Best Bet: EPIC LADY (4)
Best Value: POSSE NEEDED (6)
FIRST: Sweetrayofsunshine is riding a two-race winning streak and makes first start since claimed by Robertino Diodoro. Making Havoc owns speed and fast back figures; dangerous. Spun Copper owns a win and a third in two starts at Belmont; must consider.
SECOND: Madame Ambassador makes peak start of form cycle after being pace compromised in last; set for breakthrough. Freckle de Freck was a front-running second in last; dangerous. That Warrior Girl compiled tight work tab for first start since November; price will be tempting.
THIRD: Tombelaine tallied swift late-pace and final figures when winning last time; pairs up. Vision Perfect was a game second in last; big-time player. Siding Spring is speedy and could prove very tough on a soft lead.
FOURTH: Epic Lady is fresh, gets confident price hike and owns fast final fractions on best efforts. Fiscal Discipline has failed at 80 cents on the dollar in last two starts; you’ve been warned. Cleo shows tight work that culminated with 3-furlong bullet; don’t ignore.
FIFTH: Condo King makes first start since claimed by David Jacobson; call in wide-open dash. American Pioneer drops after failing as the favorite in last; logical, short-priced player once again. Play Big earned career-best number when breaking maiden in last start; must consider.
SIXTH: Posse Needed is rested and fired eye-catching 5-furlong bullet drill on May 15; primed and ready. Presumptuous has finished second in last two starts; continues trend? Dancing All Night was a clear-cut second in debut; right in the thick of this.
SEVENTH: Cinderela El Crome projects as the speed of the speed with aggressive ride. Town Classic has trained strongly since last start and packs potent kick on “A” game; very playable. I Get Smooth ships in from Monmouth for first start since moving to Jorge Navarro barn; worth long look.
EIGHTH: Tizelle, 1-for-1 on Belmont grass, is working with purpose for first start in more than a year; rates call in contentious field. Tiz a Kitten has trained sharply since tough-trip second in last; more to give. Saratiago is riding a forward line on the numbers; dangerous. About That Base was second at 80 cents on the dollar last out; burns more cash?
NINTH: Pimm’s Cup took backward step in last start after front-running placing in previous race; rebounds. Zaguri should pack enhanced late kick with slight cutback in distance. Source Control logged three works since last start; very dangerous. Filius Scat compiled solid work tab for debut; follow the money.