By Rick Francis —-
Race 10), 1 Mile. (Inner Turf) Fourstardave H. Grade I. Purse $500,000 INNER
TURF A HANDICAP FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD
Post Time: ( 6:28)/ 5:28/ 4:28/ 3:28
ADVANCED FORECAST: Chance Rain Showers, High 77 Low 62
Ballagh Rocks (1), Mott/Lezcano; exits an “erratic” neck score in the G3 Poker over a yielding Belmont turf; placed and showed in three attempts here.
American Patriot (2), Pletcher/Velasquez; winner of the Grade 1 Makers at Keeneland didn’t much care for the Ascot crowd last out, finishing well back in the Group 1 Queen Anne; how much the trip took out is yet to be determined.
Time Test (3), Brown/Castellano; has finished second as the favorite in last two, the G3 Ft. Marcy and the Grade 1 Manhattan; beaten fave’s next out for Brown, 29 percent.
Sassy Little Lila (5), Cox/Saez; filly takes on the boys for the first time and hasn’t finished worst than second in her last seven starts; tall order but has the skills.
Disco Partner (6), Clement/Gaffalione; winner of three straight and in last two produced this field’s most recent highest speed figures; catches and clears late.
World Approval (7), Casse/Franco; faded in the Manhattan; millionaire is always a threat at the highest level, and though his best distance maybe a furlong farther, the turn back here makes him dangerous.
Selections: 6, 1, 3, 7