Best Bet: PROFITEER (8); Best Value: STRONG SIDE (7)
FIRST: Southern Brigade regressed in last after fast-figured placing in previous start; rebounds. Scotty Brown is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead. Quiet Out East has worked three times since making forward move in last start; dangerous.
SECOND: Felix in Fabula drops and makes quick return; call based on price potential. Southeast was a hard-charging second in last; worth long look. Merger of Banks is a front-running threat on best efforts.
THIRD: Family Biz gets Lasix and packs potent late kick; set for breakthrough. Till Then was a front-end second in debut; logical, short-priced player. Classic Romeo is training with a purpose for debut for Todd Pletcher; easily could be a runner.
FOURTH: Pocket Player logged only win on Big A turf and should offer generous ticket in wide-open field. Sport compiled tight work tab for first start since August; very interesting. Overnight Success drops into claiming ranks and owns fast numbers on best efforts. Lil Commissioner consistently logs swift figures; right in the thick of this.
FIFTH: Tacticus compiled three tight works since even fourth in debut; improvement predicted. Motagally is working sharply for second start for Chad Brown; could easily romp. Bridgetothefuture displayed improved speed in last; don't ignore.
SIXTH: Absentee, from a dam that has thrown two grass winners, moves to sod for Alan Goldberg; set for best. Wallace is speedy, rested and training with a purpose; very interesting. Neverland Rock has worked sharply since non-threatening eighth in U.S. debut; improvement expected.
SEVENTH: Strong Side should find already ample kick intensified with cutback to 6 furlongs. Four Freedoms was a fast-figured, front-running winner at Parx last time; very dangerous. American Power is fresh and owns swift numbers on "A" efforts.
EIGHTH: Profiteer notched swift late-pace figure when a determined winner in last; pairs up. Blacktype has won three of last four and could be ideally positioned in the stalker's seat. Bricks and Mortar makes first start in more than a year for Chad Brown; would be no surprise.
NINTH: The Chamo hails from white-hot Gary Contessa stable and pulls weight from the field with 10-pound bug aboard. Cookie Crisp has finished second at solid odds in last two starts; repeats pattern? Takeoff plunges in price in first start for new barn; fire sale? Pirate's Treasure drops and tallied only win on Big A loam; must be factored into the mix.