The thing about small fields is that they’re tricky, and when they have a couple of speed horses and it becomes a rider’s race, handicappers don’t know what’s going to happen until the break. Only past-posters know what to do then.
Today’s Bernard Baruch is one of those traps. We looked at the fastest figure horses on paper and decided to try to beat them. That’s because Good Governance (9-5), who comes from a recent Belmont allowances took our breath away.
It’s not about who he beat, or the fact that he won. It’s about the turn of foot demonstrated when he finally extended his stride. We’re thinking that the pace will be slowish with these great riders keeping a close eye on one another, st least we hope so.
That will allow Irad Ortiz Jr. to secure a pocket trip and, if good enough, when he tips out at headstretch, he’s kick away through the final furlong.
We’re taking the Chad Brown runner to win the,Grade 2, no price restrictions, and making an exacta box with Somelikeithotbrown (4-1).