Thursday’s TimeformUS Highlight Horse: Blind Ambition can rebound on the turnback

Belmont | Race 8 | Post Time 4:46 p.m. (ET) | Go to the FREE TimeformUS PPs
 
You have to respect Undrafted (#3), who takes a needed class drop into this allowance race after facing some of the best turf sprinters in the country through the spring and summer. On his best day, he would easily beat a field like this, but it’s fair to say that he’s probably lost a step in recent seasons. He’s still the horse to beat, but I think he’s facing an up-and-coming 3-year-old who could give him a real challenge.
 
 
BLIND AMBITION (#4) did well to win the Quick Call two back at Saratoga despite the 5 1/2-furlong distance being a bit short for him. He was bet down to even-money when stretched out to a mile last time, and things just didn’t work out. He got involved in a taxing, contested pace battle in a race that ultimately fell apart in the late stages. I like him getting back to a one-turn race, and he should be able to relax into a stalking trip this time behind speeds like Angry Moon and Chief Lion.
 
At a slightly larger price, I also want to include Take Cover (#5), who has been off form in recent races, but has back efforts that would put him right in the mix.
 
THE PLAY
 
Win: 4
Exacta Key Box: 4 with 1,3,5
Trifecta: 4 with 3,5 with ALL
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