The speed of the speed, Forest of Dreams (3-1), has never run on turf but trainer Jimmy Jerkens is profitable in all relevant categories. Neither has a well bred mid-race mover, Papa Bear (6-1), but he has run very well on the synthetics and trainer Mike Hushion has been 31 percent efficient over the last three months.
Then there’s Pennington (5-1), a 4-year-old gelding with a good-figure win over the course, is 3-for-3 beneath Eibar Coa, but is turning back with quicker and potentially better sprinters. Betelo (9-2), a recent maiden winner who’s developing nicely, is fresh, well drawn and suited by the prevailing conditions. Raynicks Fan (6-1), a course lover coming off a sharp spring season debut and is six weeks fresh for Steve Asmussen and Cornelio Velasquez. Like we said, it’s open.
The favorite has a huge pace edge, a capable turf sire and 29 percent turf-debut trainer. Papa Bear, the fastest here on performance figures, has excellent synthetic figures which should translate to grass. Forest Of Dreams is the most likely but Papa Bear the likely value.
Taking Papa Bear at 6-1 or greater and keying him first and second with his main rivals here.
Running Totals: (216) 69-46-24. Total Dollar Return: $427.30 [win selections only]