POINT OF HUMOR was disappointing when last seen but the five-year-old, who drops in grade today, should be hard to beat if recapturing his previous form. Eagles Palace edges out Brees Bayou to be the pick of the remainder.
Luxury Suite and Future Book both merit plenty of respect but the nod goes to DANGEROUS EDGE, who put in a career best when getting off the mark at Aqueduct earlier in the year.
There should be plenty of future winners come from this race but today could be COUSIN ANDREW‘s day. He has shaped with lots of promise in two starts thus far and looks certain to go close here. Dee Jay is one of a few more experienced players with claims, with Uncle Moonlight a fascinating newcomer.
MASTER OF HOPE was very professional on her debut over 7f at Aqueduct and, likely to improve for this step up in trip, she might be able to complete the double. Saratoga Affair is also one from one and demands respect, while Spice Is Nice merits consideration dropping down from Grade 2 company.
A chance is taken on TERPEYE, who arrives following two pleasing efforts over 6f. She would have gone close last time had she not fluffed the start so looks sure to play a leading role here with a ‘normal’ break. Merlins Muse and Wings Of Fury are others to watch out for.
A competitive encounter, with plenty of last-time-out winners on show. The best of which appears to be BEG TO DIFFER, who opened his account with an emphatic seven-length success at Aqueduct in March. Superego, Kid D’oro and Our Last Buck are the others who arrive on the back of a victory, with Chestertown also respected as this appears a lot easier than the Grade 2 he took part in when last sighted.
No Word and Value Engineering both make plenty of appeal, representing Todd Pletcher and Chad Brown respectively, while Tankerville is interesting on his first US outing. However, preference is for MR. ALEC, who is yet to finish outside of the top two in four starts and looks a nice prospect.
Last year’s Belmont Stakes winner SIR WINSTON steps back up in trip for the first time since that success and is expected to prove too strong for the opposition. The main dangers are likely to be Adventist and Rocketry.
WILD NORTH shaped with promise on both her starts last September and an ease in grade can see her off the mark at the third attempt. Others to note include Molly’s Nighthawk and Mizzen The Mark.
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