This race revolves around one’s opinion of the likely favorite, Maleeh (#4). The fragile son of Indian Charlie hasn’t actually won a race in nearly three years, but he has run well when he’s made appearances in the afternoon. The last time he faced the starter, 11 months ago, he probably should have won, but he was stymied in traffic for the entire stretch run. Kiaran McLaughlin does very well with layoff runners like this one, so we have to use him, but we don’t expect to get much value.
Monty Haul (#1) is an admirable runner, having finished in the money in 23 of 29 lifetime starts. From a class and speed figure perspective, he stacks up well against this field. However, he’s never made a start in New York, and we’re sometimes wary of horses whose success has been tied to other venues. We also wonder where he’s been for the 110 days since he was claimed by Steve Klesaris.
Eighty Three (#5) is stepping up in class after decent efforts out of town. He has never run a bad race, but his speed figures are a cut below what the top contenders have been running, and he will have to bring his very best effort to contend for top honors.
The horse that we’re most interested in is ANGRY MOON (#6).
There isn’t a ton of speed in this race, so we expect an aggressive Kendrick Carmouche to send this runner to the front from his outside post position.
He earned a respectable 109 speed figure employing those tactics two back, and then lost all chance when he hopped at the start last time. All things considered, he actually did well to stay on as well as he did in the stretch after racing four-wide around the turn. We like the confident placement by Chris Englehart, who gives him another shot at this level and doesn’t offer him up for a tag.