Valley View – Defiant Honor Can Get Back On Track

Keeneland runs a very competitive version of the Valley View (G3) today. It’s an 8.5 furlong race for three year old fillies on the firm turf.

Valley View (G3) – This races features the top three runners from the Indiana Grand Stakes (from, you guessed it, Indiana Grand), last month. #1 Lovely Bernadette (5-1) got a nice trip just behind the pace and should get another here breaking from the inside and possessing good tactical speed. #5 I’m Betty G (10-1) is a speed. There’s not a ton of other speed in here, and the course has been good to speed. She’s a player. #8 Youngest Daughter (8-1) rallied late after some traffic at the top of the lane, but her best races seem a cut below. #7 Fault (6-1) didn’t run poorly pressing a moderate pace in the Sands Point against better horses – La Coronel (who won the QE II last week) and Uni – but was probably aided by that slow pace and she got a great inside/out trip to win the Pucker Up two starts back. Some will be attracted to Chad Brown’s #10 Dolce Lili (12-1), but she got a fast pace to attack in beating a weak field last time at Monmouth. Still, she is improving.

Our pick, however, is #6 Defiant Honor (10-1), a full sister to Recepta, who goes out for Jimmy Toner. Her four races this year make her look like she’s in an in/out pattern (she’d be in for this race), but I just think she’s had some tough trips in her bad races.

She debuted in June and ran a huge race on a fast pace to beat a next-out winner at Belmont. Then in the Lake George, she broke well and was inside and then weakened late. She probably should have been sent through in that race as she seems to like to press in the clear. Even so, she only relented late and that was a better field than this. Defiant Honor rebounded with a good win in the Riskaverse on August 24th running fast enough to win this race. Then last time, she was surprisingly rated by Nik Juarez in the Sands Point, which featured a slow pace. She was never given a chance to run and we’ll toss that race. Her best races are as good as anyone in here and she’ll be a great price.

We’ll play her to win and box in the exacta with 5-7-10.

Good luck.

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North of the Border

Let’s go north of the border up to Toronto where there are two Grade 1 races at Woodbine this afternoon – the EP Taylor for fillies & mares and the Canadian International for colts and geldings.

We think the North American contingent has a better chance in the latter than the former.

Woodbine Race 9 – EP Taylor – #6 Nezwaah (5-2) is the morning line favorite and the horse to beat. Two-back, she won a Group 1 at The Curragh and then was no match for Enable in the Yorkshire Oaks. Enable, of course, returned to win the Arc, and there are no Enables in this race. Our other main use is #8 Blond Me (6-1). You can safely toss her last race when something went wrong and she was not persevered with. Before that, she was second to the excellent Winter in a Group 1 at Goodwood.

#7 Rain Goddess (9-2) comes in for Aidan O’Brien but is sure to be overbet and didn’t run well in the Beverly D two months ago at Arlington. O’Brien is 8-69 in North America over the last five years but five of those wins are Breeders Cup races. In non-BC races, he is just 3-32 (his wins were Deauville in the 2016 Belmont Derby, Highland Reel in the 2015 Secretariat, and Adelaide in the 2014 Secretariat). Also note that Highland Reel and Adelaide are world-class Group 1 runners.

Of the North American runners, we prefer #4 Raina Da Bateria (10-1) who is 2-3 over the course and has a win over the distance.

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Woodbine Race 10 – Canadian International – The 5-2 morning line favorite is #4 Idaho, also for Aidan O’Brien. He is making his second visit to this side of the Atlantic this year after running sixth (of seven) in the Sword Dancer. The Sword Dancer did fall apart late and he was forwardly placed in there, but the form of that race did not come back strong in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic two weeks ago. Idaho was also fifth at 7-5 in this race last year. We’ll let him beat us.

#9 Erupt (7-2) won this race last year and he didn’t run that well in the aforementioned Sword Dancer either. However, he did not run with Lasix that day and adds Lasix today as he makes his first start for Graham Motion. He’s probably the horse to beat. There are, however, two alternatives, at longer prices, we want to take shots with.

We’ll throw a few bucks on #8 Messi (8-1), who should have won the Northern Dancer last time (of course we bet him that day). He’s #4 in the race below.

