With a choice of features run at virtually the same class level, we opted for the two-turn turf route over the battle of fast Saffie Joseph and Todd Pletcher layup returnees in the prior event.
Like the sprint that precedes it, there are several ways to go and we’re forced to shade Jezebel’s Kitten (7-2).
If Thoro-Graph figures are a measure, a repeat of her two-back effort will get it here, but even absent that she will be competitive for several reasons.
Her last try at Keeneland and first for trainer Christopher Davis was a good one as the 4-year-old filly attempted to swoop the field at the far turn. It proved to be too big an ask, but it was the kind of run that should move her forward.
Considering, too, that the mini-two-turn-turnback figures to amplify her late foot, and that Davis is a profitable 23% with its second-time new acquisitions, that she’s well suited by dynamics and post, the switch to Junior Alvarado also augurs well.
Tactical enough to get into the race at the turn, she has the kick to close it out with a well-timed rally with the early speed signed on here.
Taking Jezebel’s Kitten to win at 3-1 or greater and hooking up quinellas with well spotted late runner Lovely Luvy (5-2) and Take Charge Ro (9-5) for Team Brian Lynch/Luis Saez.