A tricky contest and the safest bet may be CHEROKEE SOUND, who has gone very close in similar C&D events the last twice and remains open to improvement. There are no shortage of dangers, though, most notably Gauzy, Truly and Inedatequila.
Caribbean Gold handled the drop from a mile when third over course and distance, with Allegedly Perfect and Sail At Sunrise just behind him. Thenextbestthing is interesting if ready to roll, but UNCLE GEORGE cost $310,000 as a yearling and is worth chancing on debut.
FRENCH QUARTER has been campaigned over shorter on his last two starts and although running well, he is 2-3 over this distance and could prove difficult to beat under optimum conditions. Blakey was impressive on his penultimate start and may prove the biggest danger ahead of Cometin.
Dream Marie and Tonalist’s Shape finished sixth and seventh respectively in the Grade 2 Fasig-tipton Gulfstream Park Oaks last time and have to be respected. However, UP IN SMOKE looks a very smart filly on what she’s shown in three starts at the track thus far, winning all of them, and this progressive three-year-old gets the nod under top pilot Luis Saez.
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