4-10. Winners in the 3rd [$3.70], 5th [$6.70], 6th [$4.70], and 8th [$10.80]. Cold exacta in the 3rd [$17.00/$2]. Top three boxed in the 1st for exacta [$50.00] and tri [$134.50] -- with our fourth pick completing the super in that race [$597.00]. Top pick over third selection in the 8th for the $43.00 exacta. Top two flip-flopped for the exacta in the 9th [$10.00] and our third pick completed the $22.00 tri.
35,862 attended -- with those numbers inflated somewhat by 'spinners' on ballcap giveaway day. The weather was comfortable temp-wise -- but misty most of the early part of the afternoon. Towards the latter portion of the card it started to rain -- and between the 9th and 10th the skies opened up. But by post time of the 10th race nightcap the rain had mostly stopped.
Gracious Victory...Tepid pick in a contentious race. Didn't show much last time but had been running well this year prior to that. Expect a rebound.
Sophisticated Lass...Back to dirt and probably fits with these.
O'Sotopretty...Also returning to dirt and likely proper level.
Porcello...Has some precocious breeding and attracted nearly a quarter of a mil at 2YO auction. Worked a quick 10.3 prior to that sale.
Elsaroarin...Showed some life in first two and wouldn't be a surprise here.
Eire's Run/Ibboyee...Eire's Run preferred. Can build on the debut effort.
Most Happy Fella.
Overlap...Related to a couple stakes winners. Worked in 21.2 prior to sale.
Bridgetown...Win-early breeding and set to go well off of debut effort.
Pendulum...Also eligible to improve in second start.
On dirt: Same -- plus, In Just We Trust/Fayoum.
Seeking the Sluice...Had a string of improving Beyers broken last time with a troubled trip.
En Fuego...While this one is maintaining an improving Beyer pattern.
Chapin Beach...He seems better than his record implies.
On dirt: Same.
Zilva...Interesting Augustin runner might benefit from the first race education.
Crystal Ocean...A little bit of breeding of interest here. Could come out running.
Tapitsfly...Stretching and trying turf. Maybe.
On dirt; Same -- plus, Rendition, Leopard rock, CC Coco.
SIXTH RACE - Fleet Indian $80.5K
Karakorum Fugitive...Goes turf-to-dirt. Hasn't missed the board in eight starts.
Dance Gal Dance...The one to catch and beat.
Doremifasollatido...First time on dirt vs NY-breds since about this time last year. Dangerous.
Beam of Love.
Kristi With a K...Eight exacta finishes in eleven lifetime starts -- BUT, most of those were in the place-spot. Hmmm.
Viva La Flag...Beyers on the improve this year.
Pull Dancer...Might do well on the stretchout.
Senior Rita Lady.
On dirt; Lawless Falls, Cape Cod Girl, Esperanza d'Oro, Multipass.
EIGHTH RACE - Amsterdam G2 $150K
Everyday Heroes...Had undefeated streak snapped last time. Eligible to rebound.
Quality Road...Displayed impressive talent so far -- but will he need one off the layoff before returning to top form?
Custom for Carlos...Tossed a big number last time. For real -- or aided by Monmouth surface? We'll know more today.
Capt Candyman Can.
NINTH RACE - Tap the Admiral $70K
Strike Again...Improving and looks to be ready for this test.
Tamborim...Typically in the hunt since switching to turf.
Endymion...Tries grass but would be no surprise.
On dirt; Royal Vindication, Endymion, Together Indy, Southern Exchange.
Lone Cypress...Improving. Drops slightly.
Awixa...Showed some life dropping last time. Moves down another step.
Johnny's Surprise...Wouldn't have to be a world-beater to compete here.
Driven by Saarland.
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