We think it will come down to the two fastest horses on performance figures: Lemons Of Love (3-1) and Callmetony (5-2).
Lemons Of Love has not raced on the local circuit since this time last year. In fact, he’s been on the board in all winter track starts, including a win, and apparently he’s the one that requires handicappers to go well back to find the race that qualifies him for entry here. Making his second start off a freshening, he hasn’t run this cheaply since Dec. ‘06, at least. Consistently faster than this group recently, he’s be coming late under one of the hottest riders in New York, C.C. Lopez, who boasts a (15) 5-3-1 slate in the last week of racing here. The rail post is 22% effective at this meet.
Callmetony should get a good stalking trip if he can break sharply beneath Alan Garcia. He showed improved early speed last out and has the kind of back-figures that easily could contend here. The trick is that fast start, as he’s poisoned in the gate between two sharp speedsters. A tardy break might eliminate the Bruce Levine trainee. His most recent win--actually a three-race win streak--was accomplished while racing at this level. Clearly, he drops into a likely spot.
Taking the little value offered on Lemons Of Love top win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box first and second with Callmetony and Hesogoodwithmoney (6-1).
Running Totals: (174) 62-37-19. Total Dollar Return: $387.20 [win selections only]