Sugar Shake has speed and the pole but is highly likely to be shadowed by Teammate (6-1), the pressured pacesetter in the Go for Wand, and Indian Vale (2-1), who appeared to dislike the Delaware Park surface and finished uncharacteristically poorly.
These two pressers look ready to run their races again, especially Indian Vale, who’s been briefly freshened, is training very well, and is undefeated in two starts over this racetrack. Should these three fillies hook up prematurely in anything resembling a pace duel, it sets the table nicely for the other Pletcher, the other Jerkens.
Miss Shop (5-1) finished well too late, second in the Go for Wand. At two turn distances she’s been very professional and benefits from a strong early pace. But the now filly is Unbridled Belle (5-2), a late developing four-year-old coming off a career best at today’s distance. Away 40 days since, she has continued to train purposefully as Pletcher’s horses stay good once they break through. (See Any Given Saturday)!
Taking Unbridled Belle to repeat at no lower than 5-2, keying her first and second in trifectas with Indian Vale, Teammate and Miss Shop.
Running Totals: (87) 37-18-11. Dollar Return: $222.30 [win selections only]