Best Bet: BONITA BIANCA (6); Best Value: HOOKUP (8)
FIRST: Baby Bear’s Soup was a fast-figured winner in last at Parx; one more before the bounce. Sir Alfred could play out as the main speed with aggressive ride. Tashreeh was a tough-trip second in last at Parx; dangerous.
SECOND: Pocket Player was pace and position compromised in last; forward move predicted. Heavy Meddle is speedy and could prove very tough on a soft lead. Appealing Briefs will benefit from return to grass; price will be tempting.
THIRD: Lewis Bay handles the distance and is 2-for-2 at the Big A. Unbridled Mo has won four in a row; very dangerous. Big Mara was an easy winner in last; worth long look at long price.
FOURTH: Empressof the Nile was done in by poor start in debut; throw deep in wide-open maiden field. Foreign Affair moves to main track for potent turf-to-dirt barn (23 percent); very interesting. Moonlit Garden has finished third in both starts; continues trend?
FIFTH: Husband’s Folly tallied improved late-pace figure when making seven-wide move in last; call based on price. Frogman Mel was a game second over the course on Nov. 12; logical. Springers Point’s speed gives him a puncher’s chance at fat odds.
SIXTH: Bonita Bianca notched fast final fraction when winning second straight last time; 5-furlong bullet on Nov. 18 seals the deal. Ladies Day was a 6-length maiden winner last out and added ground could play to strength. Miss Sky Warrior was a determined winner of Tempted on Big A loam last out; right in the thick of this.
SEVENTH: Mark My Style gets class relief and packs potent kick on best efforts. No Texting was a fast-figured, front-running winner in last; very playable. Orino needed last and gets rider upgrade; very interesting. Irish Prayer was victimized by wide trip in last; don’t ignore.
EIGHTH: Hookup displayed solid passing gear when drawing off to impressive win in debut; more to come. Takaful has trained swiftly since decisive, fast-figured score in debut; very dangerous. Tale of Silence made menacing move and hung in last at Keeneland; tighter today.
NINTH: Snag compiled three tight works since clear-cut win at 12 furlongs last time; ability to handle marathon trip is the key. Manitoulin is fresh, starts from the hedge and packs strong wallop on “A” effort; dangerous. Richmond Street has trained with a purpose since winning marathon on Belmont turf in September; must consider.
TENTH: Realm exits convincing win over the surface and fired crisp half-mile drill on Wednesday; price play in deep Cigar Mile. Anchor Down was a top-figured winner in Kelso Handicap at Belmont last month; very dangerous. Connect also owns swift numbers and is 4-for-6 lifetime; be no surprise. War Story could impact if fractions get fast and furious. Mylute is another that packs solid stretch kick on best game; price will be tempting.