Best Bet: SATURDAY BLISS (6)
Best Value: SEEKING GOLD (4)
FIRST: Pass the Dice drops in first start since claimed by Danny Gargan; mixed message. Geaux Mets is speedy and rested; very dangerous. Howl could be ideally positioned in the stalker’s seat.
SECOND: Southern Union was a tough-trip third in last; call in wide-open maiden field. Mascarello was a solid second in most recent start; big-time player. Brooklyn Speights could prove very tough on a soft lead. Rapt also is speedy and starts from fence on tight-turned inner course; must consider.
THIRD: True Charm logged wire-to-wire wins in last two starts; speed pops small field again. Washington’s Song could be in the garden spot if top selection hits the wall in the lane. Lady of Victory is another that would be aided by pace meltdown.
FOURTH: Seeking Gold ships in from Ellis Park after winning two straight; ready for prime time. Ducasa is fresh and owns fast figures on “A” game. Ring Knocker owns solid final fractions on best efforts.
FIFTH: Preferred Outcome was a two-move third in debut; more to give. Awsum Roar owns speed and is training swiftly for first start since failing as the favorite in debut at Gulfstream; dangerous. Speightful Kitten was less than a length behind top selection when fifth in first outing; improvement expected. Shade Seeker makes first start for Mike Hushion; follow the money.
SIXTH: Saturday Bliss is riding a forward line on the numbers and could get early jump in bulky field. Sparkle Factor was eliminated at the start in last; worth long look. Resilient One could impact if fractions get fast and furious.
SEVENTH: Catch a Cab outworked 72 rivals in half-mile drill on Aug. 20; come and catch him. Pat On the Back was an even fourth in debut; forward move expected. Haul Anchor has failed as the favorite in both starts; you’ve been warned. Cespedes debuts for Rudy Rodriguez; we know he can hit, but can he run?
EIGHTH: Prophet’s Cat was a game second in last and should possess intensified kick with cutback to sprint. Heated Verdict makes first start with Lasix and first time since gelded; very interesting. Francis Freud was a much-improved third in last; don’t ignore.
NINTH: Hammers Vision was a game, front-end winner on wet dirt last out; transfers razor-sharp form to turf. Noble Quality logged swift late-pace figure when a willing second in last; very dangerous. Our Way was a hard-charging winner at 10-1 on second day of meet; must be factored into the mix.
TENTH: Helluva Choice makes peak start of form cycle; rates call if able to scratch into body of race. True Valor, another on AE list, makes first start with maiden-claiming tag. Tiz Always His Way adds blinkers after pop and stop in debut; potential main speed. Johnny Obvious was compromised by wide trip in debut; must be factored into the mix.