Meilleur shaped as if amiss last time and looks worth another chance based on his good second-place finish here the time before. Karma King hasn’t been running too badly of late and may be the main threat, while Gran Greyfrost is another to enter the equation.
High Five Cotton hasn’t run for 282 days, though long layoffs are rarely an issue for runners from this barn, and he can strike at the first time of asking this year. Mr. Kisses is also likely to be on the premises, along with Pollard Star and One Lucky Step.
Zaino Boyz only faded late after setting a fast pace in a stakes contest at Oaklawn last time and should make a bold bid to take this lesser field all the way. Main danger Tomato Bill represents a trainer whose runners are always respected at this track, while Silverly Enough is another that can make the places.
Hunka Burning Love produced a stunning performance when running out a 10-length winner over this course and distance on his most recent start. This task looks a little tougher, but Karl Broberg’s gelding comes here at the top of his game and will take plenty of stopping once more. Chris and Dave could well emerge as best of the rest.
Foreign Creation takes a steep drop in grade in this $7.5k claimer and can bounce back from a poor effort last time. The selection tends to race from off the pace but there should be a solid-enough gallop on to set up her closing kick. Eutychia is likely to be in the mix too, while Kottoncandy Kisses is another who demands a closer look.
Figure has posted a pair of solid placed efforts on her last two starts and connections look to have found a good spot for her in this $15k conditioned claimer. Big Affair has less on her plate here than in her last race and should go well too, with New Years Love able to chase the first two home.
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