Starship Cruiser (3-1) is the logical favorite. Rick Dutrow trainee suffered through a wide trip in her promising surface debut. Owning tactical speed and an inside draw, Jeffrey Sanchez should secure better position on the re-ride this afternoon. She has cycled back to top form and figures to her ‘A’ race here.
Victorious Dream (7-2) is a rapidly improving four-year-old who improved to a career equally performance off the David Jacobson claim, who enters her back at a higher grade here, certainly a sign of confidence. She has had sufficient recovery time and is poised for another possible forward move. Any improvement allows her to repeat here and a speed-favoring oval could seal that deal.
Tis Cactus Nellie (4-1) makes her first second start off Michael Maker’s claim, following an effort in which she stumbled badly at the start, effectively losing all chance. But she earned extra points in that performance, finishing willingly in a change-of-pace try in the third start of her career, indicating she might be multi-dimensional.
Four-year-old filly gets a switch to Ramon Dominguez, who’s 3-for-6 riding for this outfit, and did we mention that Maker is a profitable 37 percent efficient second time off the claim? Well, he is.
Taking Tis Cactus Nellie to win at 5-2 or greater, keying her first and second in exactas with her main rivals here, extra ticket with Victorious Dream.
Running Totals: (356) 109-72-47 Total Dollar Return: $768.30 [win selections only]