Best Bet: KHALEESI KAT (4)
Best Value: BLAME THE THIEF (7)
FIRST: Miss Amalita was a winner at this level in last at Belmont and is 2-for-2 at the Big A. Julie D could play out as the dominant speed if ready after 403-day layoff. You Lie owns swift numbers on best efforts.
SECOND: Ezra has trained sharply since earning fast late-pace figure in last; needs scratches to escape AE list. Bapu was a fast-figured third in last on Delaware turf; worth long look at long price. Apollo Eleven was pace and trip compromised last time; very playable. Kopper Wired has the benefit of the rail on tight-turned course; don’t ignore.
THIRD: Special Risk is the only member of this 10-horse field that has started; call by default. Speighty Girl compiled eye-catching workout tab; follow the money. Come Dancing is another newcomer with strong drills; happy hunting.
FOURTH: Khaleesi Kat tallied very fast final fraction when a wide third in last; more to give. Road to Perfection moves to grass after clear-cut victory in last; dangerous. Reckless Humor won last on grass and hails from sizzling Rudy Rod riguez barn; right in the thick of this.
FIFTH: Altito has improved on the numbers in all three starts; more to come. High Promise fired 5-furlong bullet since tough-trip fourth in debut; improvement expected. Everybodyluvsrudy was second to a much-the-best winner in last; must consider.
SIXTH: Achnaha logged five tight works since notching career-best late-pace figure on Sept. 3; primed and ready for return. Itsonlyactingdad gets class relief after displaying improved speed in Grade I Flower Bowl last out; very dangerous. Palinodie gets Lasix in stateside debut for Christophe Clement; unknown but very interesting.
SEVENTH: Blame the Thief compiled eye-catching work slate since speed-and-fade debut at Saratoga; call based on price potential. Big Ragu was a late-running third in debut and could be aided by additional furlong. Ethan Hunt took backward step in last start after pairing up fast numbers in previous two outings; rebound threat.
EIGHTH: Veil Dance is riding a forward line on the numbers and makes peak start of form cycle. Esther the Queen is speedy and logs fast figures on best efforts. Hudson River Gal should pack amplified wallop with cutback to mile.