What a great race by two West Coast Monsters! Excited to see how these two progress (and hopefully create a rivalry) down the stretch to BC Classic at end of year. Let's hope they both stay healthy.
I can't ignore Cupid in this one since he has speed. Not sure to make of his last besides he might've needed the start after a short layoff. This is his ideal distance so if he is 3-1 or higher, I'd add him to my top pick The Player. I'm sure he will be bet down but he does seem to be the up and comer. Cherry Wine can't be ignored as he has run against the top 3 yr olds and ran well in the Preakness (albeit on sloppy track) but he should be rolling late here.
I do expect Force the Pass to get back to his winning ways in here. 2nd start off layoff and on the course he's familiar should be rolling down the lane. Also like Offering Plan. Liked his comeback win. As long as he doesn't bounce, he should be flying down the lane.
The Pizza Man is the deserving favorite but I'll be wagering on the improving Thatcher Street (likes the CD course and ideal distance) and Plueven (3rd start off layoff and solid 2nd in last).
Effinex is the class but I do like Eagle as the my top pick here and the distance is right up his alley. I'm going to give International Star another shot here. He definitely needs to improve off his last race. Seemed like he didn't handle the track but we'll see in here. Like that Geroux will be on him.
going with Belisarius (hard knocking ALW/OP horse but think he would like the unordinary 2 mile distance) and Up With the Birds (seen better days but this will be his third start off layoff and like J Velasquez onboard).
Another wide open Met Mile which equates to a nice betting race. I have several "likes" in here: Going with Pletcher's Blofeld (nice win one start back at GP mile race), Stanford (nice win at CT), Donworth (middle distance might be the answer) and Calculator (one turn mile should be up his alley).
With Flintshire anticipated to get the most attention at the window, I think Big Blue Kitten (2nd start off layoff, nice record at BEL), Wake Forest (won last out at BEL) and Slumber (2nd start off layoff) have shots in here. Wide open race but sticking Brown's "other" runners.
I agree if Finnegan's Wake is healthy he should be right there. Also like Patentar. He looks like he's getting better and might surprise the field. Bal a Bali should like this distance but he has proven to lack the winning kick at the the wire and as the ml favorite I'd pass.
Taking a chance with first time two turn runner Super Majesty and Tiger Ride in this one. I think Super Majesty should handle the longer distance and would relish the off going (being by Super Saver. Tiger Ride is a versatile runner on turf and dirt and an off-track should help her chances should she run here instead of tomorrow's turf race (cross entered).
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