I’m not enamored of any of the runners that are likely to attract a significant amount of tote board support in this race. Just Been Jammin (#5) has run races that would beat this field but is plagued by inconsistency, Mr. Neetie (#7) has given no indication that he wants to go this far, and Otto (#10) has been green in his races and comes off a disappointing effort at this level.
For that reason, I’m going with an alternative, and that’s BILLSPERFECTSTORM (#4).
I know that his speed figures are on the slow side, but he actually ran fine in his second start, one of the few times that his rider was able to place him towards the front of the pack early. In his first start off the lengthy layoff last time, he just never got into a race that was dominated on the front end by a horse that set an extremely slow pace. I love the rider switch to Jose Ortiz, and Gary Gullo gets an 87 trainer rating with horses making their second starts out of his barn after a trainer switch.
Exacta Key Box: 4 with 5,7,9,10