Tamburro’s Sox (#3) is the one to beat after just missing at this level in each of his last two starts. However, he was 21-1 two back, 6-1 last time, and now he’s likely to be the favorite. He can obviously win, but I think this is a more interesting field than the one he encountered last time and now he has to deal with the early speed of Tough Workout (#5). I strongly prefer Tamburro’s Sox of those two speeds, but I think there are others to consider.
Remembermom (#4) is an intriguing runner as he, for all intents and purposes, makes his first off the claim for Pat Reynolds. He technically participated last time, but dropped his rider coming out of the starting gate. He ran a big speed figure back in October at Belmont and then disappointed when wheeled back 9 days later. He can improve for Reynolds, but has to prove that he’s as effective sprinting.
I’m going in a different direction with FORESTWOOD LANE (#7). This horse sprinted once in his career debut and ran better than it appears. He had some brief speed between horses but then dropped back greenly on the backstretch. He lost some interest, but was running on well through traffic late. They stretched him out after that and he was against track biases twice in a row. He was wide against strong rail biases on both Jan. 2 and Jan. 22, and actually ran pretty well two back. I don’t mind the turnback for him, and he could get some pace to close into with those two aforementioned speeds drawn to his inside.
Exacta Key Box: 7 with 3,4,9,10
Trifecta: 7 with 3,4 with 3,4,5,9,10