Best Bet: WILLET (3)
Best Value: BEYOND THE GREEN (8)
FIRST: Monty Haul needed last and takes helpful class drop; call in contentious opener. Gambler’s Ghost is speedy and rested; very dangerous. Celebrated Talent also is fleet-footed and fresh; right in the thick of this.
SECOND: Dean Verdile is riding a two-race winning streak and projects as the speed of the speed. Mr Harlan packs potent late kick on ‘A’ game; price will be tempting. Papa Shot tallied swift number when breaking maiden last spring; must consider.
THIRD: Willet tallied swift final fraction when a hard-charging second last time and fired 5-furlong bullet in the interim. Clothes Fall Off logged solid numbers in both inner-track starts; dangerous. Momameamaria is a front-end threat on best efforts.
FOURTH: Gorelli was compromised by wide trip in last and has benefit of rail today. Scorecard Harry bested top selection by more than a length when a game second in last; could easily take this. Squeeze Thetrigger is training sharply for potent second-out stable; dangerous.
FIFTH: Surfspun gets class relief and owns fast back figures. Ima Wildcat could prove very tough on a soft lead. Who Is the Giant could be the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues.
SIXTH: You Lucky Dog was second by a pole at 63-1 last time and should offer generous ticket once again. Show Giant is speedy but has lost ground in the stretch in all four starts; proceed with caution at short price. Marakovits also is fleet-footed and drops to lifetime low; big-time player.
SEVENTH: American Progress drops to the basement after losing ground in lane in last three starts; now or never. Aleander could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat dangerous. Real Estate Rich packs a potent wallop on ‘A’ efforts; don’t ignore. Everydoghashisday owns speed and must be considered.
EIGHTH: Beyond the Green notched solid late pace figure when a clear-cut winner in last; pairs up. Longfor the City could deliver a bounce-back effort today after failing to fire after hitting gate last time; very dangerous. Readthebyline can prove to be a tough customer on an unchallenged lead. Uncle Sigh is right in the thick of this on best game.
NINTH: Shootout was a much-improved third after tough trip in last; call in weak nightcap. Up With the Sun was an even fourth in last and should move forward in second start since two-month absence. You Got It makes third outing of form cycle and drops to lifetime low; more than good enough on best efforts. Big East has finished third in last three starts; must consider if able to escape AE list.