There are younger, classy types--not as accomplished, but with great potential--vs. some very sharp, older hard hitters. We’ve narrowed the field down to four, from the inside out; recent returnee Ruffino, ship-in Lookmeintheeye, classy layup Devil’s Concierge, and the pointing Building New Era.
Ruffino may battle for favoritism with Devil’s Concierge. Lightly raced, Ruffino wins by large margins and is a perfect 2-for-2 at the distance around one turn. Generally, when Jimmy Bond’s horses get good, they stay that was for a while. Speed and finishing power are great weapons. His preference for Belmont’s surface is an unknown.
Lookmeintheeye ships in for crafty connections and broke his maiden vs. New York breds on this racetrack, at this distance. Not insignificant, that. Trainer Michael Aro brings Ryan Barber along from Philly Park to guide the potential surprise package.
When last seen, Devil’s Concierge was tiring after moving wide into a lively pace in the Grade 2 Bay Shore at 3. He’s working bullets for his return for Rick Dutrow, adept with long term absentees, and names Edgar Prado. Think he’s live?
Building New Era makes his second start off the freshening for Gary Contessa with a switch to Alan Garcia, a potent tandem in New York this season. His tactical speed and outside position should enable a comfortable stalking trip, and he figures to be in this to the finish.
In a tough, tough heat, taking Ruffino to win at 3-1 or greater, and keying him first and second in trifectas with Devil’s Concierge, Lookmeintheeye and Building New Era.
Running Totals (through Wednesday‘s racing): (19) 7-5-4. ROI: $49.80