I don’t usually strongly endorse favorites, but I believe ELEKTRONIC (#4) will be very tough to beat. This lightly raced 3-year-old is hardly a standout in terms of speed figures, but you get the feeling that the best is yet to come. Linda Rice’s runners almost always need a start first out, and he showed improvement, which is typical of this barn, in his second start. Elektronic stepped up to handle winners last time, and the manner in which he won belies the final margin. He was always in control of that race, flicking his ears back and forth as he brushed off Veteran’s Beach in deep stretch. This colt is bred to be special as a son of the 13-time turf winner Karakorum Elektra, and he has the tactical speed to work out a favorable trip. Notably, Jose Lezcano rode all three of this race’s top choices in their prior starts yet sticks with this colt.
The main alternative is Rice’s other runner, Fast Getaway (#7). He dominated an overmatched group upon his return at Aqueduct, but he was supposed to win as the favorite last time. He is honest and reliable, but I get the sense that we’ve already seen his best, whereas Elektronic is clearly on the rise.
The other horse to consider is Mango M (#1). This 4-year-old gelding finally broke through his N1X allowance condition last time after failing at short prices on a number of occasions last year. That was a relatively soft race for the level, and this one is considerably tougher due to the presence of the two Rice entrants. Turning back to seven furlongs should not pose a problem considering how well he ran going six furlongs last June. I find the other two to be more appealing though.
Exacta Key Box: 4 with 1,2,7
Trifecta: 4 with 1,7 with 1,2,3,7