This Heavenly Prize is one of the most fascinating races on the card, as you can make a valid case for any of the seven entrants. There’s no disputing that Divine Miss Grey (#3) is a deserving favorite off the strength of her stellar 2018 campaign. She won five races, all of them stakes, including her first graded stakes triumph, and she is the defending champion in this race. While she’s most dangerous when she can make the lead, Manny Franco would be perfectly content to stalk Sower in the early going. A mile is her best distance, and a wet track only helps. I just think she is going to be very difficult for this field to handle.
A couple of horses exit the Ladies Handicap in January. While Forever Liesl (#2) ran down Sara Street (#6) that day, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the latter filly turn the tables. Forever Liesl was suited to the longer distance of the Ladies, whereas Sara Street should appreciate the cutback to a one-turn mile.
I’d use all of them in some capacity, but I’m taking a shot with MIDNIGHT DISGUISE (#5). I am a fan of this massive filly, and there’s a logical case to be made for her. She had gotten very good last winter while racing into fitness and seemed to ultimately be best in one-turn races. Her Busher score would still make her a player in here, and it’s likely that she has improved since then with another year to mature. Some may have been disappointed by her return effort, but she actually ran very well that day. Feb. 10 was yet another day on the main track when horses who raced inside dominated, and Midnight Disguise raced widest of all. All things considered, she actually did well to get up for second. She’s going to need to step forward this time, and the wet track is a concern, but this filly is an overachiever, and I think she has it in her.
Exacta Key Box: 5 with 2,3,4,6
Trifecta: 3,5 with 3,5 with ALL