Best Bet: SHOVALLA (7)
Best Value: MISS AJA BROWN (9)
FIRST: Crafty Colonel tallied solid final fraction when breaking maiden on GP sod last time. Arctic King owns speed and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Union River holds sharp current form on dirt; demand value with surface switch.
SECOND: The Big Deluxe gets class relief after tallying career-best pace figure in last. Pegasus Red regressed in last after determined win in prior; rebound threat. Geaux Mets logs swift figures with machine-like consistency.
THIRD: Slim Shadey returns from SoCal for David Jacobson and owns fast late pace figures on best efforts. Integrity owns sprinter’s speed and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Inordinate makes U.S. debut for Chad Brown; must consider.
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FOURTH: Gorelli was a game second in last and owns faster back numbers. Wine Not logged three tight works for first start in 45 days. Sharpie’s Dream took backward step in last after front-end third at 110-1 in debut; rebound threat.
FIFTH: Bag of Tricks notched rapid late pace figure when a clear-cut maiden winner in last; pairs up. Saluda is speedy and adds blinkers; serious front-end threat. Fashion Street was an even fourth after wide trip in last; dangerous.
SIXTH: Broken Border is rested and owns fast final fractions on best efforts. Stevie the Cat moves to grass for potent first-time turf barn. Sweet Advance was a fast-figured second in lone start on Big A sod.
SEVENTH: Shovalla logged swift final fraction when a hand-ridden winner in last; more to come. Hot Dudette is fleet-footed and will prove very tough on an uncontested lead. Town Tart compiled six tight works for first start in 62 days; right in the thick of this.
EIGHTH: Bar of Gold made middle move into hot pace and came up flat in the lane last time; tighter in second start since five-month absence. Paulassilverlining logged fast final figures in both starts this year; very dangerous. Cavorting packs potent late kick and could be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues.
NINTH: Miss Aja Brown drops move to turf and should be sitting on forward move in second start since October. Dean’s Ticket owns speed and could prove very tough on tight-turned turf course. Liberty Kitten was a hard-charging second in last at GP; dangerous. Smile Big makes grass debut for Brown; must be considered.