There is quite a bit of speed signed on for this race, led by recent maiden winner Animal Posse (#11). The Pace Projector is predicting a fast pace, which could help set things up for a closer. We could use the reliable Black Tide (#3), but we’re more interested in two lightly raced options.
Now that he’s drawn in off the also-eligible list, we have to include Whiskey Seven (#13). We acknowledge that this horse got a very hot pace to close into in his debut, but he could face a similar scenario here. He made an eye-catching late run that day and has a right to keep improving as a half-brother to Princess Violet.
However, the horse that we’re most interested in betting is TIMBER (#5), who makes his turf debut.
This guy showed some potential in his debut, but has struggled in two starts against winners. We think this surface switch could wake him up, since he is a half-brother to Grade 1-placed turf sprinter Green Mask. His running style fits this race well, and we think he can make an impact here at a generous price. Joe Orseno, a 57-rated overall trainer, gets a 71 trainer rating with his turf sprinters.
Exacta Key Box: 5 with 1,2,3,13