Half of the eight horse field can win, from the inside, out; High Draw (6-1), Dressed To Win (3-1), Positive Prospect (5-2) and Flying Sappho (8-1).
High Draw exploded when she switched to turf last time out, trailing badly throughout, 12th of 12, circled up very wide into the stretch and nailed the leaders on the wire, earning an excellent performance figure, competitive with the best of this group. She’s meeting tougher but Allen Jerkens is 16 percent efficient with horses coming off a maiden win. Javier Castellano rides her back.
Dressed To Win should benefit from her 4-year-old debut, earning a competitive figure, and hails from a barn, Linda Rice’s, that excels with turf sprinters. She finished very willingly, suiting today’s race shape nicely, and Ms. Rice wins at a 20 percent clip with her second-off-a-layup starters. Eibar Coa takes the re-ride on a filly whose best figures have come on the Belmont grass.
Positive Prospect is sharp coming off a recent score and was haltered by the DiPrima barn, 22 percent and profitable with their first starters coming off the claim. She showed a strong late run from far back to win her turf debut, with a good performance figure, but has shown she has the ability to lay closer to the pace if asked. Regular rider Rajiv Maragh retains the mount.
Flying Sappho has competitive back figures, has run well in her third start following a layoff previously, and will benefit from today’s added furlong and promised lively pace. While she lacks a winner’s profile (1-for-18), that win came on this turf course, at this distance. Interesting that Johnny Velazquez sees fit to ride her back.
Taking Dressed To Win at 5-2 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas and trifectas with her main rivals here.
Running Totals: (230) 73-48-26. Total Dollar Return: 451.10 [win selections only]