We’ve seen many of the progeny of D’Funnybone take to the turf, and D’ELOQUENT (#3) was no exception, as he ran better than it appears in his lone grass start. The pace of that race was slow (color-coded in blue), and D’Eloquent was unwisely rated despite the fact that he was projected to be up on the lead in that race. He actually did well to nearly get up for second in a race that was won wire to wire. His connections tried to get him back on the grass in two straight races, but both were rained off the turf. Today, I expect John Velazquez to have him forwardly placed (the Pace Projector is predicting he’ll be on the lead).
I prefer him to Uncle Chester (#5), who has run well on occasion but has also had his fair share of chances at this level and didn’t actually run any better than D’Eloquent the only time that they met on turf. Whatstotalkabout (#10) might be more dangerous, but I wonder if even seven furlongs is a bit far for him considering the way he seemed to hang late in his start at this distance in June. Given a bigger price, I’d also throw Captain Kitt (#1) into my exactas. He showed some ability on turf last year and may have needed his return race.
Exacta Key Box: 3 with 1,5,10