When last seen he was setting pace in the 10-furlong Arlington Million in Chicago. The turf course there is much different than the one on which he delivered a lifetime best performance two starts back at today‘s distance.
He is the fastest horse on performance figures and figures to control the pace here and that appears the dominant variable in this matchup. Garrett Gomez takes the call from Todd Pletcher and Sunriver is most likely to rebound.
That same day in the Sword Dancer at Saratoga, Trippi’s Storm (12-1) was making a premature move to the lead then tired late behind Grand Couturier. In his prior, he was an excellent second to Sunriver in the Bowling Green. The attraction here clearly is his early line odds.
Of the two Europeans, three-year-old Yellowstone (4-1) looks the most interesting. From Rags To Riches’ connections, Aidan O’Brien sends this one over getting first-time Lasix, ships over with regular rider John Murtaugh and the promise of firmer ground than he gets in Europe is very likely to help here.
Taking Sunriver to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him first and second with Trippi’s Storm and Yellowstone, extra ticket with the latter.
Running Totals: (97) 38-23-11. Dollar Return: $225.00 [win selections only]