The two second-time starters in this race are likely to attract the most attention. White Hart Lane (#1) put forth a decent effort in her debut for poor first-out trainer Michelle Nevin and does figure to improve second time out. However, we prefer Appealing Maggie (#3), who had legitimate trouble in her first start for Mike Hushion, who gets a stellar 100 trainer rating with second-time starters. After breaking slowly and getting squeezed back at the start, she was way behind the field early and had to do some running to catch up by the time they hit the far turn. She loomed briefly at the top of the stretch but flattened out. The only potential knock against her could be the price, since Mike Hushion is a popular trainer on this circuit, and everyone is aware of that second-time-out stat.
For that reason, we’ll take a small shot against her with MALIBU STACY (#5), who just didn’t get the right trip last time.
She was only moderately affected by the bumping at the start, but was ridden into traffic in the opening stages, had to tap on the breaks, and was basically playing catch-up for the entire race. All things considered, she actually put in a decent stretch run, which was something she hadn’t shown herself to be capable of doing before. This time, there isn’t that much confirmed speed signed on, so it’s possible that she could find herself on the lead. If Malibu Stacy runs back to her 97 speed figure effort at Keeneland three back, they’re going to have to do some running to beat her.
Win bet on 5, Exacta: 5 with 1,3