There should be plenty of pace on in this $8k claimer, which should set things up nicely for Very Amusing to come from his usual stalking position. A good second over C&D last time, the selection had Rayo My King back in third and is expected to confirm that form. Followhisfootsteps ought to be the biggest threat, but he could be softened up by a couple of other front runners.
Island Song was presumably amiss when last seen 168 days ago but has been working well for his comeback and attracts the services of top jockey Javier Castellano. Trainer Eddie Kenneally has good numbers with horses returning from layoffs, which only adds to the attraction. Ohanzee ran well last time and should also be thereabouts, while Guaco is also of interest dropping in class and going dirt to turf.
Naomi Fraley hasn’t been seen for 433 days but has been working well for a trainer who excels with horses returning from layoffs. Her last-time-out win at Santa Anita back in December 2018 came in a stronger contest than this and she is taken to make a successful return. The obvious danger is She’s in Luck, who has been running well of late.
Miss Lucky Lager has been placed on her last 2 starts, but there’s a strong argument that she has better than the result in both. She looks sure to go well again, just needing a bit more of the rub of the green to add to her sole win to date. Bounty of Gold has been competing in stronger event than this and looks the one for the forecast.
Blue Buff has been like a new horse switching back to dirt on his last 2 starts, winning both impressively, though there will be little mileage in his price. With that in mind, Well Defined is put up as a sporting selection against him. Kathleen O’Connell’s gelding was on the Kentucky Derby trail this time last year, and while he probably isn’t as good as he was then, there are signs that plenty of ability remains. With blinkers back on, Well Defined can outrun his price.
Musket Powder shaped with an abundance of promise on debut over 5.5f here last month and is now the subject of a positive trainer change. With German stamina influences in his pedigree, the selection ought to be well suited by this step up to a mile and can get off the mark at the second attempt. Totally Tiger, shipping in from Santa Anita, can prove the main threat.
*All odds correct at time of posting