Best Bet: T R CREW (6); Best Value: ORINO (5)
FIRST: Mar Vista Miguel displayed early pop and stopped in debut; duly tightened with race under belt. Flux Capacitor made late rally in debut; price will be tempting. Chatter Pattern is a new gelding that hails from Rudy Rodriguez barn; very playable.
SECOND: David Jacobson entry: Baby Bear’s Soup was a 13-length winner at Parx last time and mate Data Driven also won last; potent pairing. Nominal Dollars consistently logs fast figures; dangerous. Money Changer was an even fourth in first start since seven-week layoff; must consider.
THIRD: C D’Cat is 1-for-1 on Big A sod and has benefit of rail on tight-turned course. Another Genius is 2-for-2 lifetime and owns sprinter’s speed; very dangerous. Summersault could be the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues.
FOURTH: Bustin It projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Holding Aces is fresh and hails from Jason Servis stable; dangerous. Daggerpoint makes first start since claimed by Bruce Levine; must respect.
FIFTH: Orino has fired bullets since change-of-pace victory in last start; price play in contentious field. Performance Bonus also has trained sharply since winning last; big-time player. Unbridled Ocean could prove very tough if primed for best in first start in more than a year.
SIXTH: T R Crew tallied swift late-pace figure on dirt two starts back and notched two, swift 5-furlong works in the interim. I’m Amazing has logged fast figures in last three outings; very dangerous. British Bulldog makes local debut and is competitive on best efforts.
SEVENTH: Biz The Nurse handles marathon distances and tallied only stateside score after a layoff; throw deep in wide-open Red Smith Handicap. Wake Forest is a Grade I stakes winner and packs potent late wallop; easily could take this. Messi fired 5-furlong bullet since regressing in last start; right in the thick of this with rebound effort.
EIGHTH: Governor Malibu was compromised by slow pace on sloppy surface last out; half-mile bullet on Wednesday seals the deal. Gift Box has trained sharply since failing to impact in Travers; more than good enough on “A” game. Hot Seat has won both starts by a combined 20 lengths; don’t ignore.
NINTH: Shkspeare Shaliyah packs powerful kick on best races and wheels back in a hurry after wide trip last week; forward move predicted. Indebted has finished second in last three starts; continues trend? McIlory was a hard-charging winner at this level last time; very dangerous. Blue Pigeon is speedy and will offer juicy odds; nice combination.