#5 Go Maggie Go – There isn’t too much explaining you have to do with the top two horses I have listed. Both come out of the Kentucky Oaks, and both tower over this field…especially when you look at recent form. I feel even though Go Maggie Go finished behind Land Over Sea in the Oaks that her trip was eventful, and the fact it was only her third lifetime race probably cost her a length or two. With those factors out of the way for today’s race she could turn the tables in this spot. This could turn out to be a very dangerous filly down the road, and that road could start on Friday.
#3 Land Over Sea – Came running late like we thought she would in the Kentucky Oaks, but just wasn’t fast enough to get to the winner. Was able to edge clear of a cluster of horse to finish second, including the horse I’ve picked ahead of her in this spot. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Land Over Sea, and I would not talk any off of this horse in this race. However, I just think she is more of a “grinder” than a horse that has a big burst of speed, and I think those horses are beatable most of the time. I expect the same kind of closing kick from her once again, but believe Go Maggie Go might get the jump on her in this one.
#10 Kinsley Kisses – Given the connections, and the fact she stretches out for the first time in this one has me intrigued coming into this race. Last time out in the seven furlong Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland she suffered her first loss, but she has come back to have two solid workouts in a row including her latest which was a bullet on May 13 at Saratoga. I believe that workout possibly led tot his entry, and I also believe Pletcher wouldn’t send her to this two turn event unless he had a good feeling she wanted to go this distance. At 6-1 off a loss against easier company she might get ignored, but I wouldn’t be shocked if she shows she is much better than her race last time out.
#9 Midnight On Oconee – Not sure why I just don’t give up on this filly. If it weren’t for Larry Jones I would have a few races ago, but with him being the trainer it always scares me. He is not one to just throw his horses in spots where he doesn’t think they can win. If you take out her race in the Fair Grounds Oaks she has been competitive in pretty much every race she’s been in. I’ll play her underneath given the respect for the trainer.
#13 Cced – Take out her sloppy track race at Oaklawn Park and she’s never ran had a bad effort. Obviously is going to have to step her game up considerably to compete with the top two, but a small improvement could put her in the mix for some minor rewards. Hate the outside post for her, but hopefully she breaks well and gets some kind of early position. It’s a bonus having Geroux aboard.
#2 Dothraki Queen – Like most McPeek horses this filly has been up and down, but her back class gives you a little bit of hope going into this race. She ran on the turf in her 2016 debut which didn’t turn out well at all, but her dirt races as a two year old give her hope. It’s tough to find a logical horse past the top two in this race, but this is at least a longshot you can play that has shown that she can compete numbers wise with pretty much anyone in the group. Maybe worth a small play.
#7 Downdraft – Broke her maiden last time out by nine lengths at Laurel Park, but this might be asking too much out of her today. I wanted to put her in the “Throw Outs” but was just a little concerned because its possible the light bulb has come on with her and she could run big again. Once you get past the top two this is not that strong of a race so it’s possible for someone to run big and pick up a nice check. She’s not all that illogical and at 30-1 is atleast worth a look.
#14 Mom’s On Strike – Pretty decent maiden ran for this one last time out at Oaklawn Park, but I hate that she’s drawn the outside today. If she can workout a trip perhaps she can make some noise, but it’s not likely.
#11 In the Navy Now – Finished ahead of A P Majestic in the local prep race for this one at Laurel, but was disqualified and placed second. Either way I didn’t like that race at all as far as producing a horse that can win this one.
#6 She’s a Warrior – Many will give her a shot because of her connections and her running lines where she faced Songbird and Land Over Sea. However, I don’t feel she has much of a shot here. Have never been impressed with her.
#8 Double Entendre – Lightly raced, and was beaten by over 10 lengths by Go Maggie Go in the Gulfstream Park Oaks. Can’t see her turning the tables today.
#1 A P Majestic – Won the local prep for this at Laurel via disqualification, but that race was not a strong one at all. A cut below.
#12 Flora Dora – She’s been beaten rather easily the last two times out against stakes company so I don’t see today being any different.
#4 Ma Can Do It – Ma CAN’T do it.