Had Jose Ortiz been able to get him outside sooner, he very likely would have won that race. Here’s the problem. Johnny Bear, who did win that race, is 12-1 in here and this is a much tougher spot. Still, he ran very well last time and two-back, was compromised by a very slow pace and ran well in there too.

However, our top selection is #10 Chemical Charge (5-1). While everyone focuses on Erupt and Idaho, we’ll take the longest-priced Euro. Chemical Charge raced against Idaho at Royal Ascot and had to wait on the inside while Idaho came up outside and got the jump on him (Chemical Charge is #4, in the back in maroon, fourth among the rail runners, while Idaho is just behind the pace in the Coolmore orange and blue).

He also had a little trouble in his last start, a 12-furlong stakes race on Polytrack last time. He’s been pointed to this spot by Ralph Beckett, while this is more of an afterthought for Idaho.

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The Play – For $18, we’ll play $6 doubles with Nezwaah into Chemical Charge and Messi and then $3 with Blond Me into those two.

One more…Woodbine Race 6 – Nearctic Stakes – We really liked #2 White Flag’s (7-2) race in the Allied Forces at Belmont last time where he made a quick move on the turn to run down the talented Big Handsome. We’ll take him for the small upset of #1 Dowse’s Beach (5-2), who was terrible last time in the Lucky Coin at Saratoga and #7 Cotai Glory (2-1) who comes in from Europe and has to run six furlongs instead of five, which can be a very significant difference in these turf sprints. He faded back in his only six furlong race this year.

Good luck.

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Three Year Old Fillies On The Grass Highlight Saturday Racing

After two straight weeks of Breeders Cup prep races, the action slows down a bit but we still have a pair of very good races for three year old fillies on turf, led by the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland, as well as the ungraded Pebbles at Belmont Park. We’ll look at those two races in this post.

We’ll start at Keeneland, where there was Friday news involving this race. #7 Wuheida (4-1), a definite contender for Charles Appleby who has run in five straight European Group 1 races, will scratch.

That still leaves us with a strong field of 10.

Keeneland Race 9 – Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup – Let’s go through the field.

#1 Con Te Partiro (30-1) won at Ascot for Wesley Ward at 20-1 and was beaten by 1 3/4 lengths in the Del Mar Oaks but three rivals in today’s race. Con Te Partiro doesn’t have any early speed and got a nice inside/out trip in that last one. She’s overmatched.

#2 Proctor’s Ledge (9-2) won both the Lake George and Lake Placid at Saratoga and has gotten very good over the summer. We especially liked her Lake Placid, her most recent race, where she did not get a fast pace but made a strong wide move and ran on to win nicely. She’s been the horse that has been improving the most over the summer and will be our pick. Trainer Brendan Walsh is good freshening up his in-form turf horses – he’s 5-17 with a $3.96 ROI with last out turf winners on 40-80 day layoffs.

#3 Daddy’s Lil Darling (20-1) crushed the field in the Dueling Grounds Oaks last time but that was a very weak field. Still, her previous turf start, in the Belmont Oaks, wasn’t bad – she was only beaten a little over two lengths and had a tricky trip in the Florida Oaks, her only other turf start. She’ll be a big price and we’ll use underneath.

#4 Dream Dancing (6-1) comes into this race out of a win in the Del Mar Oaks where she got a great trip off a pace that fell apart. She’s another that doesn’t have any early speed (she was on the very slow pace in the Wonder Again because someone had to be) and think she’s probably a cut below the top ones, though she can hit the board.

#5 Unforgettable Filly (20-1) had something go wrong last time (perhaps she bled as she gets Lasix for her first US start), and won a German Group 2 two-back, but she feels a bit overmatched here.

#6 La Coronel (6-1) was at the top of the division at the beginning of the year but hasn’t run especially well in her two starts since returning from Royal Ascot. Even if you give her a pass for her first start back in the Lake Placid, she set a very slow pace and led by two lengths in the stretch of the Sands Point last time and lost the lead. It is noteworthy that she is 2-2 at Keeneland, but we’ll take the opinion that she is not as good as she was at the beginning of the year.

#8 Madam Dancealot (15-1) is the horse we want out of the Del Mar Oaks, as she was trying to rally inside of runners and had to wait for a seam at the top of the lane, while Dream Dancing and Beau Recall came wide and ended up bobbing at the wire. She did run well to win the San Clemente, albeit with a big pace. We’ll use underneath.

