Four fillies deserve serious consideration to earn the Prioress title, from the rail out; Silver Knockers (4-1), Cash’s Call (12-1), Ticket To Seattle (8-1) and Dream Rush (8-5).
Silver Knockers came into her own at Pimlico last out, posting a key race score and earning a competitive performance figure. She’s had plenty of recovery time and her :46 4/5 Saratoga training track workout was the best of 41 three-year-old fillies to work during that week. She’s a comer.
Cash’s Call has been overlooked by the odds maker; 12-1 is just too much price. She’s just as fast as Silver Knockers and Ticket To Seattle, her :49 2/5 breeze, under restraint, was eighth fastest the same week Silver Knockers trained, and she’s a worthy 2-for-3 at the distance with a second place finish.
Ticket To Seattle earned an excellent figure two back then tried a turf sprint next time out. That probably was a training exercise, as Steve Klesaris is 28 percent efficient going turf to dirt, and you don‘t try Grade 1 company without serious consideration. She, too, is a sprint specialist, as her (4) 2-2-0 slate attests.
Still, Dream Rush is the most probable winner. She found the pace and the eight furlongs of the Grade 1 Acorn just a tad too much last time, and that came following a career best effort. She’s flat out faster than this group, has the conditioning turning back from the mile Acorn, and just loves the surface.
Her Acorn placing was her first defeat in Elmont in three lifetime starts. The shift to an outside post will allow Eibar Coa to see how the pace shakes out before making his move. That was not the case when she drew the rail in the Acorn and had to make too much use of her early. The Rick Violette barn is white hot.
Taking Dream Rush to win, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in trifectas and superfectas with the other three fillies, an extra trifecta ticket with her on top.
Running Totals: (55) 26-12-9 Dollar Return: $152.70 [win selections only]