Best bet: LANGFIRST (1)
Best value: JERSEY’S KITTENS (8)
FIRST: Langfirst was a front-end winner on Delaware grass last out and logged career-best number on Belmont dirt. Can Can Babe makes first start since claimed by David Jacobson; very dangerous. Natalie Victoria was eliminated by bad start in last; don’t ignore.
SECOND: Brooklyn Gal displayed improved speed with addition of blinkers last time; continues forward progression. Barbie Stones runs late and could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Goldies Luckycharm gets blinkers and Lasix and makes second start since six-month layoff; worth long look.
THIRD: Ducasa is speedy and drops; timid call in cheap field. Hot Dudette owns a similar profile as top selection (fleet-footed, gets class relief); must consider. Warriors Diva owns two wins from four starts at Belmont; right in the thick of this.
FOURTH: Sherini returns to turf after clear-cut win on Spa dirt last time; transfers razor-sharp form. Texting owns fast final fractions and is training sharply; very dangerous. Earring and Chicadoro both get Lasix for stateside debut; follow the money.
FIFTH: Porvoo was an improved fifth in last and should pack amplified wallop with cutback to 6 furlongs. Show Giant switches to sod after front-running score on dirt last time; very playable. Pira was a determined maiden winner in last; price will be tempting.
SIXTH: Agronomy ships in from SoCal and makes first start versus NY-breds. J.J. Jake was a strong third in debut; big-time player. Altesino compiled tight work tab for first start; stay tuned to the tote.
SEVENTH: Lady Bling is riding a forward line on the numbers and owns fast late-pace figures on “A” game. Sunset Knoll is speedy, rested and hails from Danny Gargan barn; very dangerous. Saratoga Smoke also is quick from gate and makes third start of form cycle; don’t dismiss.
EIGHTH: Jersey’s Kittens has fired three bullet works since late-running fourth in last; call based on price in wide-open state-bred, turf dash. Esther the Queen was a change-of-pace fifth in last; staying closer to the early flow is the key. Barrier to Entry is fresh and has delivered best efforts on Belmont sod; very playable. Askforforgiveness won last and now moves to grass with strong turf pedigree; worth long look.
NINTH: Virga makes first start with maiden-claiming tag and third start of form cycle; set for breakthrough. Cornedbeefncabbage owns a running style that should be aided by move to grass; price will be tempting. Tracking Stock was a strong second when favored in last; logical, short-priced player once again. Gee Pea Ess could play out as the controlling speed in first start since claimed by Linda Rice.