Best Bet: HALLOWEEN HORROR (9); Best Value: TAPTAPTAP (2)
FIRST: Vincento makes third start of form cycle after tough-trip fifth in last; better price of the two Rudy Rodriguez runners. Haul Anchor, also from Rodriguez barn, tallied rapid late-pace and final figures when demolishing cheaper field by 10 lengths last time; very dangerous in current condition. Singapore Trader regressed in last after fast-figured win two back; rebound threat.
SECOND: Taptaptap logged 5-furlong drill since notching improved internal numbers on New Year's Eve; breakthrough predicted. Wisecrack wheels back on 13 days' rest after even fourth in last; developing and dangerous. Talespin drops for streaking Michelle Nevin stable; don't ignore.
THIRD: Maiden Beauty notched three tight works for first start since November; primed and ready. Shelley Ann owns speed and fast numbers; very dangerous. Lem Me Have It was compromised by wide trip in last; very interesting.
FOURTH: Malibu Mischief tallied two crisp half-mile works since game placing in last; more to give. Regal Retort exits hand-ridden, seven-length maiden score last out; be no surprise. Movie Score adds blinkers after finishing just nose behind top selection last out; must be factored into the mix.
FIFTH: Dr. Lloyd is one of just two runners in 13-horse field that have started; call based on experience. Amundson has been training swiftly at Pimlico for potent first-out stable; follow the money. Seven Is Heaven shows 5-furlong bullet on training tab; could be the goods.
SIXTH: Fuel the Bern tallied career-best late-pace and final figures when winning second in a row last month; crisp half-mile work on Jan. 17 seals the deal. Wegotoldyougotsold owns speed and fast numbers but will offer short price; must take the good with the bad. I'm an Ocala Dude has trained sharply since dominant score on Dec. 9; right in the thick of this.
SEVENTH: Metaphorical overcame slow pace when breaking maiden by more than eight lengths on Nov. 22; tight work tab is the clincher. Raging Fire set swift splits when a pole clear for second last out; big-time, front-end threat. D'ambrosio drops, makes quick return (eight days) and owns fast numbers on best efforts; must be factored into the mix.
EIGHTH: Mr. Buff is riding a three-race winning streak and projects as the main speed in contentious field. Sunny Ridge is fresh and packs potent kick on "A" efforts. Title Ready has worked three times since determined win in last; don't dismiss.
NINTH: Halloween Horror logged new pace top in last and gets favorable cutback in distance; set for best. No Distortion fired half-mile bullet and gets confident price hike after clear-cut win last month; very dangerous. Scarf It Down was prepped in sprint last week; very interesting.
TENTH: Wanna Be Regal makes peak start of form cycle after much-improved placing in last; added ground plays to strength. Promise Me Roses was aided by slow fractions when a clear-cut second last time; vulnerable favorite? Highleelikelee was just neck behind top selection on Jan. 11; lightly raced and dangerous. Here Comes Helen gets Lasix after even sixth in well-bet debut; don't overlook.