Best Bet: KNARSDALE (9); Best Value: RECONSIDER IT (5)
FIRST: Making Havoc is speedy and fired 5-furlong bullet drill on Tuesday; wire to wire. Frostie Anne, also quick from the gate, was a front-end winner in last; very dangerous. Kentucky Dancer owns fast back figures; don’t ignore.
SECOND: Lone Sentry tallied solid late-pace figure when fourth in debut; more to come. Witch Doctor makes first grass start for Mike Maker and is from a dam that’s thrown a turf winner; very interesting. Ambassador Jim was second to a repeat winner in debut; must consider.
THIRD: Givetheman a Cigar was a useful fourth in first start; plenty more to give. Zonic is fresh and owns solid numbers; very playable. Dwizard made menacing middle move and flattened in debut; right in the thick of this.
FOURTH: Lucullan logged solid final fraction when third to a front-running winner in last; rates close call. New York Song is riding a three-race winning streak; very playable. Air Vice Marshal displayed improved speed when fourth as the favorite in last; dangerous.
FIFTH: Reconsider It chased fast fractions and paid the price last time; drop back into maiden-claiming ranks seals the deal. Grand Banks packs potent kick on “A” game; big-time threat. Saturdaynightfling was third at 72-1 on Belmont sod on July 13; price will be tempting.
SIXTH: Stan the Man logged three tightly grouped works since much-improved placing on Aug. 7; continues forward progression. Greek Alphabet, from strong second-out stable (Kiaran McLaughlin), has trained with a purpose since sixth in debut; improvement expected. Ride On Faith runs late and could be aided by added ground.
SEVENTH: McIlroy makes peak start of form cycle and should pack intensified late wallop with cutback to 7 furlongs; set for best. Rapscallion logged swift late-pace figure when besting top selection on Belmont turf on July 13; easily could pair up wins. Tiznoble is speedy, rested and owns fast figures; very dangerous.
EIGHTH: Harlan’s Harmony owns a win on Belmont sod and is training sharply for first start since the Fourth of July; finely tuned. Big Handsome delivers strong efforts with machine-like consistency; logical, short-priced player. Jewel Heist is speedy and could prove very tough on a soft lead.
NINTH: Knarsdale owns sprinter’s speed and projects as the controlling front-runner in evenly-matched field. Jamyson ‘n Ginger owns fast figures and is training swiftly for Chad Brown; underlay material. Parade overcame a nearly 10-length, opening-quarter deficit to break maiden win last out; don’t dismiss.
TENTH: Nile Princess is training consistently for first start since 59-day freshener; call based on price in wide-open nightcap. Ragazza Di Papa delivered two best efforts on Belmont sod this past summer; very dangerous. Veil Dance owns strong late kick and logged only win on Belmont grass; right in the thick of this. Crazy About Jazz engaged swift splits when an ultra-game second in last; regresses today?