There’s not much separated SETTING THE MOOD and Ocean Air when they were second and fourth here on debut, but Todd Pletcher’s filly is fancied to confirm her superiority – however marginal. Act Like Artie was behind them in six, but improved to go very close on her next start.
If this is switched to the main track, debut second Lime is the one to beat. If not, Wes Ward could still take top honours because he unleashes a couple of interesting Tiznow fillies, with FLYING ALETHA just preferred to Royal Approval. Great Warrior’s dam was a good racemare for Richard Hannon, so she also commands attention.
This is one of the easiest tasks that Brasstown will have faced. However, his latest disappointment – admittedly on turf – is still fresh in the memory so he is passed over in favour of the more reliable THIRD ARMY. Last-start scorers Bye Bye Man and Monmouth Dr are also considered.
FRACTORZATION showed ability at Aqueduct towards the back end of 2019, particularly when touched off over 6f on her second start, and she is the one to beat if returning in that sort of form. Carolyn’s Smile and Dinner At Five have recent match practice on their side and can expose any fitness flaws.
ALASKAN always appeared in command when scoring by nearly two lengths over an extended five furlongs here in March and he could prove difficult to beat in this lesser event. Big Spender has finished runner-up on his last two starts and can fight it out with Deckology for minor honours.
MOUNTAIN BREEZE improved dramatically from his debut effort to finish a length second over track and trip earlier this month, and any further improvement from that outing could suffice. Senzazione drops significantly in grade and ought to be noted for any market support, with Nothin But Net also respected after three placed efforts.
Star Juancho drops significantly in grade and it will be disappointing if he failed to make his presence felt while Rayswarrior was beaten under a length when runner-up over track and trip last month and is respected. However, VALDOCCO had Dr Harlan (third) and Silent Tiger (fourth) in behind when second under these conditions last time and is marginally preferred.
I’LL DO IT MY WAY made a really good fist of things over this track and trip last time and the slight drop in grade looks likely to suit. I Am Magical and Shikaka both struggled on a sloppy main track last time but will both be seen to better effect on turf here.
Mi Tres Por Ciento showed he can cut it in the US when successful on his track debut last month, while Wentz has been off target in two Grade 3 races recently but has claims now back in this grade. ADMIRAL LYNCH gets the vote, though, as he returned from almost three months off the track to finish second in a Grade 3 here in February and wouldn’t have to improve much to land this.
BAHAMIAN PARK was beaten a long way into second on the main track last time, but he had shown up well on turf here three starts ago and could prove a major player. Preacher Marsee is another who will relish the switch back to turf, as will Bodie Cody.
17:45 Setting The Mood @ 6/4
18:15 Flying Aletha @ 10/11
18:45 Third Army @ 9/2
19:15 Fractorzation @ 13/8
19:46 Alaskan @ 7/2
20:16 Mountain Breeze @ 2/1
20:49 Valdocco @ 7/1
21:21 I’ll Do It My Way @ 6/1
21:52 Admiral Lynch @ 13/8
22:24 Bahamian Park @ 9/2
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* All odds correct at time of posting and are subject to change.