Interesting feature to start the NYRA week, the listed Rare Blend Stakes at 1-1/16 miles for fillies and mares which have not won a stakes race at a mile this year. And if there ever was a time for the disappointing Namaste’s Wish (7-2), coupled with the very sharp Remarkable Remy, to break through, today’s the day.

The three-year-old filly never really showed much development this year but has been caught up in a series of unfavorable pace scenarios or bad rides or both. The seven week freshening and switch to Johnny Velazquez should augur well, as she’s coming off a pace decline line with the promise of honest fractions today. Common interest mate Remarkable Remy is very sharp and also with excellent performance figures. The only knock on her is the tough draw.

This race might have some money making potential as there are others that can fill out exotic pool positions. We’re taking Namaste’s Wish to win at 3-1 or greater, keying her first and second in exactas and trifectas with the sharp, well drawn and improving Joyful (12-1), Polar Circle (6-1), our choice’s uncoupled mate who could shake irretrievably loose beneath turf ace Joe Bravo, the very sharp and logical early line favorite, Sea Chanter (3-1), and, in trifectas, underrated Senior Rita Lady (8-1).

Running Totals: (304) 92-62-39 Total Dollar Return: $608.80 [win selections only]