Best Bet: EYE LUV LULU (8); Best Value: WIREDANCER (4)
FIRST: Mister Monolo has trained sharply since earning improved final fraction in last; rates close call. Bankers Holiday logged fast figs in all three starts; logical. Chase the Love owns competitive back numbers.
SECOND: Ground Control is 1-for-1 on inner surface and was a willing second in last; more to give. Storm Pursuit is speedy and will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Native Hero makes first start since claimed by streaking Gary Sciacca stable; very interesting.
THIRD: Behrnik’s Bank has demolished two fields at Pen; ready for prime-time. Frosty Margarita owns two wins and three seconds in five starts; must respect. Trulamo would be aided by hot fractions.
FOURTH: Wiredancer returns to maiden-claiming ranks and cuts back to 6 furlongs; amplified kick predicted. All Day Lawn is rested and could display newfound speed from the rail dangerous. Marakovits displayed noticeable improvement in second start; worth long look.
FIFTH: Indian Nobility packs potent late kick and fired 3-furlong bullet on Wednesday. Wynhurst will prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Leilani’s Ticket owns fast back figures and makes first start since gelded.
SIXTH: Nolo Contendre has trained with a purpose for first start since failing as the favorite in debut on July 9; primed and ready. Firestar was second at 90 cents on the dollar last time; logical, short-priced player. Feeling Bossy is one of seven newcomers in field; stay tuned to the tote.
SEVENTH: Lady Gracenote wheels back in a hurry and gets favorable cutback to sprint; call based on price. Starship Pleasant makes peak start of form cycle and tallied most recent dirt win on inner track last winter; worth long look. Colonel Juanita owns two wins and seven seconds in last 10 starts; must respect.
EIGHTH: Eye Luv Lulu logged six tight works since clear-cut score in last at Prx; confident price hike seals the deal. Captain Serious was overmatched in Fall Highweight last out; more than good enough on ‘A’ game. Joking could impact if pace meltdown ensues.
NINTH: Sugar Gold was pace and trip compromised in last; rates call if able to draw in. My Friend Keith makes first start since moving to Chris Englehart barn; must consider. Jai Alai drops in first start since claimed; more than good enough if not damaged goods. Sunrise Lover displayed improved speed in last; worth long look at long price.