Further, there's a classy returnee off a long layoff--but in for a tag--and a second off-the-layup starter that may or may not be poised for a forward move. In short, it’s a very tricky read from top to bottom.
We’ll take a brief look at half the field, from the rail, out: Bill Place (3-1), Whistlin’ (2-1), Trophy Road (8-1) and Silver Light (6-1)
Bill Place was very good at this time last year. He won the Winkfield, was second in the Caposella then won the G3 Bay Shore. But after a layup, he returned in a $100,000 claimer and has been on the sidelines since. Now that he’s back for $50,000 tag for Tony Dutrow and Dominguez, it seems like the barn has given up on him. That, or they’re taking their best shot. Guessing is not a reliable way to riches in this game.
Whistlin’ reacted to his big figure two back coming back on short rest last time out. He’s back here quickly again but has had this added time since his top effort to recover. Gary Contessa, of course, wins with everything, but the bad news is that there’s sufficient gas to insure no easy lead for this speedster.
Trophy Road looks like he was a very good claim by David Jacobson in his New York debut and came back to run well since, a game placing after setting a strong pace. He, too, has early speed, but with excellent turn times, he might leave the other speeds gasping. His early line odds are generous.
Silver Light is not quite as fast as some of his rivals here but is on a good line and has the proper off the pace style to fit today’s race shape. Steve Asmussen, winning everywhere, is 30 percent locally and has latched on to Stewart Elliott to do a lot of riding for the stable recently. His odds also seem generous.
We’ll take Trophy Road to win at 5-1 or greater and key him in all trifecta money positions with his major rivals here.
Running Totals: (181) 62-38-21. Total Dollar Return: $387.20 [win selections only]