Best Bet: LILIKOI (3)
Best Value: CUCKOO’S SALOON (4)
FIRST: Geistreiter is speedy and looms the controlling front-runner in weak opener. Gregg’s Beauty also is fleet-footed and makes peak start of form cycle; dangerous. Youreadaisyifyado could impact if pace meltdown ensues.
SECOND: Pearls for Girls was an improved third in last and should have more to give in third start since three-month layoff. Star Dynasty owns speed and fast figs on ‘A’ game; dangerous. Harlans Belle drops to lifetime low; must respect.
THIRD: Lilikoi logged three tight works since game placing in last; more to give. Adrestia was a clear-cut second in well-bet debut; big-time player. Congarette owns speed and starts from the fence; must consider.
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FOURTH: Cuckoo’s Saloon displayed improved speed in last and could play out as the dominant front-runner with aggressive ride. D.S. Boyd puts blinkers back on after tough-trip fifth when favored in last; recoup losses? Shootout drops to lifetime low and could be sitting on forward move at generous price.
FIFTH: Touching My Toes runs late could receive ideal setup in field with sufficient speed. Distinctive Lady bested a next-out winner when a game second last month; dangerous. Liberty Fuze is fleet-footed and could easily take this on best effort.
SIXTH: Miss Swisher tallied solid final fraction when a tough-trip second in debut; more to give. Clair de Lune is training sharply for first start in seven weeks; very dangerous. Tizcara regressed in last after strong third in prior outing; rebound potential at fat ticket.
SEVENTH: Pax in Terra compiled eye-catching training tab for first start since May for Todd Pletcher; rates close call. Send It In, also from Pletcher barn, has won three of last four and is working with a purpose for first start in 43 days. Jack O Liam is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Sioux must be factored into the mix if able to escape AE list.
EIGHTH: Momameamaria is speedy, fresh and training sharply for first start in 56 days; call in contentious dash. Eloquent Tribute logged fast-figured score on New Year’s Day for Rudy Rodriguez; very playable. Making Havoc was an ultra-game second in last; must consider. Sun and Moon is a last-race winner that owns “foundation” on the final figures; don’t ignore.
NINTH: Time for Angie has won three in a row and projects as the main speed on the rail. Lotsa Noodles drops after tough-trip third in last; rates call based on price potential in wide-open night cap. Sharon Spagetti is a front-running threat on ‘A’ game. Panfila bested a next-out winner when a clear-cut second in last; don’t overlook.