If there’s a Grade 1 turf stakes anywhere in the country, set the over-under at 2 with regard to the number of Chad Brown entrants per event. Today’s Gamely would be a push as he’s entered two.
Making her U.S. debut as the favorite is Etoile (5-2). She’s won three of seven over the boggy courses in France, including a Group 3 and beaten 3/4s of a length when fourth in a GR 1. She’s been working steadily at Payson Park and gets first time Rosario and Lasix.
We prefer the longer Brown, Beautiful Lover (5-1), who was a wide-sweep second behind win machine Starship Jubilee in the G2 Hillborough at today’s trip. With Irad replacing Paco, 5-1 doesn’t seem realistic at all.
The other interesting horse is Lady Prancelot (6-1) another Baltas/Velazquez production. She looked like a tired filly in her four-year-old debut at the end of the G2 Buena Vista and should benefit from that effort. The additional furlong will suit her well.
We’ll exacta-box these three mares, pressing Beautiful Lover and Lady Prancealot for extras, and will let the tote guide us in the straight pool.