The Correction drew an incredibly deep field of sprinters for a listed stakes in late winter. The Pace Projector is no longer predicting a fast pace with the scratch of two speeds, but the early tempo still figures to be honest with horses like Spice Lady, Summer Reading, and Bluegrass Flag in the mix. The two runners likely to vie for favoritism are drawn towards the middle of the pack, and they both possess running styles that are well suited to the projected race flow.
Startwithsilver (#6) looks like the one that will garner the most attention following a pair of eye-catching victories earlier this winter. She made an unbelievable run from out of the clouds to win on Jan. 25 before pulling off a similar feat from closer range in the Broadway last time out. While she beat stakes company that day, this race came up significantly tougher. I respect her, but I think the value will lie elsewhere.
Her main rival Quezon (#5) has run just as fast and figures to go off at a better price. She doesn’t have to rally from as far back as Startwithsilver and has already proven she belongs at this level. In my opinion, she’s the horse to beat.
Yet I’m taking a shot against both of them with SOUNDS DELICIOUS (#3). I know that even her best efforts are a bit slower than the aforementioned two, but she’s been very impressive in her races. She should have won two back in her first start off the layoff after getting mildly herded in the lane. Then last time she utterly dominated an overmatched field while geared down late. She doesn’t need the lead, and is capable of finishing off her races nearly as fast as some of the closers. I’m giving her the nod for the mild upset, but she’s going to need a career best effort.
Exacta Key Box: 3 with 5,6,9
Trifecta: 3 with 5,6 with 5,6,7,8,9