We’re most interested in Strummer (5-1), King David (4-1), Scary Bob (10-1) and Please Impress (7-2). Each has a license to run very well here.
Strummer just missed after leading throughout in a $14,000 and was claimed by Oscar Barrera Jr., 20 percent efficient with new acquisitions. In Strummer he has a six-time winner over the track, aforementioned speed, and the ability to stalk from close range, which can prove the difference here.
King David ran almost as fast as these as a late season juvenile/early three year-old before going to the sidelines for nearly a year. With his added maturity from a barn adept with long layups (Linda Rice) and a series of bullet works, he should be ready to fire first time out of the box.
Scary Bob, despite the odds and his level of competition, should have run better than he did last out. But the good news is that the effort certainly didn’t drain any reserves and he’s come back to work very strongly since, a recent bullet half mile also proving 12th best of 154 at the distance for the week at Belmont. Dropping back into a claimer is a 30 percent move for Chris Englehart, who makes a switch to Eddie Castro for this.
And finally there’s Please Impress who was totally eliminated after getting shuffled back in the middle of the pack in a large sprint field on this somewhat narrow oval. He has tactical speed and kick, owns a win over the surface and gets a switch to leading rider Ramon Dominguez for Rick Dutrow whose outfit is 23 percent at the meeting. He projects to get a favorable trip given the dynamics here.
But we’ll stay with good current form and take recent claim Strummer at 4-1 or greater, keying him in exactas and trifectas with his three major rivals here.
Running Totals: (369) 113-73-49 Total Dollar Return: $793.80 [win selections only]