True Quality (2-1) was much improved to break his maiden--his main track debut--by open lengths. Speed riding C. C. Lopez hustled the third-time starter away from the barrier to secure a clear lead and was never threatened. It was a lifetime best effort but returns on a short 19-day rest.
August Rex (5-2) recovered from a roughed start, stalked a strong pace, and won prolonged stretch duel to win his debut, also earning an excellent figure. He, too, is susceptible to react, however, but he’s had five weeks recovery and has worked twice subsequently. And all the Levine barn has been doing in win of late. Rajiv Maragh retains the mount.
Maragh has been the regular rider of Run With Me but opts off today in favor of the Levine trainee. Does that mean August Rex is better, or that Levine has a stronger barn at the moment than the capable, low profile Tim Ritvo. Run With Me’s last effort was also a lifetime best and he’s back on a short 19-day turnaround here.
But the thinking is that Stewart Elliott will work out a stalking trip behind the speed and the shorter distance should help his closing kick. His figure last time out was so good that he can react adversely and still handle this group. He’s very likely to be fair odds.
Taking Run With Me to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him in exacta boxes with his two speedy rivals here.
Running Totals: (199) 65-43-22. Total Dollar Return $405.60 [win selections only]