Best Bet: LEAD ALONG (5)
Best Value: QUARALIA (7)
FIRST: Go Ask Alice compiled tight training tab at Fair Hill; follow the money in season’s first baby race. Lady Stardust ships in for Wesley Ward; could be the goods. Big Hay Alice fired 3-furlong bullet last week; happy hunting.
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SECOND: John Eddie drops after speed and fade in last; weakness of field is selection’s strength. Starago will be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Shipsandgoods adds blinkers, gets Lasix and fired two bullet works since last start; improvement predicted.
THIRD: Torcida makes third start of form cycle and projects as the controlling speed in turf marathon. Trophee packs potent late kick on best efforts. Queen’s Parade is another that owns fast final fractions; right in the thick of this.
FOURTH: Aix En Provence tallied solid late pace figure when winning last; more to come. Miss Amalita is speedy and riding a two-race winning streak; very dangerous. Time for Angie has won five of last six starts; obvious threat.
FIFTH: Lead Along was pace and trip compromised in last on Gulfstream sod; half-mile bullet last week seals the deal. Conquest Lucknlove is fleet-footed and starts from the rail; dangerous. Gioia Stella has finished second in both starts; be no surprise.
SIXTH: Buckwellspent adds blinkers, takes potent class drop and worked three times after trailing throughout in debut; forward move expected. Field Sense has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? Blarney Stones also grabbed place honors in last two outings; right in the thick of this.
SEVENTH: Quaralia notched swift final fraction when breaking maiden on Gulfstream grass last time; pairs up. Dreams to Reality gets class relief and owns fast dirt figures; serious player if able to transfer form to turf. Little Bear Cat was a last-race winner on dirt and could get overlooked in the wagering; don’t ignore.
EIGHTH: Picture Day was a visually impressive winner in last and should be ideally positioned in small but contentious field. Sweetrayofsunshine logged rapid internal and final figures when winning last time; big-time danger. More Than Rainbows is speedy and gets favorable cutback to sprint; don’t dismiss.
NINTH: Chilly Bay is rested and logged both career wins off the bench; call in wide-open nightcap. Sound of Freedom was a clear-cut winner on dirt last out and is favorably posted on the fence; very dangerous. Silent Critic ships in from Delaware and drops; very interesting. Mambo At the Gym was a strong second in lone start on Big A sod; worth long look. Northern Tripp runs late and would be aided by pace meltdown.