The Churchill feature is a competitive turf route for older handicappers going a mile and an eighth with course loving Mr. Misunderstood looking to repeat his 2018 G3 River City score. The worthy 5-2 favorite is 4-for-5 over the Matt Winn course and a good (6) 2-2-1 slate at the trip.
When last he raced Brad Cox runner was narrowly beaten by Space Mountain (5-1), one of three entered by turf ace Mike Maker. He likes the conditions, too, as he’s 3-for-7 on this ground and 1-for-1 at the trip. If he stays double the odds ante post, he’s the value for sure.
Arbitrarily, we’re going in another direction. Admission Office (3-1) is making his fourth start this year since entering Brian Walsh’s barn. After winning his season’s debut in allowances, he finished second and third, respectively, at the G2 level coming from the clouds to be narrowly beaten in the Wise Dan here in June.
He returns here following a 3+ month layup and had virtually no chance in the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, last of 14 virtually all the way with no clear pace to run in the lane through the bulky lineup. Raging with run, Jose Ortiz had no choice but to await next time.
Today he returns at a suitable longer trip, the draw won’t matter since he’ll be far back early but this time there are only nine rivals to impede his progress, not 13. He handles all course well and the dynamics are far more suitable today. But we need of that early line quote.
Taking Admission Office to win at 3-1 or greater, key-boxing exactas with his rivals above, and adding speedy Get Western (5-1) to the exotic mix.
YESTERDAY: Kept True finished second