Best Bet: SPANISH HARLEM (8)
Best Value: RICH ‘N’ TUCK (5)
FIRST: Global Positioning is circling back on the numbers to fast-figured third on New Year’s Eve; call based on price. Onecats Chance holds sharp current condition and owns three wins on inner track; dangerous. Glowing Ember is speedy and can prove tough on an unchallenged lead.
SECOND: Zealous Scholar set fast, pressured pace when third in debut; tighter today. Expect Wonderful logged swift final number when third in first start at Laurel; big-time threat. Grassmiss runs late and could be in the garden spot if front-end meltdown ensues.
THIRD: Riff Raff tallied improved pace figure last time and could be sitting on breakthrough effort at generous ticket. Cause I’m Alex packs potent late kick but needs help up front to get there; demand fair price. Papa Shot logged six wins and two seconds in last eight starts; logical, short-priced player.
FOURTH: Martino exits sprints, adds blinkers and projects as the main speed on the rail with aggressive ride. Benny Big Boy was pace and position compromised when an even third in last; very playable. Save the Tigers is riding a forward line on the numbers. Flux Capacitor logged solid efforts in last two starts but must overcome tough post; mixed message.
FIFTH: Rich ‘n’ Tuck unleashed a last-to-first rally to win last; razor-sharp gelding paired up wins this past summer. Alright Alright wheels back in a hurry after top-figured win on Sunday; bounces today? Rectify is fleet-footed and could prove very tough on a soft lead.
SIXTH: Majestic Lassie owns speed and fired 3-furlong bullet for first start since July; wire to wire with proper ride. J R Star owns swift numbers but is 0-for-10; must take the good with the bad. Muselet could be sitting in the garden spot if fractions get fast and furious; don’t ignore.
SEVENTH: Our Karma has trained sharply since being victimized by sluggish break in last; throw deep in wide-open field. I’m In was a hard-charging second at 15-1 last time; very playable. Summer Bourbon drops, needed last and owns solid back numbers; very interesting.
EIGHTH: Spanish Harlem notched swift late-pace figure when breaking maiden in first start on winterized oval; more to come. Heavenly Score was a front-running winner in sprint last time and could play out as the dominant speed once again. Yorkiepoo Princess accelerated to impressive 7 1/2-length win when 80 cents on the dollar in Ruthless Stakes; be no surprise.
NINTH: Desert Affair makes first start with maiden-claiming tag and gets favorable cutback to 6 furlongs; amplified kick predicted. Anna Theresa logged crisp 3-furlong work since useful sixth in debut; improvement expected. Gins Diamond debuts for profitable first-out stable; follow the money. New York Bourbon displayed good turn of early foot when fourth in debut; dangerous. Miss Emily’s Smile failed when favored last time but must be factored into the mix if able to escape AE list.