Visionaire (5-2) came into his own at Saratoga, winning the King’s Bishop with an impossible late run, and he’s won both his starts going eight furlongs, and both races under Alan Garcia. And note that Michael Matz is 33 percent efficient with repeaters, profitable despite 171 starters.
Don’t know why I can’t let Tale of Ekati (9-2) go, but he always gives you a reason to consider him again. Like today, when acknowledging his best lifetime effort came on this surface. And one mile should hit him right between the eye. Maybe the switch to an aggressive Cornelio Velasquez might wake him up.
But Harlem Rocker (2-1) seems more brilliant that all of them, is 2-for-2 at the distance, both one-turn affairs, including the G2 Withers. Interesting to note that Eibar Coa could have gone in a couple different directions but landed right here for Todd Pletcher, who’s given the colts six weeks freshening since his wide-trip go in the Travers. He’ll probably get first run on Da’ Tara, the controlling speed who probably wants more distance.
We’ll take Visionaire to make the last run at 5-2 or greater, keying him first and second in exactas with his main rivals here.
Running Totals: (287) 86-61-33 Total Dollar Return: $515.80 [win selections only]