#9 Beau Recall (12-1) ran her best speed figure last time out, with a good trip, in the Del Mar Oaks. She maybe didn’t have the best trip but was beaten soundly by New Money Honey in the Belmont Oaks after getting stuck behind the good speed horse Sircat Sally in her previous starts. She’s a little interesting, but she’s probably a cut below. She’s another we’ll use underneath.

#10 Uni (9-2) ran OK in the Belmont Oaks, her first US start, but picked up the tempo in her last two, a solid second to Proctor’s Ledge in the Lake Placid and a nice win behind the moderate pace set by La Coronel in the Sands Point. She is, however, drawn poorly here and that is a concern, though we consider her the second most likely winner behind Proctor’s Ledge.

#11 New Money Honey (4-1) is the likely favorite from the far outside. She skipped the turf stakes at Saratoga to run on dirt in the Alabama, which didn’t work out, but is 4-6 on the grass including wins in the Belmont Oaks and the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last year. Still, her last two wins were with picture-perfect trips, she is going to have to run her fastest face to win here (as the favorite from a bad post) and she ran her worst race on this track back in April. There’s enough to overcome that we’ll oppose here here.

The Play – We’ll play Proctor’s Ledge to win and a few exactas and triefectas with her finishing first or second. We’ll also try to keep La Coronel and New Money Honey out of the exacta.

50-cent trifecta – 2 / 3, 8, 9, 10 / 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 ($10.50)
50-cent trifecta – 3, 8, 9, 10 / 2 / 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 ($10.50)

Belmont Race 9 – Pebbles Stakes 

This race, unlike the QEII at Keeneland, is much less open. To us, it looks like a race where you pick one Chad Brown horse between #2 Rubilinda (8-5) and #3 Thais (5-2).

Rubilinda is 2-3 with her one loss coming with a very tough trip. She stretches to a mile here after a big run in the six-furlong Christiecat Stakes on opening day of the fall meet in which she ran down a loose leader. Here, she has to stretch out to a mile, which shouldn’t be a big problem but who’s to say she is going to be as effective, and she’s going to be a very short price.

We prefer Thais, who was a good second in her US debut in a Saratoga allowance race on September 2nd. In that race, she was wired by a solid older horse in Malibu Stacy, who took advantage of the speed/inside favoring turf course at that time of the meet. Thais was able to save ground much of the way but picked her way through some traffic and never got clear on the outside. She was still moving very well late behind the wire to wire winner. We’ll take her to upset, though we’d obviously use both her and Rubilinda in a multi-race play.

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Sunday’s Win And You’re In Races

We had a few “close but no cigar” results on Saturday (it would have been nice if Ballagh Rocks could have gotten up for second over Heart to Heart in the Shadwell, but it wasn’t to be). Belmont and Keeneland each run two Win and You’re In Races on Sunday. Let’s take a look.

Belmont Race 7 – Frizette Stakes – I think this is the most interesting of all of these races. Our first opinion is we’re going to play against the two horses coming out of the Spinaway at Saratoga, which had a fast pace and a glacial finish. #1 Maya Malibu (4-1) sat back behind a very fast pace and clunked up for second without doing much running. #4 Separationofpowers (9-5) was part of that very fast pace, and did finish ahead of her pace rival, but that race did come back slow and she rode a gold rail to her maiden win. Plus, there should be enough other speed in here to keep her honest.

Our top pick is #10 Critique (6-1). She’s drawn perfectly outside and has the foundation of two seven-furlong races. The questions are legit: her two races were both off-the-turf races and the field in her last race, a 16-length maiden win on September 3rd at Saratoga, was certainly very weak. The runner-up from that races, however, returned to improve her figure by 16 points when running sixth in a much tougher maiden field last week. Critique still seems to be figuring things out – she was lugging in and changed leads in the stretch.

We will also use #6 Purrfect Miss (5-1), who ran well on debut on Opening Day at the Spa and then returned to a solid maiden win on August 20th. We just like Critique’s far outside draw and two seven-furlong races, while Purrfect Miss will be stretching out from six furlongs to one mile and will probably be closer to what should be a solid pace. Plus, her maiden win seemed to hold together where the speeds ran 1-2-3 all the way around. Still, we like Purrfect Miss and will be using her.

