wins and two seconds in six starts on Big A’s main track. Enduring Touch gets class relief after tallying swift internal numbers versus tougher last out; dangerous. My Won Love is training sharply for first start in 334 days; more than good enough if primed for best. Majestic Jessica drops and owns swift numbers on “A” game; contentious field.
FOURTH: Moss Code is fresh and firing bullets and could be sitting on career best; call based on price potential. Market Strength tallied fast figures when a strong second in last; logical player. Ninety One Assault earned swift numbers in all three turf starts; right in the thick of this.
FIFTH: Taoiseach was a tough-trip fifth when favored in last and is 1-for-1 on Big A’s main track. Bluegrass Prevails notched top pace and final figures when a front-running winner in last; bounces today? Gehrig was a breakthrough-figured third last time out; dangerous.
SIXTH: Sakara has logged steadily improving numbers in all three starts and compiled six works since last start. Nexrad is rested and training with a purpose for strong layoff barn (Bill Mott); very interesting. Idiosyncratic has been idle for 519 days, but hails from Chad Brown barn and is 1-for-1 on Big A turf; right in the thick of this.
SEVENTH: Sweetneida was victimized by soft flow and wide trip when third in last start; set for best in third start since three-month absence. Just Sisters is speedy, rested and hails from Danny Gargan barn; must respect. Reckless Humor was a clear-cut winner in last and now makes first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez; obvious player.
EIGHTH: Moon Over a Beauty fired two bullet drills since notching swift internal figures in Jimmy Winkfield Stakes last time; controlling speed today. Chubby Master logged rapid final fraction when a much-the-best winner in last; very dangerous. Voluntario also was a dominant victor in last and is an uncoupled Rodriguez barn mate of Chubby Master; happy handicapping.
NINTH: Cuckoo’s Saloon owns sprinter’s speed and could play out as the dominant frontrunner in turf debut. Call the Lord also is fleet-footed and must be respected if able to escape the AE list. Par tallied rapid late pace figure in lone grass start; big-time player. Summer True is firing bullets for debut for Christophe Clement; follow the money. Sax Change logged solid turf numbers last year; must be factored into the mix if able to draw into body of race.