Our statement is to try to beat Brushed Bayou, the 3-1 third choice, who beat most of these last out. Don’t think she’ll get the perfect sailing that she got in last, and she must spot the group five pounds under a 123-pound impost.
Three we’re singling out are Queen Amira (5-1), Somethinaboutbetty (5-2) and Lemon Drop Gal (2-1).
Queen Amira didn’t get untracked until it was too late last time, when she split Brushed Bayou and Runaway Cat. Her inside post with Garrett Gomez makes her eligible for a good trip here at fair odds for Bill Mott.
Somethinaboutbetty is fast on performance figures, owns excellent tactical speed and also can work out a trip under these conditions. She’s shown continued development at four for Todd Pletcher and today’s distance would appear to suit her perfectly, as does the presence of John Velazquez.
But Lemon Drop Gal looms the most probable winner. She had a very tough trip when favored vs. many of these last out, her five-year-old debut. After getting bumped at the break, she rallied well outside on the turn then flattened out late, as if in need of the effort. Her figure showed continued development and the Jimmy Jerkens barn has been on a roll. Further, Jerkens is 24 percent efficient and profitable with horses making their second start following a layoff.
Taking Lemon Drop Gal to win at 8-5 or more, and exacta key boxes with Queen Amira and Somethinaboutbetty
Running Totals: (48) 24-9-9 Dollar Return: $141.00 [win selections only, does not reflect Wednesday’s results]