Todd Pletcher has two of the six entered and the uncoupled overnight favorite at 9-5, Jade Queen, looks beatable. She just not has been the same mare this year, likely raced and not yet back to her performance figure level. Even if she were, this looks like a Breeders’ Cup prep and is not likely to be fully cranked.
His other mare, Wingspan (3-1), was extremely disappointing going shorter at Saratoga but was a good figure winner on this course at 10 furlongs during the summer meet. It would be no surprise if she were to rebound here. Despite that poor effort, Garrett Gomez takes a return call.
Barancella (2-1) is interesting for Bobby Frankel. A winner yesterday with Le Grand Trois, who also was coming off a long layup, Frankel excels in this scenario. She has worked well at Saratoga, attracts her regular rider, the hot Javier Castellano, and has excellent performance figures going long. Her last win came on this course.
At early line odds, we’ll take the value on Wingspan to rebound and win at 5-2 or greater.
Running Totals: (108) 40-26-11. Dollar Return: $230.00 [win selections only]