There’s one word to describe Miss Macy Sue: sweetheart. What else can you say about a filly who’s 10-for-19 lifetime at today’s distance. She’s won over five different racetracks within the past year and won the close-up stalking style that should fit today’s scenario perfectly. The one concern might be her rail draw.
Zada Belle could be anything. She’s as fast as any of these on performance figures, drops a significant five pounds and draws the meet’s leading rider. She’s only had four lifetime starts in three years of racing, suggesting obvious issues, but she’s won three, all in very fast time. Saeed bin Suroor is 30 percent efficient with shippers and Johnny likely will have her in the sweet spot of this race. Talent is a big equalizer when it comes to assessing class, and we’ll know a lot more after today.
Graeme Six, meanwhile, is about getting what you see. Blessed with tactical speed and an outside post, she likes to stalk from close range, has won recently beneath Julien Leparoux, who’s already won two Grade 1s at the meet. Trainer Tom Amoss is batting 32 percent for the season, the best we’ve seen at a major circuit in 2008 this side of Wayne Catalano.
As contentious as this is, we’ll err on the side of Johnny Velazquez to have her correctly positioned in this closely matched field. Taking Zada Belle to win at 2-1 or greater, keying her first and second in exactas and trifectas with her main rivals here.
Running Totals: (243) 76-50-27. Total Dollar Return: $464.50 [win selections only]