Best Bet: NON FINISCE MAI (6); Best Value: TAPA LIATH (8)
FIRST: Collective Effort was a change-of-pace third in Finger Lakes stakes last out; return to maiden ranks is key. Sea Foam was a solid second in debut; regresses today? Dark Ops was less than two lengths behind Sea Foam when favored on Aug. 17; right in the thick of this.
SECOND: Indygita is riding a forward line on late-pace and final figures; more to come. Zeven bested top selection by more than three lengths when a front-end winner on Aug. 24; very dangerous. Free N Clear makes quick return and drops after making premature move in last; very interesting.
THIRD: Makealittlelove was a front-running winner in last and projects as the main speed once again. Madam Aamoura has finished second at short odds in last three starts; continues trend? Summer of Joy made a forward move on the numbers last time; dangerous.
FOURTH: Filius Scat returns from two-month layoff and fired 5-furlong bullet on Aug. 19; set for breakthrough. Set Me Up was a late-running third in first start since eight-month absence last time; big-time player. Mr. Massena was an even fourth in last and owns fast back figures; right in the thick of this.
FIFTH: Hollywood Royal gets Lasix after displaying speed and weakening late in debut; wire to wire today. Abbreviate packs potent kick and is training sharply for Chad Brown; very dangerous. Sweet Avery should pack intensified wallop with cutback to 7 furlongs; worth long look.
SIXTH: Non Finisce Mai tallied swift final fraction when a clear-cut winner in last; pairs up. Palladian Bridge owns fast back figures and compiled eye-catching work slate for first start since July 15; very playable. Holy Gold is fleet-footed and could prove very tough on a soft lead; very interesting.
SEVENTH: Sokie owns speed and is training sharply for first start since May; call based on price potential. Miss Katie Mae gets class relief and owns fast late-pace figures on best efforts; very dangerous. Louisville First has two wins on Belmont turf and makes third start of form cycle; right in the thick of this.
EIGHTH: Tapa Liath is training sharply for first start in five months and has shown a history of delivering strong efforts off the bench. Tiz a Kitten makes third start of form cycle and packs solid late kick on “A” game; worth long look. Island Reward consistently logs fast figures and hails from Jason Servis stable; logical, short-priced player.
NINTH: Realm logged three tight works since even sixth in last; forward move predicted. You’re to Blame is training swiftly for first start since 49-day freshener for Chad Brown; big-time threat. Royal Posse also is working with a purpose and owns fast final figures on best efforts; must consider.
TENTH: Dooley was a useful seventh in first start since two-month absence last out; career-best predicted. Silky Way makes third outing since eight-month layoff; very playable. Kierland regressed in last after strong placing in previous start; rebound threat. Risky Sour was a strong second in last but has failed to find winner’s circle in 33 starts; mixed message. Victory’s Cash flashed improved speed in last; worth long look at long price.