Geaux Mets (#1) has run the fastest races and comes into this having already beaten a field at this level last time out. He did rebound nicely in that most recent win, after an ill-advised decision by his rider likely cost him a runner-up finish two back. That said, it’s not exactly a sign of confidence that Rudy Rodriguez keeps him at this $25,000 level despite his seemingly superior performances.
Geaux Mets is a deserving favorite, but we still want to take a small shot against him with BASS RIVER ROAD (#6).
Bass River Road has handled wet tracks in the past and ran slightly better than it appears last time. That day, Jeter made a crazy middle move to challenge for the lead around the three-eighths pole, forcing Bass River Road to accelerate and run a fast half-mile fraction (color-coded in red), which may have ultimately cost him the win. Bass River Road has handled wet tracks in the past, and he figures to be placed fairly close to the pace in a situation favoring horses on or near the lead.
We’ll focus on the aforementioned two runners, but there are a few other horses that we want to consider using underneath in trifectas: Curious Cal (#7) put in a decent effort off the layoff last time and should appreciate this slight drop in class. Jeter (#5) gets a subtly positive rider switch after his eventful trip last time. Wildniteattheopera (#8) has been steadily improving in recent starts while stepping up in class. He has excelled over wet tracks in the past. That has not been the case for Comandante (#10), whom we’re slightly against at a short price but who nevertheless has to be used.
1,6 with 1,6 with 5,7,8,10
6 with 5,7,8 with 1,5,7,8,10