Juvenile filly champion Indian Blessing (3-5), fresh from a rapid victory in the G1 Prioress at Belmont, will attempt stretch her speed another furlong. Considering she’s already won at seven-eighths and broke her maiden by a short pole first time out at Saratoga last year, not much mystery remains here. I can’t beat her and won’t try, which leaves the exacta pool.
We’ll look at two possibilities here, hoping to optimize the odds. Sweet Hope is coming off a huge top and is 5-2 in the early line; worth beating. Tequilas Dayjur (15-1) is a late developer who was a game second in a 7-furlong Grade 3 over Arlington’s Polytrack last out. Suited by a likely hot pace, a ground saving trip beneath new rider Edgar Prado makes her interesting. Also worth using is Palanka City (8-1), training up a storm for Barclay Tagg, who’s a worthy 35 percent given that scenario. Eibar Coa rides.
Taking Indian Blessing, no price restrictions, in exactas over Tequilas Dayjur and Palanka City.
Running Totals: (244) 76-51-27. Total Dollar Return: $464.50 [win selections only]