IN EAGER ANTICIPATION

Chances are better than 50-50 that one of the juvenile in today’s G3 With Anticipation Stakes will be seen again on Futures Friday, NOV 1 at Santa Anita.

Some of the best turf juveniles on this side of the country point for this race every year, which often has produces a star or two in the future. But this is the first step in proving that notion.

We like half of the eight runners signed on but will opt for co-second choice on the early line, Eagerly (7-2)–yes, the maiden facing winners.

Trips are often the difference on grass as everybody knows and this American Pharoah colt could have been luckier when favored on debut.

It wasn’t so much the trouble early but the turn of foot demonstrated on the far turn coming from way off the pace, his momentum carrying him very wide into the lane.

Virtually all alone in the center of the course, he seemed to float in space out there; rallied, stalled, then re-rallied late, kind of learning on the job. His gallop-out was solid.

He has worked twice since, his latest was 16th fastest of 113 two-year-olds who worked that week. The Pletcher/Johnny team for Michael Tabor looks like today will be the day.

Taking Eagerly, betting straight at no lower than 2-1, and key boxing exactas with fast open-lengths winner Our Country (7-2) and long striding Fighting Seabee (10-1). Will include Jack the Ripper (15-1) and Andesite below in the super-exotics.

SUNDAY: The second time in two days when a closer got first run but wound up second best to a late turn-of-foot flying rival. That was a bit of a tough one as we never expected 4-1 on Bourbon War. Stable mailer.

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