Best bet: FIRE AWAY (8)
Best value: PERSKY’S SPIRIT (1)
FIRST: Persky’s Spirit returns to dirt after flashing speed versus pricier field last time; developing 3-year-old filly is primed for breakthrough. Congarees Key gets class relief and makes peak start of form cycle. Champagne Therapy fired 3-furlong bullet for first start in 74 days; very interesting.
SECOND: Foxy Posse was a front-end winner in last and owns faster back figures; pairs up. Jemmabelle won last with a hard-charging rally; very dangerous. Blind Devotion owns speed and makes third start since layoff; right in the thick of this.
THIRD: Caleb’s a Survivor was a determined winner in last at Finger Lakes and has paired up big efforts in the past; more to come. Wine Not finished second in last two starts and has shown a tendency to prefer minor awards; demand value. River of Magic makes first start since moving to Jeremiah Engle hart barn (34 percent); worth long look at long price.
FOURTH: Fahan Mura is fresh, gets Lasix and owns fast late-pace figures; forward move predicted. Two Hot Betty owns sprinter’s speed and must be considered if able to escape AE list. Banner Wave also is fleet-footed and logged three tight works since last start; dangerous. Jetsam Six makes first start since claimed by Rudy Rodriguez; must consider.
FIFTH: Little Jerry is rested and owns speed and fast figures on “A” game. Wizardly delivers solid efforts with machine-like consistency; very dangerous. Mr. Palmer consistently logs swift numbers; big-time player.
SIXTH: Mav has trained sharply since determined win Sept. 28; positional speed adds to appeal. Dr. Edgar runs late in sprints and could be aided by today’s longer trip. Steamboat Bill is 1-for-1 on Big A sod; don’t ignore. Romans Paradise can compete on best efforts and will offer juicy ticket; worth long look.
SEVENTH: Rich ’n’ Tuck packs potent late kick and owns a win and a second in two starts on Big A loam. Will Did It wheels back in a hurry after clear-cut win Nov. 5; pair up potential. Possilicious looms the speed of the speed with addition of blinkers. Roll Tide Roll holds razor-sharp current condition; right in the thick of this.
EIGHTH: Fire Away, 1-for-1 on Big A turf, is firing sharp works for first start since April and owns fast final fractions on best. Sandy’z Slew withstood swift splits when winning last; big-time, front-end threat. Unbridled Ocean has been sidelined for more than a year but owns swift numbers on “A” efforts.
NINTH: Salori’s Bank drops after useful sixth in debut; call in weak nightcap. Bellelarama is speedy and could prove very tough on an unchallenged lead. Feather in My Cap is training with a purpose for debut; stay tuned to the tote. You Promise returns to dirt and makes first start with maiden-claiming tag; must be considered.