It was a great Travers Day at Saratoga. I can’t say I expected to see West Coast go wire to wire but he ran huge (and earned a 108 Beyer in the process).
The three-year olds this year continue to beat up on each other. Gunnevera ran a massive race, making a huge wide move, and for a few strides, it looked like he was going to go by West Coast. That was, by far, the best race he’s ever run. Our pick, Cloud Computing, had nothing and was asked a bit even early on the far turn.
Today at Monmouth, is Jersey-bred day, with 12 races for New Jersey-bred runners. Let’s take a look at a few spots.
Race 7 – This is a contentious J-bred allowance race that should feature a pretty solid pace. #4 Greed Is Good (8-1) got caught in a slow-paced race last time and was stuck chasing wide. #11 R Jolley Dreamer (6-1) was in that race and rallied up the inside but he probably has more room to improve, going second-off-the-claim for Jorge Navarro.
Race 8 – This is a very tough race and we’ll try #10 Bubba Chub (6-1). In a race where many of the contenders have had many chances, Bubba Chub has run just once on turf, where he was even fourth against $14,000 claimers. The second and third place finishers from that race came back to run 1-2 and both improved their Beyer figures. Bubba Chub will have to improve but he only has seven career starts and just one on grass, so that is definitely possible.
Race 9 – Eleven North Handicap – Jersey-bred fillies are going six furlongs and #7 It’s the Truth (6-1) is the horse we’re most excited about betting on this card. Her lone start against J-breds this year was on May 20th when she bobbled at the start and stalked a slow pace and Julia Chubouli wired the field. She faced much tougher two-back against open-company three-other-than runners and got a perfect prep for this when winning an allowance race going long at Delaware. In there, she pressed a pace from a pace rival that finished last and held off two rallyers. She turns back and should get a good trip stalking the pace from up close.
Race 11 – Hesse Handicap – This 8.5 furlong race is highlighted by #6 Chubilicious (2-1), who is the top Jersey-bred sprinter but hasn’t gone a route of ground in two years. He can obviously win but he’s worth opposing at a short price. #7 Fuzzy Muzzle (7-2) is logical alternative as he goes turf to dirt for trainer Jason Servis. The horse we’ll try, however, is #9 Diamond Play (8-1). The post isn’t great, but he should be able to get a good stalking trip behind a few of the speeds. Anthony Margotta is having a great meet, and Diamond Play has improved as he makes his fourth start off the layoff. Diamond Play’s first race of the year was a prep, something in his route race at Parx went wrong, but he showed he’s in good form with his turf win last time.