What bettors need to ask themselves is if they will get the same effort from recent Stuyvesant winner Dry Martini (8-5). The answer is unlikely.
Will Billy Turner’s five-year-old get the same tiring wet conditions over which he won that recent Grade 3 on the main oval. Is he capable of running back to that performance figure? Also unlikely, and at a short price.
And what about Researcher (5-2)? Is he as good as his recent Equiform figures indicate? Empirically, no. Figures earned at Mountaineer and Charles Town don’t usually translate with shifts to a major circuit. It might be the winter track but it’s still New York.
What we like about Sir Whimsey (7-2) is the fact that he handles any kind of footing, has won on this surface, makes his second start in the Asmussen barn--always a good percentage, profitable play--earned his best figure at today’s 9-½ furlong distance, and gets a rider switch to Ramon Dominguez. Despite the short field, two of his rivals should ensure an honest pace for the distance.
Taking Sir Whimsey at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in trifectas (if available) with his two rivals here.
Running Totals: (326) 98-67-44. Total Dollar Return: $686.90 [win selections only]