Best Bet: MOONSHINE CATE (4)
Best Value: ROSS J DAWG (2)
FIRST: Tiz Rae Anna raced wide versus a repeat winner last time; sharp works in the interim seal the deal. Loose was victimized by poor start in debut; dangerous. Summer of Joy is fresh and adds blinkers for Rudy Rodriguez; must consider.
SECOND: Ross J Dawg logged swift final fraction when winning last; pairs up. Runaway Posse tallied all three wins on Belmont sod; big-time player. Seize is speedy and will prove very tough on a soft lead.
THIRD: Aix En Provence is a hot commodity at the claim box and could be positioned in the stalker’s seat in contentious field. Chickaletta, another that could receive perfect setup, owns a second and two wins in last three starts. Lady Luciano drops and owns fast figures; right in the thick of this.
FOURTH: Moonshine Cate notched solid late-pace figure after horrendous start last time; deserves another chance. Flying K C owns fast figs but has finished second five times in 18 starts; mixed message. Brass Cat adds blinkers after being compromised by wide trip in last; worth long look.
FIFTH: Curious Cal is training consistently for first start since July; primed and ready. John’s Island packs potent late kick and would be aided by pace meltdown. Pegasus Red lost a head bob for top honors at this level last time; price will be tempting.
SIXTH: Candida was pace and position compromised when fourth versus pricier field last time; set for breakthrough in third start of form cycle. Bareeqa was a hard-charging maiden winner in last; dangerous. Fly Ash should be forwardly positioned in big field; worth long look at long price.
SEVENTH: Wait Your Turn makes first start since moving to Rodriguez barn; career best predicted. Smartly Agree is rested and owns fast final fractions on “A” game; very playable. Tale for Ruby should be aided by turnback to 7 furlongs; short price is the problem.
EIGHTH: Simon Bar Sinister chased swift splits last out and could play out as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Heaven’s Runway makes first start since claimed by Rodriguez and could be in the garden spot if fractions get fast and furious. Summation Time owns fast figures on best efforts; must consider.
NINTH: Benny Big Boy failed to fire last time but should make forward move in second start since Fourth of July. The Intern gets added ground after tough-trip fifth in sprint debut; dangerous. Outrageous Bet chased rapid fractions, gained short-lived lead and wilted in game effort last; big-time player. The Great Samurai was a strong second in last; right in the thick of this.