The contenders are Radio Freq (5-2), Victorious Affair (3-1) and Stunt Man at 9-2.
The early line favorite was a game winner of his maiden debut. He battled on the lead throughout then gamely held his advantage while dogged by a rival through the stretch. Radio Freq comes back with sufficient rest and trainer Charlton Baker’s three-year-old runners move to a new top effort nearly half the time in their second career starts. However, he moves up in class and distance for the second career run.
Victorious Affair, meanwhile, hails from the George Weaver shed, a barn whose three-year-olds keep moving forward before peaking in their third lifetime start. That’s the case here, although this colt ran its best race on a wet surface for which he is suited by pedigree.
Stunt Man has fewer negatives than his main rivals, although he is meeting classier competition. Off-setting that, however, is the fact he is the fastest horse on performance figures, has experience at a similar distance and a trainer whose horses win more often in their second start for the new barn.
Gary Contessa’s horse improved right off the claim to earn that top figure when third last out. But if the trainer’s personal stats are the measure, then another forward move is forthcoming. A repeat of his last would easily be good enough to win here.
Taking Stunt Man to win at 7-2 or greater. Making exacta key boxes of Stunt Man with Radio Freq and Victorious Affair.