Belmont Race 8 – Flower Bowl – Everyone wants to bet #1 Grand Jete (9-5) after her terrible trip in the Beverly D (when of course we had her). The other logical horses are #4 Zhukova (2-1) and #3 Dacita (3-1). Zhukova won the Man O’ War here in May but that was on a bog (and even if it rains today the turf course won’t be nearly that soft). She can win but we’ll hope she gets overbet off that one race. Dacita won the Beverly D after Grand Jete got in trouble. She wants very firm turf which she might not get (though again, it won’t be as soft as it was for the Man O War and Dacita’s Beaugay). I’d also add that she might be better going a little shorter than this and she is most likely of these three to be compromised by a  projected slow pace.

Keeneland Race 8 – Bourbon Stakes – Everything at Keeneland is off the turf except this race, which will be run on a yielding course (exact classification hasn’t been announced yet but we can operate under that assumption). We liked both of #9 Captivating Moon’s (5-1) races, especially his turf debut where he won very easily and displayed a quick turn of foot. He’s also half to several turf winners including Grade 1 winner Vacare and Abtaal, who earned over $200k on the grass.

Keeneland Race 9 – Spinster – #8 Bar of Gold (7-2) is going to get her preferred wet surface today, but she never beats open company. #6 Lockdown (3-1) is definitely the one to beat, and she ran fine last time in the Cotillion, but now comes back on short rest. We’ll try #1 Martini Glass (12-1), who is drawn very well and should get a good trip behind the pace. Three-back she tested Songbird in the Delaware Handicap and last time was second to Monesoncharlotte at Thistledown. That rival came back to run second in the Beldame last week. Then they put her on turf last time and she was hurt by a slow pace in a pretty solid field on what is not her preferred surface. In the last five years, trainer Keith Nations is 19-52 (37%) with a $3.52 ROI going turf to dirt (per DRF Formulator). The ROI actually goes UP to $3.85 when looking at turf to scheduled dirt, where he is 16-41 (39%).

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Saturday Full of BC Preps

Today is a great day of racing with Breeders Cup prep races at both Belmont and Keeneland that we’ll look at here (also today, Santa Anita has the Santa Anita Sprint Championship featuring Roy H, Giant Expectations, and American Anthem).

We’ll look at a few spots here.

Belmont Race 8 – Champagne Stakes (G1) – 12 are lined up to go a one-turn mile and there are three horses that we’ll focus on in our plays. #6 Good Magic (7-2) is our top selection. This $1-million yearling was bet to 3-4 in the Travers Day opener but had to chase wide while Hazit, who is in this race, set a very slow pace on a good rail in wiring the field. We’ll also use #9 Honorable Treasure (6-1), who was an impressive winner with a 90 Beyer in his first dirt race on August 19th. Ezmosh, who was beaten by 6 lengths as the runner-up in that race, came back to win a one-mile race at Churchill Downs and improve his figure by 10 points. Finally, we’ll use #8 Aveenu Malcainu (6-1), a NY-bred who is 2-2 and has looked strong in both of his starts.

Belmont Race 9 – Hill Prince (G3) – This is not really a Breeders Cup prep, but more likely a Hollywood Derby prep race. #4 Frostmourne (5-2) was the impressive winner of the Kent but then was training in an unsatisfactory for trainer Christophe Clement, so they skipped the Secretariat Stakes with him. That has to be at least a little bit concerning. We prefer #6 Bricks and Mortar (3-1) who had a very troubled start before putting in a big run behind Voodoo Song in the Saranac last time out. #2 Yoshida (7-2) ran a big race in the Saranac too, but didn’t have the trouble that Bricks and Mortar did – still, he was only beaten by that one by 3/4 of a length in the Hall of Fame two-back. We’re using him too.

