We are interested in both of the horses that exit less-than-ideal trips behind Gorelli in that March 17 maiden race. Noon Monsoon (#4) was pretty green while making his first start. He was off slowly, moved up in traffic, and then had to briefly steady while altering course in the stretch. He has plenty of upside, but so does The J Y (#6), who may have run even better that day after going four-wide all the way around the far turn.
Wine Not (#2) also figures to attract his fair share of support as he turns back to a sprint distance after two failed attempts, at short prices, going longer. After all, he did almost get up to win his sprint debut and ran much better than the 71 speed figure would suggest. That said, he’s a closer in a race that does not feature a significant amount of early speed, so he needs to work out a trip.
All of these runners will be on our tickets, but our top pick is the second-time starter on the outside, BEDSIDE BLUES (#8).
Bill Mott gets only a 42 trainer rating with first-time starters, but that climbs to an 84 rating with second-time starters. Going two turns in his first start is tough on any youngster, and Bedside Blues just got tired late after racing a bit greenly and never changing leads in the stretch. He’s bred to be more of a sprinter, since he’s out of a dam that won a stakes at six furlongs and is a half-brother to Ava K., a multiple stakes-winning sprinter, as well as Skyway, a G2-winning sprinter. Junior Alvarado figures to have him placed fairly close to the pace today, and we believe we’re going to see an improved effort out of him.