There’s no question that Rite Moment is the fastest horses on performance figures, but she has no form at the distance. I realize that a mile and 70 is not that far to stretch, but why find out at a short price? The interesting fillies in here are Street Bird (3-1), Bartola (7-2) and Devil House (9-2).
Street Bird brings a two-race win streak into this and is a four-time winner at the distance with a very worthy 3-for-4 slate on this surface. Speed, the pole, Tony Dutrow are other variables in her favor. But she can rate from close range and that could make all he difference this afternoon.
Bartola is the dark horse here. If class means anything, and it does, she should be the early line choice given that she was a Group 1 winner in her native Argentina. She’s won half her eight lifetime starts but hasn’t run since getting an awful trip against colts in the Group 2 United Emirates Derby last year in Dubai. She makes her U.S. debut for Steve Asmussen off a Gulfstream Park workline and gets Lasix for the first time. As the racetrackers say, she could be any kind.
Devil House might fall between the parimutuel cracks, even if she does hail from the white hot barn of Bruce Levine. She prepped for this by winning an overnight sprint stakes in her winter track debut and has won going two turns. She’s been working bullets for the stretch-out here and C.C. Lopez rides her back off her recent score.
Taking Street Bird to win at early line odds or greater, and keying her first and second in trifectas with her three principal rivals here.
Running Totals: (186) 64-41-21. Total Dollar Return: $401.80 [win selections only]