POST TIME 3:02 EDT--The G3 Eight Belles stakes Stakes is shaping up to be one of the best races on the Oaks/Derby cards. A contentious full field of 14 are ready to engage in battle as they break from the chute in this 7 furlong affair. The race is loaded with "need to lead" speed with #11 Dancinginthecircle and #14 Calistoga bringing the most pressure to the front. Joining this pair will be #1 Chortle and the overmatched #6 Neith. Favortism is likely to land on Todd Pletcher-trained #2 Fusaichiswonderful and it would be deserved. She'll sit the trip behind the wall of speed biding her time before dashing with a burst for the wire. My top pick here, however, is going to be a bit of a shocker in #8 Gold Medal Dancer. She makes her second race off the long layoff after breaking last of all in her 2013 debut at Oaklawn Park. With a clean break she'll sit in an outside presser pocket before commencing her run. That work at CD on 4/23 was striking. Look for a filly ready to move forward again in a big way. Can she defeat Fushaichis wonderful? That is the question but value on Gold Medal Dancer is a guarantee. Others to consider in our exotics would be #9 So Many Ways, #12 Touch Magic and #4 Sittin at the Bar.
$1 Trifecta 2,8 with 4,11,12 with 2,3,4,5,8,9,11,12,14
$.50 Trifecta 2,8 with 2,3,4,5,8,9,11,12,14 with 4,11,12