The white hot Anthony Dutrow, 4 for his last 11 starters, 3 for his last five with Alan Garcia, will send out an entry (3-1) with Garcia named on both, meaning only one will start. And either Indian Hawke or Three In The Bag could win. The former would represent a bounce-rebound since his rapid effort two starts back took its toll. It is among the fastest performance figures in the race. If Dutrow elects to start Three In The Bag, that runner would be seeking its fourth win in seven career starts over the winter surface.
Perfect Vow is the early line favorite at 5-2. Trained by Dan Peitz, this is a very well regarded three-year-old who was expected to join the Triple Crown chase earlier this year until he was sidelined. But he returned with a vengeance on Nov. 2 in a main track sprint. But he has run well going longer on this surface and has twice worked in 59-and-change twice since his return. Peitz has chosen a realistic spot here for continued development. Of the three betting interests under consideration, he would be the most likely to be a post-time underlay.
Stolen Time (7-2) is as consistent as they come, which is the good and bad news. He runs competitive figures nearly every time he shows up. But sometimes he gets there and sometimes does not. He likes this surface, though, has enough tactical speed to jump into the race, an inside post, and a rider, Ramon Dominguez, who is known for his ground saving prowess. Of the three, he is the most likely value in this interesting two-turner.
Taking Stolen Time to win at 3-1 or greater and as an exacta and trifecta key first and second with the two contenders noted here.
Running Totals: (141) 51-30-16. Total Dollar Return: $297.80 [win selections only]