ASTRONAUT improved markedly from his first to second run and, if building on his latest second-placed effort, could take some stopping in this maiden special weight. Leading West and Imperial Moment are others expected to go well.
DIXIELAND HUMOR got the better of Luxe Diamond (second) when winning her maiden here in February and the latter franked the form when scoring by almost 10 lengths the time after. Both are respected, with the former taken to confirm her superiority, while Savannah Grass is another who should be thereabouts.
TEMPLE wasn’t winning out of turn here last time and really did it well under a great Luis Saez ride. He is still improving as a four-year-old and that Arthur Kitt form reads well, so he is taken to go in again. Seismic Wave is a big player returning from an absence and Monarchs Glen must also be considered.
Doll Collection offered promise in good races last year, while Rachel’s Wish has been running quite well in lesser company. They bump into a couple of interesting newcomers though, with Bill Mott’s expensive Bernardini filly GRAND CRU CLASSE just preferred to Mumbai.
MAN WITH A PLAN occupied the runner-up spot in a stakes race here as recently as September, and new trainer Todd Pletcher starts him off at a significantly lower level. He can capitalise at the chief expense of Dictator, Sultry Samurai and Awesome Action.
FUDDLED made an introduction full of promise when beaten a neck into second over track and trip. With normal improvement, she can account for Mane Attraction, American Goddess and Let Them Eat Cake. Maggie Fitz enters the equation if this is switched to the main track.
Congrats This won a similar C&D event in style in his latest outing and Dizzy Gillespie is a big player on the downgrade, but BLAME THE THIEF gets the nod as he makes his debut for the powerful Todd Pletcher stable after landing a more valuable event at Aqueduct last time out.
It was no surprise LA RUSIA struggled in a 75k stakes race last time out, but she had a couple of these behind when runner-up in a more valuable claimer than this the time before and a repeat of that form could suffice in this grade. The improving and unexposed Toffen is a big player after a good second in a similar event, while impressive maiden scorer R U Royalty is another to consider.
Colonel Liam was awarded the race after being bumped on debut and could build on what was a really encouraging outing, but this race looks ideal for BLUE BUFF. John Servis’ gelding has won three on the spin in slightly lower grades, but the manner of those victories suggests he’ll be a major player. Winking At Thedude is proven at this level and is another to note.
Dyn and Kokokomo both won their maidens well last time and are considered, while the class-dropping Aficionado could improve his fortunes in this company. NETTLETON is another down in grade, having finished in midfield in a stakes race when last seen, and this could be a confidence-boosting opportunity on his return to action.
Felon was a nose behind reserve Reagan’s Heart last time and could be a major player here, though KOBE FIFTY TWO was impressive when showing plenty of early zip to clear away on debut and a recent workout suggests he’s come on for the outing. Souper Shenanigan is another to note.
17:45 Astronaut @ SP
18:15 Dixieland Humor @ 2/1
18:45 Temple @ SP
19:15 Grand Cru Classe @ 11/4
19:46 Man With A Plan @ 5/2
20:16 Fuddled @ 8/11
20:49 Blame The Thief @ 9/2
21:21 La Rusia @ 10/1
21:52 Blue Buff @ 5/6
22:24 Nettleton @ SP
22:55 Kobe Fifty Two @ SP
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* All odds correct at time of posting and are subject to change.