Race 8, Grade II Hutcheson at 7 furlongs
- Two colts standout - D'Funnybone and A Little Warm. D'Funnybone could be a very special sprinter, his Saratoga Special win was well, special. He didn't belong on the fake stuff out left or at the Junvenile distance. Curiously, his works look like Dutrow, Dick that is, are setting him up for something longer. A Little Warmer got just that going fast in the Gulfstream slop in last. Dutrow, lesser know Anthony, has trained him up for a big score and his outside post and speed will suit him well on Saturday.
- Single pure and simple - the race, the pace and distance set up beautifully for Courageous Cat in his 4-year-old debut. He should track Jet Propulsion to his inside and possible Le Grand Cru, who is winless on green stuff. If you want to make money on this race put Vanquisher and Star Plus underneath in exactas.
Race 10, Grade II Fountain of Youth at 1 1/8 miles
- Jackson Bend looks to get no respect and I'm guessing he goes off much higher than his 5-2 morning line. Until he falters, I'll play him. A nose for the wire is a beautiful thing. I'm going to take a stand against Buddy's Saint, figuring trainer Bruce Levine may be in over his head with his first real Derby threat. Instead I'll include Eskendereya at 5-1 or better. He's got the tactical speed to rate just off Jackson's Bend shoulder and pounce at the top of the lane.
Race 11, Grade III Honey Fox at 1 mile on turf
- Your either going to have to spread five deep or single. I'll take the single with Romacaca who may rate just outside the overmatched Meadow Saffron or go to the front if given the chance. The only other speed that may contend comes from the 14-hole in Wasted Tears who starts her quest on the turn with 13 fillies and mares to her inside - that's a bet against.
The Play for a $1: 7-8/7/5-8/4 for $4. Good luck with your plays.