The early line favorite’s next loss at Belmont Park will be her first. Not many horses win four straight on any track but that’s what this Rick Dutrow trained filly has done. She’s accomplished all this at slightly longer distance, obviously gets along well with Cornelio Velasquez and has enough tactical speed to lay close up. But despite turning back in distance, that could nullify her stretch punch some. At least that’s what we’re hoping, at projected short odds. She will be a tough out, obviously.
If the good Pussycat Doll shows up, the rest are running for place money. Her figures at seven furlongs against better rivals earlier this season dwarfs the competition here but she’s one of the few Bob Baffert horses that hasn’t won since shipping East. But in her latest she showed signs of getting back into best form; chasing the pace at 6-½ furlongs and staying fairly well. She should stalk from close range once again and do it more comfortably. She really gets along with Garrett Gomez, who gets back on the filly here after a short absence.
Swap Fliperoo is the quintessential turn-back for Allen Jerkens. She really acts best as a middle-distance sprinter and seven furlongs is perfect for her on best according to her performance figures. Jean-Luc Samyn takes the mount and the veteran still knows when to time his late run. Besides, it’s “the Chief,” right?
Taking the little value available on Pussycat Doll at 2-1 or greater, keying her in exacta boxes with the other two mares.
Running Totals: (123) 43-28-13. Dollar Return: $256.90 [win selections only]