Best bet: TWO HOT BETTY (6)
Best value: KATHY'S CAUSE (8)
FIRST: New Year's Wish fired a 5-furlong bullet since top-figured win last month; more to give. She'sakittykat is riding a two-race winning streak and owns tractable running style; dangerous. My Girl Annie is speedy and could steal this on a soft lead.
SECOND: Golconda runs late and stretchout to 1 1/8 miles should play to strength. Killala Bay owns sprinter's speed and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Run for Boston is 0-for-16 but was a clear-cut second in last; right in the thick of this.
THIRD: Support Our Cause was dueled into defeat last time; easier trip in this pace dynamic. Shiloh Lane looms the prime beneficiary if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Call the Cat wheels back in a hurry (10 days) after being roughed up at the start last time; price will be tempting.
FOURTH: Getyourmindright is speedy and firing bullets for first start since last March; controlling front-runner. Master Distiller finished second in both starts; continues trend? Into a Hot Spot displayed improved early foot in first start since five-month layoff last time; dangerous.
FIFTH: Science Fiction was unfazed by fast opening quarter when breaking maiden by an expanding 11 lengths last out; pairs up. Party in the Sand packs potent late kick and will be in the garden spot if pace meltdown ensues. Free Kitty compiled tight work tab for first start in two months; worth long look.
SIXTH: Two Hot Betty tallied rapid late-pace figure when a hard-charging winner in last; keeps on giving. Courageous Queen is quick from the gate and could prove very tough with swift getaway from the rail. Wilburnmoney exits even fourth in first start since four-month layoff; tightened and dangerous.
SEVENTH: Haul Anchor gets confident price boost after impressive 10-length win in last; more in the tank. Calculated Risker drops and makes third start of form cycle; could easily take this if all is well. Peter's Project was freshened after winning three in a row at Finger Lakes this past fall; right in the thick of this.
EIGHTH: Kathy's Cause makes third start of form cycle after tallying improved pace figure in last; breakthrough predicted. Pendolino was a late-running second in last and could be aided by additional furlong. Take It All Back was compromised by wide trip when a useful fifth in debut; don't ignore. Ok Honey regressed in last after game placing in prior; rebound threat.