Itsagimme’s Girl hasn’t raced on dirt since her debut over two years ago but has been in fair form on turf and now drops in class for this return to the main track. Southern n’ Sassy is up there on the shortlist too, while Tee Up also commands consideration.
With those having already run not setting the bar very high in this maiden claimer, the selection is newcomer Vivamente. From a barn posting very strong numbers at the meet, this half-sister to three-time winner Cannon’s Roar can go in at the first time of asking. Hifalutin and I’mthekatsmeow can fill the minor roles.
Little Natalia was a wide-margin winner last time but the speed figure she posted wasn’t particularly high and she looks worth taking on in this stronger race. Long Story Short broke her maiden at Gulfstream last time and has subsequently joined a trainer who does well with new recruits. She can come out on top in her first try against winners.
Storm The Bridge has a few less miles on the clock than likely favourite Lanse Mitan in this maiden claimer and is taken to get off the mark at the third time of asking. His debut was promising and his latest effort can be forgiven as he didn’t seem to take to turf. Today’s return to dirt should see him back on song.
This is an interesting maiden, with newcomer Basquiat sure to be popular for Chad Brown, however, he is opposed with Ashiham, who has the benefit of a run under his belt. Fourth on debut for the recently-retired Kiaran McLaughlin in a race that’s working out well, he can make his first start for Todd Pletcher a winning one.
By his usual high standards, trainer Saffie Joseph has been in poor form of late, but there have been signs in the last few days that the corner is turning, and his revival can continue with Annualized in the Gulfstream closer. A big drop in class, coupled with the talents of Irad Ortiz in the saddle, should enable the selection to break his duck.
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