Vacare is a Grade 1 winner and deserving early line favorite. She’s won five of six career starts, looms the controlling speed, reunites with Prado (1-for-1 on the four-year-old), and never has taken a backward step on performance figures. But the high weight under 123 pounds spots her major contenders seven pounds. That’s not insignificant.
Barancella hails from the Frankel barn that has come alive in recent weeks. She’s been battle tested often in top graded company and never fails to fire. Her figures are competitive with the favorite on her best, and has a chance at what might be fair odds, early line price or higher.
Makderah will be tested for class but might be up to this in her current form. She’s much improved at 4 and owns a fast win over the course. She finished third in her only start at this distance in Europe. Alan Garcia is largely underrated and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is a profitable 24 percent with potential repeaters.
Jade Queen appears the most likely winner and could provide good value if the crowd over-bets Vacare, a distinct possibility. Well drawn inside her major rivals, she can set the pace or sit the good inside trip. Grade 1 placed, she returns sufficiently rested with competitive figures and attracts Garrett Gomez for the first time. And this just in, the Pletcher barn has been going well recently.
Taking Jade Queen to win at 2-1 or greater and using her in all three trifecta positions with the other three fillies.
Running Totals: (45) 22-9-9 Dollar Return: $127.40 [win selections only; does not reflect Friday’s results]