Bellamy Way (#1) was installed as the slight favorite after registering a career-best 107 speed figure last time out. Despite the fact that he drew the outside post position that day, Kendrick Carmouche was actually able to work out a perfect ground-saving trip. He’s certainly a top contender, but we’re not convinced that he deserves to be a much shorter price than his primary rival posted just to his outside.
Damage Control (#2) was running competitive speed figures as of this past spring, and he has every right to have improved since then with the typical increase in maturity. John Kimmel isn’t really known for winning off long layoffs, but this runner’s talent is undeniable. His speed has been his greatest weapon and he figures to control this race on the front end.
We’re somewhat against Uncle Sigh (#6), who has been inconsistent since returning from the layoff last summer. His first two-turn race of this campaign was his worst to date, and we can’t possible support him off such an effort.
While we will certainly use Bellamy Way and Damage Control, our top pick is MORE ZEN TEA (#3).
After earning a field-high 112 speed figure three races back, things have not gone More Zen Tea’s way in his last two starts. Two back, he was shuffled out of the race at a critical point on the far turn, and then last time his wide post position forced him to make a run from much farther back in the pack than he’d prefer. We feel he’s just as talented as the two aforementioned runners, and he figures to be a much higher price.
EXACTA: 3 with 1,2