From the inside, out, we’ll concentrate on Leonardo (9-5), Appealing Spring (6-1) and Roi Maudit (2-1).
Leonardo has just blossomed this fall. His last was excellent, his first start with blinkers and beneath Javier Castellano. Castellano, hottest rider on the circuit, takes the re-ride on a colt who should sit tucked in behind the speed from his inside slip. While he’s recent work was third best that day, it was the fastest move posted by a three-year-old at the distance for the week. He will be a tough out.
When last seen, Appealing Spring was rushing up the inside of a deep sloppy Monmouth track on the Friday preceding Breeders’ Cup. (And, contrary to popular theories, two trusted sources walked the Monmouth surface and found the inside and extreme outside to be the most holding parts of the sloppy surface). He has excellent company lines in his PPs, is 2-for-2 beneath Joe Bravo, and clearly has improved since moving into Kelly Breen’s shed.
Moi Maudit also will be a very tough out, especially if he duplicates his last effort for Bill Mott. His last two performance figures were excellent and he seeks his third straight win off two dominating efforts over lesser. Working well since his last race, he’s nicely drawn to give Johnny Velasquez a bird’s-eye view of the developments. He clearly fits the anticipated race shape.
Taking Moi Maudit to win at 2-1 or more and an exacta box with Appealing Spring. Also, will key him in trifecta money positions with Leonardo, Appealing Spring and probable value Blue Bullet (9-2).
Running Totals: (129) 44-29-14. Total Dollar Return: $261.50 [win selections only]