Three stakes today on what is the last meaningful Breeders’ Cup prep weekend and the most compelling is, of course, is the Grade 1 Champagne for juvenile colts at one mile. While there are some interesting prospects in here, such as Sapling winner Lantana Mob, Nick Zito’s undefeated War Pass, and a one-mile maiden winner over the track, Anakim, it’s really a match within a race.

It started in the Hopeful. Now it’s the rematch: Ready’s Image vs. Majestic Warrior, the Hopeful hero.

Majestic Warrior was magnificent winning the first meaningful Grade 1 of the two-year-old season. Seemingly beaten with less than a half mile remaining in the seven furlong Spa fixture, he began to roll inside on the far turn, tipped wide with momentum into the lane and roared home for the score, making up nearly six lengths in the final half-furlong.

The victory of Majestic Warrior capped the meet for leading trainer Bill Mott, gave him a rare young talent for him to work with toward the 2008 classics, and was so impressive that Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith invested untold millions to partner with owner/breeder George Steinbrenner. The extremely well bred son of A. P. Indy and Dream Supreme should only improve given today’s added distance.

So then why would we take Ready’s Image? Because he is faster, has more seasoning, is drawn outside (Majestic Warrior has the rail) and won the Tremont over this track. But that’s not why. The why is he was used extremely hard racing an extremely fast Maimonides into defeat early, actually winning that duel in midst retch, but the effort had taken its toll. Today, there’s enough speed signed out where he can use his stalking speed and outside position to best advantage. He’ll never have a better chance to turn the tables on his Hopeful rival.

Taking Ready’s Image to win at 7-5 or greater and exacta keys first and second with Majestic warrior and Lantana Mob.

Running Totals: (115) 40-27-13. Dollar Return: $230.00 [win selections only] {Friday’s results not included}