The most accomplished and fastest females in here are either all long on early pace or returning from lengthy layups. Unlike yesterday’s feature, it is unlikely that any of the better fillies will shake loose on an uncontested lead the way Tom Albertrani’s filly did yesterday beneath Alan Garcia, who has this knack of stealing paceless grass stakes.
Rather than try to guess how the pace scenario will shake out, we’ll take a price filly in here who could sit a good ground-saving trip behind the speed and then kick, as she’s shown no need to carry a preferred surface around with her. She acts on any ground.
Chances are that Latitude Forty is 12-1 on the early line because she seems a poor match on class lines--but not on performance figures. Further, she loves today’s conditions, having won three of her four lifetime scores on Belmont grass and half her four starts at today’s distance. Trainer John Hertler is coming alive at the current meet and is a profitable 15 percent in his career in non-graded stakes. Second off a layup, she never had a chance in her season’s debut, trapped on the fence at every critical stage.
Taking Latitude Forty to win and place at 10-1 or greater.
Running Totals: (215) 69-46-24. Total Dollar Return: $427.30 [win selections only]