Winner of the Grade 1 Cigar Mile last year, among other high profile events, Daaher was a rank disappointment in the G1 Donn, his season’s debut. This spot is a whole lot easier.
But which Daaher shows up, the one from the Cigar Mile or the one from the Donn. Do we really want to find out at 2-5?
Temporary Saint (6-1) is interesting. Claimed by the powerful Maggi Moss barn for $50,000, he was shipped to New York, given to trainer Bruce Levine, and responded with an open lengths, up-in-class, good-figure score. His stalking style should put him in hailing distance of the favorite throughout. Depending on which Daaher shows up will determine if that’s a good position or not. If it’s the Daaher from the Donn, this would be a good thing for Temporary Saint. Dropping seven pounds after toting 120 last out is another benefit.
The lone remaining plausible contender is the redoubtable 10-year-old Evening Attire, who won this race last year. Today’s added distance helps this old guy and if the pace is suicidal and Daaher’s not his old self, Pat Kelly’s veteran could get it done. Admittedly, that’s a lot of if’s.
Taking Temporary Saint to win at early line odds, and keying him first and second in exactas with his main contenders here.
Running Totals: (183) 64-38-21. Total Dollar Return: $401.80 [win selections only]