Best bet: MANITOULIN (8)
Best value: FEROCIOUS TIGER (2)
FIRST: Jegos Fire projects as the controlling speed in turf debut. The Great Samurai ran late in dirt debut and could be aided by move to grass. Concatulations also could benefit from surface switch.
SECOND: Ferocious Tiger needed last, drops and logged only win on Belmont grass. Gunlock has finished second in four of last five starts; continues trend? Country Money logged three sharp works for first start since claimed by Mike Pino; very playable.
THIRD: Bustin It fired half-mile bullet for first start in nearly two years; must take the good with the bad. Mind Your Biscuits holds sharp current condition; dangerous. Gaming makes first start since gelded and can prove a front-end threat on best.
FOURTH: Touchofstarquality has trained strongly since fast- pace and final-figured win; pairs up. Elnaawi could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Dontbet withbruno was just two lengths behind top selection when second on May 21; must consider.
FIFTH: Shovalla logged three tight works since claimed by David Jacobson; call in contentious dash. Scarlet Goddess was a fast-figured maiden winner May 6 but shows just two slow drills in the interim; mixed message. Ragazza Piu’ Bella was a very game second in last; right in the thick of this.
SIXTH: Heaven’s Runway gets favorable cutback to 6 furlongs and should move forward in second start since two-month absence. Night Officer packs potent late kick on “A” game; dangerous. Spring to the Sky was an ultra-solid second in Penn National stake last time; big-time player.
SEVENTH: Black Doblin is firing bullets for first start in seven months; controlling speed with blinkers on. Encrypt logged fast figs in all three starts; very dangerous. Schott is training with a purpose for debut; could be the goods.
EIGHTH: Manitoulin was a hard-charging maiden winner in last; more to come. Tobias gets class relief and turns back to a more manageable distance; very interesting. Birchwood Road tallied improved late-pace figure when third last time; worth long look.
NINTH: Dig Deep makes turf debut for Alan Goldberg (25 percent); half-mile bullet on Colts Neck grass on June 25 seals the deal. Life Imitates Art is 1-for-1 on Belmont sod and training sharply for Chad Brown; very dangerous. Giant Run notched improved final fraction in last; don’t ignore.
10TH: Dream On was compromised by wide trip in last; crisp half-mile work on June 26 is the clincher. Alyssa and a Lisa was a much-improved second in last start; dangerous. Wantagh Queen also was second in last and could easily take this with repeat performance. Tough Temper owns speed, starts from the hedge and should be aided by today’s shorter trip; worth a look.