While I think the linemaker has the right favorite, my feeling is that The Prince will be a shorter price at post time. First, he’s faster by a fairly significant margin. Second, he attracts Ramon Dominguez from the pole position.
But Monk’s Creek is more interesting. After breaking his maiden at 5-½ furlongs at the Big A in November, he shipper to Florida with the ‘A’ group of McLaughlin horses and showed significant improvement while moving up in class and distance at 7 furlongs, not easily done.
Now it’s back to New York with a bullet work in the holster for an outfit that’s a profitable 25 percent efficient first time going long. Further, he has a chance to catch up with his main rival figure-wise since he’s had twice as much recovery time and The Prince is coming off a big top.
Taking Monk’s Creek to win at 7-5 or greater and using him on top in exactas with The Prince and Cellar Dweller (4-1), who has competitive figures and two turn experience.
Running Totals: (387) 119-81-52 Total Dollar Return: $826.20 [win selections only]