The key clearly is the favorite that ran off and hid in its debut at The Meadowlands going five and a half furlongs. Will he give the same effort here, vs. tougher ore experienced rivals going a longer distance off one start? Not an easy answer to that one.
Alan Seewald clearly caught Steve Asmussen taking his best hold, reaching in and claiming the first-time starter for $40,000. Off that rapidly run debut, it certainly looks like a good claim. He’s worked a bullet since that visually impressive score and Sean Elliott ships in to ride the promising youngster.
Starship Dancer showed marked improvement for Bruce Levine in his Meadowlands finale but he also is making his Big A debut while up in class and distance.
Sonic Boom is coming off a new pace top and has some relatively competitive figures to run back to. He is expected to improve with blinkers added and Eddie Castro will ride him back for Gary Contessa. He seems to have the most upset potential.
Double Or Nothing improved in his first start off the Dutrow acquisition as all of them do and he does attract Edgar Prado. While he figures to improve in this spot, his outside draw is compromising in a somewhat sizable field. Prospects are that he may be overbet.
Will take the promising favorite to win, but at no lower than 8-5. Also making an exacta box with Sonic Boom, and keying Law N Dora first and second in trifectas with all three major contenders.
Running Totals: (130) 45-29-14. Total Dollar Return: $266.30 [win selections only]