Best Bet: VERY VERY STELLA (7)
Best Value: SICILIA MIKE (5)
FIRST: Forever Rising owns solid late-pace figures and should move forward in second start since seven-week layoff. My Girl Annie owns fast numbers but has failed at short odds in all six starts; underlay again. Purrageous Dyna bested a next-out winner when second to a 10-length victor in last; worth long look.
SECOND: The Great Samurai gets confident price boost after winning by nearly eight lengths last time; more to give. Lost Iron won his last start by an expanding nine lengths and hails from white-hot Linda Rice stable; very dangerous. Peculiar Sensation wheels back in a hurry after fast-figured placing last Friday; very interesting.
THIRD: Tilt tallied swift final fraction after being done in by rough start in well-bet debut; makes amends. Throw the Fade faded late after setting the splits in same race as top selection; must consider. Home Run Maker was second in common Jan. 15 dash and consistently logs fast numbers; dangerous.
FOURTH: All Star Red is rested and packs potent kick on “A” effort; call based on price potential. Skyler’s Scramjet has trained sharply since top-figured win at 10-1 on Dec. 22; regresses at short ticket today? Angry Moon is fleet-footed and can prove very tough on an unchallenged lead.
FIFTH: Sicilia Mike was second to a 9-length winner in last start and exits top-figured placing in previous race; gets there today. Buddy Anthony was a wire-to-wire victor in last and looms the dominant speed once again; be no surprise. Professor Snape also is quick from the gate and must be factored into the mix.
SIXTH: Conquest Prankster is training with a purpose and projects as the controlling front-runner with top-notch speed rider at the helm. Rossie Val made sustained run to win last and could be the prime beneficiary if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Calculated Risker logged solid half-mile work since useful fifth in last; forward move expected.
SEVENTH: Very Very Stella was pace and position compromised when a better-than-it-looks third last time; sitting on best in third start of new form cycle. Major League was a big-time winner in last and makes first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez; easily could pair up victories. Will Did It was victimized by stumbling start in most recent; right in the thick of this.
EIGHTH: A Different Style projects to get the early jump in competitive Jimmy Winkfield Stakes; sharp, recent works seal the deal. Global Citizen lived up to strong tote support when a winner in debut at Laurel; very playable. Devine Entry fired half-mile bullet since game placing in last; be no surprise.
NINTH: Dean’s Ticket notched improved internal numbers in last and should have more to give in second start since 12-week layoff. Slam Chowder drops two price levels after sub-par effort in last; easily can take this if all is well. Lil Renegade can impact at fat ticket if pace meltdown ensues. Exchanging Secrets makes first start since claimed by Gary Gullo; must be factored into the mix.