The Classic: Game On Dude – This is the final list before the real thing, and I’m still not wavering with Game On Dude. His monster year is too hard to ignore.
The Distaff: Royal Delta – With Princess of Sylmar now for sure coming, things get very interesting. Was Royal Delta not fully ready to run last time out, or was Princess of Sylmar just that good?
The Mile: Wise Dan – Would kind of like to bet against him, but I still feel too confident in him on the turf. Will be interesting to asses his competition.
The Sprint: Secret Circle – After much debate within myself, I’ve decided to take a shot with Secret Circle. He was great off a long layoff last time out, and might improve off that race.
The Filly and Mare Turf: Dank – So impressive on Arlington Million day! Very confident in this ones chances.
The Turf: Big Blue Kitten – Even though he lost, I think this one is doing so well. Thought he was much the best in the Hirsch, and know the mile and one-half will be to his liking.
The Juvenile Fillies: Untapable – Loved her win at Churchill last time out, and she definitely has room for improvement off that race. Asmussen two-year olds have been dazzling this year.
The Juvenile: Strong Mandate – After jumping off the band wagon for a week, I’m back on it this week. You have to think he’ll rebound from that poor effort last time out, and jockey Joel Rosario hopping aboard is a huge plus.
The Turf Sprint: Mizdirection – Defending champion will be tough to beat on the downhill turf course. She’s never been beaten on that track.
The Filly and Mare Sprint: Book Review – She can compete with group with a top effort, and the favorites are worth a shot against in here.
The Dirt Mile: Verrazano – Now that his stable mate Graydar is heading towards the Classic, Verrazano looks tough in this spot.
The Juvenile Turf: Bobby’s Kitten – Super performance in his first Stakes try. He was MUCH the best…feel really good about him.
The Juvenile Fillies Turf: Testa Rossi – Incredible last to first run in the Miss Grillo Stakes. Chad Brown horses on the turf…can’t go wrong!
The Marathon: Blueskiesnrainbows – With Sky Kingdom not pre-entered, this race is a total mess. We think Hollendorfer is worth a bet at what should be a big price.