Possible favorite I’llhandalthecash (#8) has been in great form since returning from the layoff in May. She was flattered when today’s rival Honey I’m Good came back out of that September defeat at the hands of this filly to win next time. Any questions about her stamina were erased when she ran so well going 7 furlongs on Oct. 24, only just getting run down by the talented Rose Flower after stalking a slow pace. This 6- furlong trip seems to be right up her alley and it’s encouraging that top turf sprint rider Rosario takes over the reins. I’m using her prominently and slightly prefer her to Honey I’m Good (#5).
The Asmussen filly has done little wrong in her career, performing quite well in all four sprint starts, two on dirt and two on turf. She has transformed into a grass sprinter since returning this summer, most recently breaking through at the N1X level. A repeat of that performance would make her quite formidable, but she is stepping up in class and she may have to deal with other speed here.
Albertville (#6) is another one to consider, as she is finally pairing up efforts after needing plenty of rest prior to both of her previous starts for the Clement barn. She was no match for stakes foes in her U.S. debut but fared better when dropped to this level last time, closing well to be second, ahead of today’s rival Miss Mystique (#4). This barn has been on a roll through the fall months at NYRA, so she should taken seriously once again.
My top pick is GETMOTHERAROSE (#7), who lost as the favorite behind I’llhandalthecash in that Oct. 24 event. Everything was coming together for this overachieving filly prior to that last start. She had won 3 of 4 outings from June through September while steadily climbing the class ladder. She moved up to this level last time, but unfortunately little went right that day as she got into trouble soon after the start and was always in traffic, stymied for essentially the entire stretch run. It’s difficult to say where she would have finished given a clean trip, but it certainly would have been better than her sixth-place result. It’s best to assess her on her prior form, and a repeat of her impressive victory in September would make her pretty formidable against this group.
Exacta Key Box: 7 with 4,5,6,8
Trifecta: 7 with 4,6,8 with 1,4,5,6,8