Time For Trouble showed up well on debut at Belmont but was well below that level last time, so SCANNO is preferred. Thomas Albertrani’s colt ran a modest race on the main track at Gulfstream last time, but his previous form on grass reads well and he can bounce back. Nathan’s Secret is another to note, having shown up well on turf last time.
John Servis already has a couple of wins to his name here and his $230,000 purchase GRUNTLED could be the one to side with here. Fulmini has strong claims on what he’s been showing in the mornings, while Big Daddy Dave is another to note.
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It could be worth taking a chance on the stamina of NOWITNA RIVER, as she flew home from off the pace to take second over 6f here last time, shaping as though she needs further. Should this trip prove beyond her, then Nothins Free and Grace’s Drama look the ones to side with.
WINNIPEG WONDER was only collared close home over track and trip last time and if she continues to progress, she might get away early and stay there. $375,000 purchase Under The Oaks has claims on debut, though Wesley Ward’s American Goddess could be a bigger danger after three solid runs to date.
Salsa Rita fought off Suz over 5 1/2f here and has run fairly again since. However, she was beaten by BABY ICE back in February, with Gary Jackson’s mare following up at the chief expense of Gilda F. She has gone under twice subsequently, but they came in better races than this one.
FIAMMA MAMMA was ahead of Union Lane, Kaufy Futures and I’m That Bird when runner-up for the second race in succession over track and trip. She is clearly in fine fettle and is taken to regain the winning trend.
POSEIDONS PRINCESS justified market support to win on debut here three weeks ago and is worth sticking with for now while she’s open to any amount of improvement. Say Adios should run her usual honest race and Blessed Beast is another expected to be thereabouts.
VENEZUELAN HUG got off the mark in good style here last time and is open to more improvement on just his fourth start. The jockey booking of Irad Ortiz Jr suggests connections are confident he’ll handle this rise into a starter optional claimer, and the three-year-old can see off Bad Beat Brian and Givemetwenty.
A tricky event despite the small field, but WIN WITH PRIDE has been knocking on the door in more valuable events at Aqueduct and could be let in now eased in class for his Gulfstream debut. He has no margin for error, though, with Yodel E. A. Who and Cajun Firecracker dropping in grade, and Small Fortune winning well in his latest.
Following his maiden romp, UNCONQUERED LEA had Mystic Lancelot (third) and Bless The Kitten (fourth) in arrears when a close second in a similar event here and is fancied to go one better with further progress expected. That said, Our Country must be feared as he should strip fitter for a near-miss at Tampa on his reappearance last month.
Bellas Fella and Traffic Trouble have leading claims after good third-placed efforts over a mile last time, but it could pay to side with ARMANDO’S TEAM. He caught the eye staying on from well off the pace when switched to turf here latest and there should be plenty more to come after only two starts, especially now granted an extra furlong.
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22:55 Armando’s Team
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