Best Bet: TREE SHAKER (2)
Best Value: GONNA FIND HER (9)
FIRST: Barrier to Entry is riding a forward line on pace and final figures; call based on price potential. She’s All Even could prove very tough on a soft lead. L X Sunrise makes peak start of form cycle.
SECOND: Tree Shaker wheels back in a hurry after tallying swift final fraction when winning last; more to give. Possetano Prince set solid pace when a front-end winner in last; dangerous. No Entiendo owns speed and fast figs; right in the thick of this.
THIRD: Rachel’s Temper regressed in last after fast-figured placing in prior; rebounds. Awesome News is fleet-footed and owns swift numbers; very dangerous. Shotgun Love also is speedy and owns rapid figures; must be factored into the mix.
FOURTH: Firestar tallied improved internal and final numbers in last; more to come. Good Laugh was a clear-cut second in debut; dangerous. Woodford Tea debuts for Todd Pletcher; follow the money.
FIFTH: Willet was pace and trip compromised last time; crisp 5-furlong work on Feb. 2 seals the deal. Court Dancer is speedy and starts from the fence; logical, short-priced player. Myfourchix has drilled three times since last start; don’t ignore.
SIXTH: Comandante drops after speed and cuts back to sprint and fade in last; rates close call. The Big Deluxe is more than good enough on best efforts. Saturday Appeal could be the prime beneficiary if pace meltdown ensues.
SEVENTH: Lassofthemohicans needed last and owns fast back figures; improvement predicted. Storm Star is firing bullets for first start since winning debut 461 days ago; worth long look if price is generous. Theresas Candyrose starts from tough post but consistently delivers strong efforts; mixed message.
EIGHTH: Good Luck Gus compiled eye-catching work tab since tough-trip third in last; call based on price. Royal Posse owns fast late pace and final figures; very playable. Saratoga Snacks loves the inner track and has the benefit of the rail; very dangerous. Eye Luv Lulu exits sprints and could play out as the main speed.
NINTH: Gonna Find Her logged three tight works since tough-trip fourth in debut; call in nightcap that’s loaded with newcomers. Nick’s Funnybone was done in by sizzling splits in debut; dangerous. Riot Worthy owns three wins from six starts; must use in exotics. Shimmering Moon makes first start for Mike Hushion; stay tuned to the tote.