Seymourdini (#9) was installed as the morning-line favorite, and he’s certainly the most intriguing runner in this Grade 3 Bold Ruler field. He’s been untouchable so far in 2017, winning all of his starts by double-digit margins. However, he’s coming off a significant layoff and this is his toughest test yet. Furthermore, Linda Rice has only gotten four published workouts into him since early September, and she’s stated that seven furlongs is not an ideal distance. I think this is the right time to play against him.
The two runners that I fear most are Stallwalkin’ Dude (#7) and Divining Rod (#11). However, the seven-furlong distance may be a little problematic for both of them. Stallwalkin’ Dude is better going a bit shorter and Divining Rod probably needs at least a mile to show his best.
I think this race could open up to some of the bigger prices, and the one that I want is TALE OF S’AVALL (#1).
I’ve always been fond of Tale of S’avall, and I think he’s finally stepping up his game now as a 4-year-old. While he was riding a strong rail at Saratoga two back, he nevertheless managed to notch his second career win at today’s distance, and did so in fast time. Then last time, I thought he ran pretty well in the Grade 1 Forego, as the only horse that took a run at Drefong before just getting passed for third in the final strides. He’s a horse that doesn’t mind making inside runs, as he’s shown in two of his four career wins, so I actually like this rail post position for him.
Exacta Key Box: 1 with 6,7,9,10,11