Thin Dress (#2) is a deserving favorite as she drops in class for Bill Mott, who gets a 98 trainer rating with horses moving from maiden special weight to maiden claiming company. She didn’t do much running in her debut, but she figures to move forward with that experience under her belt.
We can make a similar case for Stevie the Cat (#9), whose trainer, Tom Proctor, also gets a 98 trainer rating with this move. We could also include Pleasure Cruise (#6), who disappointed last time, but may have needed that race in her first start back since the layoff. She ran very well in her final start of 2015.
We’ll use the aforentioned runners, but our top pick is long shot WEEKEND HOTTIE (#8).
Weekend Hottie has run competitive speed figures at this level and lost all chance last time when she was forced to race four-wide around both turns. Going back to last year, she ran well for this barn on a number of occasions, most notably in her 2015 finale at Aqueduct, when she was a solid third behind the improved Sugar Mags. Weekend Hottie may have needed her first start back from the layoff in April, and she’s better than what she displayed last time.
Exacta Key Box: 8 with 2,6,9