Belmont Race 10 – Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) – #7 Keen Ice (9-5) is the horse to beat. He won the Suburban over this trip two-back and ran well after breaking slowly and getting caught behind a moderate pace in the Whitney as Gun Runner, the possible BC Classic favorite, romped. Keen Ice is back at his best distance and should get enough pace here, with Diversify and Keen Ice’s stablemates, Destin and Rally Cry. That said, #4 Pavel (5-2) is the horse we’d like to bet (though we’d need a little more than the 5-2 morning line price). After winning his debut going 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar, Pavel ran a huge race in the Jim Dandy, chasing wide on a gold-rail track and only fading late after stretching out to nine furlongs. He then crushed the field with a 103 Beyer in the Smarty Jones last time at Parx. The distance in a question, and this is a tough spot against older horses in just his fourth career start, but maybe he is that good. His aggressive placement in here and the Jim Dandy say at least that Doug O’Neil thinks he might be that good.

Let’s look at some of the races from Keeneland on Saturday.

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Parx Grade 1s

Today is the biggest day of the calendar at Parx Racing in Bensalem, where they run the Grade 1 Cotillion for three-year old fillies and the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby for three-year old colts, the latter race being run as a Grade 1 for the first time.

West Coast, off his Travers win, heads the Derby and to be honest, I can’t make a strong case for anyone to beat him.

Cotillion Stakes – Race 10 – There is a horse that should be a decent-enough price, however, that we want to play in the Cotillion, and that is #10 Salty (5-1). We liked her in both the Kentucky Oaks and Acorn, and she ran well in both spots, only to get beat by today’s rival #9 Abel Tasmen (8-5) in both. Then Abel Tasmen beat her again in the Coaching Club American Oaks, going nine furlongs at Saratoga.

Let’s look at their three meetings, all Abel Tasmen wins.

Race Margin Notes
Kentucky Oaks 4 Ls Salty stymied in traffic inside, AT clear run outside
Acorn 1 L Salty went wide while AT scraped the rail
CCA Oaks 3.25 Ls Salty had a very tangled beginning, breaking 3-4 L slow

While we ultimately think that Salty will be better, and a potential star, going seven furlongs, we do think she can spring the upset today. While Abel Tasmen did beat her by 3 1/4 lengths in the CCA Oaks, Salty lost at least that much ground after a very tangled start, costing her substantial early position. Then last time, she was a decent third in the 10-furlong Alabama behind the runaway winner Elate (running at Belmont in the Beldame next Saturday). The 1.5 furlong turn-back to this 8.5 furlong distance is huge for Salty and will help narrow, if not close, the gap between her and Abel Tasmen.

Pennsylvania Derby – Race 11 – #4 West Coast (8-5) crushed the field in the Travers and his Los Al Derby was very good too. He’s just getting better over the summer and unless #1 Timeline (5-1) can take a major step forward, which is possible, West Coast just towers over this field. Timeline had a rough start in the Haskell and then rushed up to dispute a fast pace, so you can forgive that one, but are his other races good enough? At least Timeline has more room to improve than #5 Irap (3-1), who did run a good second in the Travers.

The horse we don’t want is #8 Irish War Cry (9-2) who tracked the pace in a good spot well off the rail in the Haskell and then just had nothing. He’s recovered from bad races before, but remember, his Derby was better than it looked since he made a very wide move off what was a good inside. The Haskell-Day rail at Monmouth was probably not the place to be and he stalked the pace well off that bad inside.

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Bird Song Can Upset Sharp Azteca in Kelso

Belmont has two graded stakes races on Saturday, headed by the G2 Kelso Handicap.

Kelso Handicap (G2) – Belmont, Race 9 – #5 Sharp Azteca (4-5) leads the field and will be the controlling speed under Paco Lopez for trainer Jorge Navarro. Over the last five years, Navarro is 5-31 with a $1.01 ROI in NYRA dirt races, and has been dealing with fallout from a video of Navarro and one of his owners that has led to fines and denied entries in some jurisdictions.

Sharp Azteca is obviously a very talented horse by I think typically you want to play against these Navarro runners at short prices outside of Florida and New Jersey. Granted, he did run very well in the Met Mile and should be on what is a pretty slow pace here. Still, there is one big-priced alternative that we want to bet.

#6 Bird Song (12-1) has always been a horse that has been better going one-turn than two, and while he did win the Alysheba at Churchill on Kentucky Oaks Day, he did so riding a gold rail. They stretched him out again in the Foster and he was wrangled back off the pace and everything went awry.

Ian Wilkes then turned him back to six furlongs in the G1 Vanderbilt on July 29th, and unfortunately for Bird Song, the track was strongly-biased towards inside runners, and his very wide run in there gave him no chance to win as El Deal (ironically also trained by Navarro), was easily able to wire the field (and by the way will be a big play against next week in the Vosburgh).

