Best Bet: MYFOURCHIX (10)
Best Value: FAMILYOFROSES (7)
FIRST: Smart Alex was a determined maiden winner in last and owns faster back numbers. B Three is speedy and drops; very dangerous. Boomerang Becky was victorious in first start for Rudy Rodriguez; must consider.
SECOND: Tizquick needed last and packs potent late kick on “A” game; call in wide-open field. Lucas Long Step was a handy winner in last at Finger Lakes; price will be tempting. Erik the Red drops and owns swift back numbers.
THIRD: Dark as Midnight logged career-best number on inner track and fired half-mile bullet on Dec. 4; primed and ready. Admiral Blue could be the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues. Imasuperstar owns three seconds from four starts; lacks will to win?
FOURTH: Catcher in the Sky was a front-running winner in debut and projects as the main speed once again. Filibustin has logged clear-cut wins in all three starts; obvious danger. Toni Tools is riding a two-race winning streak; worth a look.
FIFTH: To the Victor makes quick return after last-to-first victory on Wednesday; bet’em while they’re hot. Match Up logged front-running wins in last two starts; very dangerous. Adventist broke maiden on inner track last winter and is training with a purpose for first start since August; must respect. Cheech Thunder would be aided by pace meltdown.
SIXTH: Blame the Thief logged clear-cut placing after poor start in last; more to give. Stretch’s Stone was a two-move third in debut; dangerous. Mandelbaum fired eye-catching 5-furlong bullet on Dec. 8; follow the money.
SEVENTH: Familyofroses owns fast late-pace figures and should offer playable price in big field. Perfect Freud is speedy and owns four wins on the winterized oval; big-time threat. Big Mara gets class relief and could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat.
EIGHTH: Loki’s Vengeance got his game back when a decisive winner last out; more to come. Stallwalkin’ Dude delivers strong efforts with machine-like consistency; very dangerous. Green Gratto’s speed gives him a puncher’s chance.
NINTH: Shades of Night owns solid late kick and makes first two-turn dirt start. He’s Cheeky is fresh and returns to dirt for Rodriguez; very interesting. Small Bear was a fast-figured third in last and must be factored into the mix if able to escape AE list. Fastlanefrontman compiled tight work tab for first start since October; dangerous.
TENTH: Myfourchix owns fast final fractions on best efforts and is training with a purpose for first start since May. Frosty Margarita tallied swift internal and final numbers when second at 8-1 last time; regresses today? Tahoe Tigress was a determined winner in last; price will be tempting.
ELEVENTH: Banty’s Girl compiled tight work tab for first start since 52-day freshener; breakthrough predicted. Special Risk bounced in last after fast-figured placing in previous start; rebound threat. Majestic Mist is speedy and rested; dangerous. Cosi Bella is training sharply for dirt debut for Chad Brown; must consider. I’m Betty G failed to deliver on heavy tote support in debut; improvement expected.