This N1X allowance race only drew 7 runners, but it features several horses who appear to be quite promising. Leading that list is Linny Kate (#1), who won her debut for Chad Brown back in February at Gulfstream. She appeared to be idling once peeled out to make her run in upper stretch, but she really kicked in to top gear in the last sixteenth. The filly she defeated, Mimina’s Team, returned to win, validating that performance. She obviously has a layoff to contend with, as do many in here, but she’s a major player.
I could also use fellow Gulfstream maiden winner Lashara (#3), who significantly improved in her turf debut. I’m not sure if she was beating a field of much quality that day, but she looked good doing it. Yet I’m intrigued by a couple of others drawn towards the outside.
One of those is impressive debut winner Stolen Holiday (#7), who won at Tampa. She got a relatively soft trip that day, setting a comfortable pace before drawing off with authority in the lane. That was not a strong field behind her, but she did it the right way and she certainly has the pedigree to suggest she can improve with experience. This dam has been exceptional, producing three Grade or Group 1 turf winners, Minorette, Master of Hounds, and Eishin Apollon. The only problem is that she’s probably going to be among the favorites.
I believe we’ll get a slightly better price on the other horse that interests me, LOGIC N REASON (#6). This filly ran deceptively well in her first couple of starts, as she had trouble in her debut and then was unfortunate to catch the talented Alms in her second start. She put everything together last October when she dominated a 7-furlong maiden event in fast time, earning a field-best 103 TimeformUS Speed Figure for that victory. I’ll throw out her juvenile finale on dirt, and now she tries a route on turf for the first time. She’s certainly bred to handle a route distance and she’s getting Lasix for the first time. Furthermore, Christophe Clement’s horses have been performing very well so far at this Belmont meet.
Exacta Key Box: 6 with 1,3,7
Trifecta: 6 with 1,3,7 with 1,2,3,5,7