We’ve been trying to beat the favorite with logical contenders all week, they have all run very well but the most probable winner, on paper, confirmed their status on the racetrack.
Perhaps we will break through in the G3 Bold Ruler with Prince Lucky, a game second in the G2 Kelso last out now makes the perfect turn back to 7 furlongs, has a coveted also draw, tactical speed, conditioning and lots of early speed to set the table for Johnny.
The problem, of course, is one of those speeds in Kentucky Derby first and official Haskell winner Maximum Security, making his first start since that abysmally hot day at the Jersey Shore which delayed the big race about three hours. And that effort took its toll.
But he races well fresh, doesn’t strictly need the lead, and won his only start at the trip by 18 lengths. He is, of course, the deserving favorite, but there is the 98-day layup, the dreaded pole position and the fact he spots older rivals actual weight. He’s worth trying to beat.
Taking Prince Lucky to win at 5-2 or greater, an key-boxing exactas with the multiple Grade 1 winner and the Kelso tough-trip battler, True Timber (8-1).
YESTERDAY: Made You look was a willing second, completing an $11 exacta with the 3-2 favorite Bound for Nowhere, who proved to be much the best horse.