Best Bet: MY SWEET GIRL (7)
Best Value: NUTZFORBOLTZ (9)
FIRST: Posse Needed is training strongly for first start since August; outside slot seals the deal. Stylish Quality is speedy but has failed as the favorite in all three starts; you make the call. Knarsdale concluded work tab with 5-furlong bullet; follow the money.
SECOND: Yummy Bear exits sprints and could play out as the controlling speed with return to turf. Awesome Anthony could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat; worth long look. Undercover Agent is improving and moves to grass for Mike Hushion; very dangerous.
THIRD: Il Fratello logged four solid workouts for first start since February; call based on price potential. Buckwellspent is fleet-footed and gets favorable cutback in distance; dangerous. Saratoga Sight looms the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues.
FOURTH: Don’t Make It Easy took backward step in last start after fast-figured win in previous race; rebounds. Port More is 1-for-1 on the Big A’s main track; main danger. Samurai Warrior also won only start on Aqueduct’s outer oval; very playable.
FIFTH: Promise the Sky logged swift late-pace figure when second to a runaway winner in last and is bred to handle switch to sod. Captain Kitt delivered his best effort on Big A grass in spring of ‘15; worth long look at long price. Exclusive Zip owns sprinter’s speed and looms the controlling front-runner in grass debut; big-time player.
SIXTH: Can’tmakethisup is rested and packs solid late kick on best effort. Sir Maurice was compromised by sloppy surface last time; worth long look on dry land. Augie’s Coming is fleet-footed and 1-for-1 at Aqueduct but has been sidelined for nearly a year; mixed message.
SEVENTH: My Sweet Girl is training with a purpose for first start in nine weeks; primed for “A” game. My Impression owns two wins from three starts on Big A turf; very dangerous. Bar of Gold is firing bullets for first start since December; ability to handle grass is the question.
EIGHTH: Tweet Street is fresh, adds blinkers and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; call in race that’s loaded with newcomers. Tough Old Bird was an even fourth in first start since two-month layoff last time; improvement predicted. Jazzy Juder adds blinkers after tough-trip fifth in well-bet debut; forward move expected.
NINTH: Nutzforboltz notched swift late-pace figure when breaking maiden in last and should transfer razor-sharp form to grass. Mascarello returns to turf after useful fifth in dirt sprint on April 5; very playable. War Bond is working consistently and owns fast numbers on best efforts; dangerous. Isofass could impact at fat odds if fractions get fast and furious.