There are some intriguing first-time starters to consider in this wide-open maiden special weight for New York-breds, including Makingcents (#3), a daughter of stakes winner Mischief Maker for the powerful Jeremiah Englehart barn. However, I want to primarily focus on those with experience.
The horse to beat is probably New York Supreme (#5), who did everything but get her nose down on the wire in her initial start in November. She actually broke a step slowly in that 12-horse field but showed good speed thereafter to lead through swift opening fractions. She appeared to have opened up an insurmountable advantage past mid-stretch, but those early exertions took their toll in the final sixteenth. The slight cutback to six furlongs figures to suit her, but I wonder if last time was the right time for her, as she was apparently cranked up for her debut.
I’m actually interested in a different horse out of that race. BANKERS DAUGHTER (#9) didn’t attract as much tote support as New York Supreme, but she actually ran fairly well to be fourth. Breaking from the outside post position, she advanced into contention on the turn and briefly loomed a threat before she got to lugging in through the lane. The addition of blinkers should help straighten her out for a barn that isn’t known for getting horses to win early. Though, Mike Miceli is having a fantastic season and I think this daughter of Central Banker can take a step forward.
I would also use Dancing Kiki, who improved second time out when second to the promising Playtone. She gets a rider upgrade to Joel Rosario, though I wonder if that’s a product of Dylan Davis electing to ride Bankers Daughter instead. I prefer those runners to Aubrey Tate, who has had her chances at short prices and is stepping up to meet a tougher field here.
Exacta Key Box: 9 with 3,4,5,7
Trifecta: 9 with 3,5,7 with 2,3,4,5,7