While I’ve been waiting for Whitmore (#1) to finally get turned back in distance, since I do believe he’s cut out to be best around one turn, there is the question of whether he’ll need a race off the 210 day break. Ron Moquett gets just a 29 trainer rating with horses returning from layoffs of this type.
That said, there is one long shot that I think could sneak into the mix.
JAN’S RESERVE (#5) returned from a lengthy layoff on the turf last time, and was badly compromised by an unfavorable pace scenario. That feels as if it was merely a prep as he now switches back to his best surface. This horse was very impressive when winning the King’s Swan last year in fast time, and even gave a good account of himself when closing behind King Kranz in his next start. With routine improvement as a three-year-old, he could complete the exacta or trifecta, and might even be able to challenge for the win.
Exacta Box: 1-5
Trifecta: 1, 5 with 1,5 with ALL
Trifecta: 1,5 with ALL with 1, 5