Be Bullish was dominant winning his last in front-running fashion, earning a lifetime best performance figure. He’s been given five weeks recovery time by trainer Scott Schwartz, which should suffice, he returns at his best distance, is nicely drawn inside and speed guru C.C. Lopez takes the re-ride.
After a top-figure maiden score, That’srightofficer stumbled at the start of his second race, virtually eliminating any chance for a repeat victory. From the resurgent Rick Schosberg shed, he is in position to rebound as he fit’s the speedy shape of this race nicely. Switching to Norberto Arroyo Jr., whose strong-finish style seems to suit the dynamics and the colt perfectly.
Another Foose was beaten by Be Bullish two back after being pressured on the pace throughout. Having drawn outside that rival today, he’ll be able to place that speed challenger under the gun, Ramon Dominguez waiting until he’s ready to pull the trigger. From the dominant Contessa barn, his recent blowout for this was the fastest of 33 sophomores to work 3 furlongs that week. His development has been incremental, indicating another forward move may be forthcoming.
The Truffle Man, meanwhile, is another bounce-rebounder, only he figures to fall between the parimutuel cracks given lower profile connections. With these horses so close on performance figures, determing the speed of the speed becomes important. On pace figures, The Truffle Man has that edge. Not only did he have a right to bounce off his double-top two starts back and the sloppy track likely didn't help. He worked very quickly in his blow for this, a move termed breezing. Young Rajiv Maragh has been rding with great confidence and will have this colt in contention throughout.
Taking the value offered on The Truffle Man at early line odds of 5-1 or greater and a trifecta key in all money positions with the other three contenders.
Running Totals: (171) 62-37-18. Total Dollar Return: $387.20 [win selections only]