In this race, Bird Song should be able to track Sharp Azteca on the outside and getting back to one mile from six furlongs should suit him well.

We should also mention #4 Divining Rod (2-1), who ran ok in the Forego with very little chance chasing Defrong, the Breeders Cup Sprint favorite, who was wiring the field. Further, Divining Rod was coming back on just 14 days rest in there and has four weeks rest for this race. He is also a possible upsetter, but we just prefer Bird Song and his better price.

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Wednesday at Belmont

(Hopefully this will go better than our Sunday picks at Woodbine who combined to beat exactly zero horses)

Belmont – Race 5 – Assuming they stay on the grass today at Belmont, there is a horse we had put on our watch list that returns today in race five, a two-year old Maiden Special Weight for New York-bred turf runners. #7 Burkie (10-1) made his debut at Saratoga on August 16th and we thought ran very well going five-and-a-half furlongs (he subsequently ran on dirt on September 3rd but that can be forgiven). Burkie broke two lengths slow in his debut, moved up on the turn, then had to dive back towards the inside when horses angled out in front of him and he didn’t get totally clear before flattening out late. It was a better than it looks debut and the winner of that race returned to be beaten three lengths (running sixth of 12) in an open stakes race at Kentucky Downs, improving his figure but six points.

UPDATE – 12:18 PM – Burkie is a vet scratch.

Belmont – Race 8 – Gimma Stakes – #7 Newport Breeze (5-1) ran one of the most bizarre races of the Saratoga meet in the Seeking the Ante on August 25th. She was up on what was a very fast pace before dropping out of contention on the turn. After appearing totally beaten, she re-rallied late and just missed, coming out of nowhere in the last furlong. That race featured a huge pace, and so does this one. She’s drawn well on the outside and the race sets up well for this California-based runner who won an open Maiden Special Weight race at Del Mar, defeating Dancing Belle, who would subsequently finish second in the Grade 2 Sorrento and fourth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante.

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2-Year Old Stakes North of the Border

Let’s go north to Canada where Woodbine will run two key Breeders Cup prep races – the Summer for juvenile turf males and the Natalma for juvenile turf fillies. Both are one-turn miles on the sweeping Woodbine layout.

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Summer Stakes – Race 6 – This race features a few horses stretching out in distance after winning sprint races near the front end and should feature  pretty contested pace. Even if a few of the potential speeds rate, which is possible, we’ll still prefer a horse that has experience over a route of ground. That horse is #8 Empirically (8-1) for trainer Roy Lerman (who is looking for his first win of the year). Empirically probably wants even more ground than this – his half-sister Evidently is a solid turf-marathoner. His debut race was solid, though he had a very good trip inside and was DQ’d when coming out in the last furlong. Still, we expect today’s race to set up well for him and he should be a better price than the other logical closer, #1 Untamed Domain (7-2). He’s been a deep closer, but could be closer today adding blinkers. He had some tricky trips in his first two starts but had a pretty clean run in the With Anticipation last time. He was OK in there but it wasn’t a great performance by any stretch.

Natalma Stakes – Race 9 – It’s not too often where you can get Chad Brown at 6-1 and we’ll try #1 Dooder (6-1) in here with that in mind. Dooder is a New York-bred, who ran very well to win her debut race at Saratoga on August 10th against fellow NY-breds. In there, she made the first move while wide after the favorite, then had to wait for a bit in the lane, finally diving back inside and got up to win. It was a pretty solid effort. Our question revolves around the fact that the horses to come out of her debut win to run back did so and saw their figures drop – the runner-up Codrington won a race 15 days later and saw her figure drop 15 points. That is a bit of a concern, but that was on short rest, and visually we still liked Dooder’s race. She’s our pick. The horse to beat is #3 March X Press (5-2) for Todd Pletcher. She was sensational in the Bolton Landing at Saratoga last month – she missed the break, then got bottled up in the stretch, finally got a late seam, and flew home to get the win. The only question is the distance, and even if she’s not a two-turn horse in the future, this one-turn mile feels like it’s in her scope.

These races are sure to send a few to the Breeders Cup and both came up pretty fun tests.

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