A handful of horses have been knocking on the door of late and could get off the mark in this maiden claimer over one mile. Edgar Zayas keeps the ride on Captain Fofo who looks exposed after 10 career starts, but the step up an extra two-furlongs could bring improvement. Imperial Greatness and Voicesinthedarnez are the likely pacesetters, while Wilshire Diamond looks interesting dropping down in grade.
The lightly-raced MONEY HOUSE gets the verdict for trainer Herbert Miler and jockey Angel Rodridguez. The son of Grey Swallow finished third in a better race at Park West last October before making a return here in April when finishing in the same position, challenging from off the pace. The step up in trip will suit on pedigree and he looks the best option in what looks an open affair.
Michael Dini has his horses in excellent form at present with three winners from five runners over the past two weeks. The booking of jockey Samy Camacho looks interesting and she warrants respect here following her comeback run at Tampa Bay earlier this month. The lightly-raced Smitten For Smitty is another who could challenge for in-form Luis Ramirez and cannot be fully discounted.
Ultimately this race comes down to Well Brush Mytooth and LET’S BE HONEST, who both have good form in the book. John Servis takes over the official training of Well Brush Mytooh and she returns here following a run behind Cruise And Danze at Aqueduct in January. Let’s Be Honest drops in grade and trip and his second-place finish here last month looks good enough to beat these rivals and win.
Several of these runners like to race forward in what looks a weak maiden claimer over the one-mile trip and that could play right into the hands of our selection, WITCH HUNTER. It’s encouraging that trainer Victor Barboza has booked jockey Edgar Zayes to ride with the pair recording a 37.5% winning strike-rate in 2019.
This will be the third time Barboza has used Zayes this year having teamed-up recently to win with Worth Avenue here earlier this month. This filly was only beaten a neck here at Gulfstream last month and previously finished third against better rivals in March. A strong pace will play right into her hands and she will take the world of beating, with Crystalina and Upsy Daisy Do fighting for second.
Saffie Joseph, Michael Maker and Todd Pletcher have their horses in good form and this maiden special weight should be fought out by runners under their care. Well Connected was given a hands and heels ride when finishing third on debut last November and might be best watching having a first start for trainer Michael Maker.
IMA PHAROAH has finished second on both starts to date and was only beaten late by the flying Mister Winston over course and distance last month. That run and his debut second in March looks reasonably good enough form to break his maiden, with Getthe Muny Bernie the main danger under Samy Camacho following an encouraging first run when second here earlier this month.
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* All odds correct at time of posting and are subject to change.