Honest to Goodness has been running well on turf but is still relatively unexposed on dirt, so may be worth chancing on this return to the main track. With a couple of front runners in opposition, the pace should be honest enough, and he makes a bit of appeal at what should be a fair price.
Overpraise could well be the value in this weak turf maiden claimer, his recent third-place finish on dirt signalled that he is in good heart. A repeat of his best turf run when seventh in a much stronger race than this at Woodbine last summer would mark him out as the one to beat in this company.
Dreaming of Paris hasn’t run too badly in three maiden special weights to date and now drops into maiden claiming company for the first time. This looks a good opportunity for her to get off the mark. Newcomer Whiskey Song looks one to take seriously, though an outside draw makes things a little bit tricky for her.
Cat Lady has shown enough in three maiden special weights to suggest she’s capable of winning a small race. The drop into maiden claiming company for the first time should be just what she needs to break her duck. An outside draw isn’t ideal, though she’ll get plenty of assistance from the saddle in the shape of Irad Ortiz.
The Todd Pletcher/Irad Ortiz combination are taken to strike again in this maiden claimer with second-time starter Riggins. Despite having a wide trip, the son of Liam’s Map shaped with a bit of promise on debut and now drops in grade. Bee Major and Eagles Palace are others to consider here.
Battle of Blenheim ran well to finish second last time, only fading late on after returning from a three-month lay-off. He should strip fitter with that under his belt and can go one better this time. Honey Won’t can chase the selection home, while War Giant also commands a second look.
* All odds correct at time of posting and are subject to change.