Llanita (#8) is the horse to beat once again, but I’m starting to get tired of her. Sure, it’s fair to point out that she was left with too much to do in the late stages last time when trying to close into a race that was wired up front, or that two back she probably could have won if she hadn’t been ridden into traffic in upper stretch. However, the excuses are starting to pile up, and she’s just failing to get the job done.
Most will go to Giovanna Blues (#6) as the alternative. While she lost to a good horse in On Leave, I think the winner had something left in reserve that day, and I’m not sure there was much behind her in what was otherwise a weak maiden heat. I actually prefer another horse out of Llanita’s last race.
STREET STRUT (#3), who was making her debut, actually put in a deceptively good effort while never threatening for a major award. She was off slowly and never able to get over to the inside at any point in the race. She encountered some traffic in upper stretch, and was actually finishing strongly when clear late in a race that didn’t set up for her. Provided that she breaks better this time, I believe she’s going to show more speed under Joel Rosario.
Exacta Key Box: 3 with 6,8