The event drew but six entrants but is fairly competitive with three fillies looming strong contenders. From the rail, out: Criminologist (7-2), Mo Cuishle (3-1) and Amansara, the 2-1 early line choice.
Amansara is deserving. Following a preliminary allowance score, the four-year-old War Chant filly has been keeping stakes company, including a good third in the Grade 3 Frances Genter. Her effort in the restricted De La Rose on this course was first rate. It was her first start at four and after gaining the lead, tired in the final strides as if short of condition. Sure to benefit, George Weaver makes a switch to Ramon Dominguez, who’s been riding both Spa courses extremely well. Amansara is 1-for-1 at today’s trip.
Mo Cuishle comes out of the same race as the favorite and had the tougher trip. While Amansara saved ground, Mo Cuishle circled widest from well back in the pack and finished strongly, beaten a half length for the win, a half length behind the favorite. While Amansara figures to improve, this filly doesn’t figure to be as unlucky given the shorter field. Barclay Tagg has drilled this filly three times since that Aug. 1 route, including a very sharp half mile on Aug. 23. Eibar Coa retains the mount.
Criminologist was well backed in her course debut Aug. 9 and didn’t disappoint. She overcame a poor start and finished strongly to win a photo in a very game performance. Her pedigree says the added sixteenth is well within her scope and the suddenly hot Edgar Prado takes the re-ride for Shug McGaughey.
At the distance, Amansara rates the call narrowly to win, at 8-5 or greater, making an exacta box with Mo Cuishle and a trifecta part wheel using both fillies first and second, adding Criminologist to the mix for second and third.
Running Totals: (91) 38-20-11. Dollar Return: $225.00 [win selections only]