good catch. my childhood memories got the best of me.
Two year old stakes (post BC Juvenile) are always a little tricky for me. Gormley was a nice win for me in the Norfolk and any emulation of that race should make him hard to beat. But curious to see how he mentally bounces back from a "troubled" race in the BC Juvenile. American Anthem has a lot of upside (out of newcomer sire Bodemeister out of AP Indy mare, under Baffert and nice game mdn debut win). He might be the post time favorite. With that being said, I'm taking a shot with longshots Colonel Samsen (seems to be on a roll with mdn score and small stakes race albeit on all weather track and turf. Adding lasix can't hurt and if he can take to traditional dirt, he should be in a good position if he is able with what seems like a decent pace in the race). Also adding Term of Art (liked his last win on a good track and pace should help his chances).
Like a few horses in here. Even Thunder has done nothing wrong since his debut mdn race. Liked his last gritty win and his bloodline shows a mile is right up his alley. Also like debut mdn winner Sklyer's Scramjet (like Rosario riding him in his debut for new trainer and seems to have early speed to be dangerous). Adding Cavil to my top three picks. Liked his mdn score and J. Velasquez staying with him is a plus. He should handle the 1 mile distance.
Ring Weekend is the class of the field but I also like Perfectly Majestic and Itsinthepost. They're both proven ALW level runners but looks ready to step up to next level (home turf and both geldings seemed to be better in their last 5 races). Worth a shot at nice odds.
Looks to me it's between Arles, Ryans Charm and Pretty Girl.
I like Cheekaboo with M. Smith back on her. He seems to get the best out of her. Adding lightly raced Sassy Little Lila. Hasn't done anything wrong since switching to two turns and seems to be improving. Don't have to be a world beater to beat this field. And including Sheeza Milky Way to the mix. She's a hard knocker and like B. Blanc on her. Has a longshot chance.
I do like Journey Home right back here as well as recent maiden winners Yuvetsi (liked his mdn score at this distance and Contreras is a solid rider) along with Joe'sgoldenholiday with money rider Smith aboard).
My picks here will be Conquest Enforcer (Like his consistency and the distance his ideal for him) and Moonlight Drive (liked his last and the distance should be ideal for him as well).
I'm going against Holy Lute here. I like the up and coming He Will (like his races on turf - especially downhill and seems to better without blinkers). Also like Bettys Bambino (coming off a long layoff but was on a roll prior and should be able to run well fresh. Rosario riding him is a good sign).
Can't ignore Lightstream and her recent runs at this distance. Also like the freakish Finley'sluckycharm. Has strong early speed and might be tough to catch if she is let loose. Adding Constellation to the mix. Was a solid sprinting 2 yr old and looks like she's just as good as a 3 yr old. Like Hollendorfer bringing her back in her last (albeit soft company). She should be right there.
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