Largent was better than the result when beaten just a head in a similar contest to this last time, the winner coming from further back. That form has a solid look to it, and Todd Pletcher’s lightly raced gelding is taken to go one better this time around.
My Masterpiece returned to form with a good runner-up finish over C&D last time and should go close again in what is an open-looking turf claimer. Port Salerno and Let’s Go Baby are both on the reserve list but will be big threats if getting a run.
An allowance optional claimer than is more akin to a Grade 3 contest, and there may be some mileage in chancing Almashriq against those at the head of the market. Previously trained by John Gosden, the selection made a winning US debut over C&D last month and could well have more improvement to come.
Trainer Christophe Clement has a fine record with first-time starters and he can extend that further with Malibeauty in a maiden contest that doesn’t look particularly deep. Of those with experience, Rachel’s Wish is probably top of the list, while Sanguine is interesting back on dirt.
Taos has run primarily on dirt throughout his relatively short career, but his one turf effort when fifth in a Santa Anita maiden early last year is a race that has thrown up plenty of winners. Eoin Harty’s gelding is taken to add to his sole career success in this turf claimer.
Having made all in Grade 3 company at this track last time, Mean Mary is sure to be well supported, but she probably needs to find a bit more to defeat Gentle Ruler. Ian Wilkes’ mare rounded off her 2019 campaign with successive wins in a minor stakes event at Kentucky Downs and a G3 contest at Keeneland, and can make a triumphant return.