This is the time of the year when you can handicap a six furlong sprint and find that the entire thirteen horse field is stretching out. I love to handicap these two year old races, even though it's like tip-toeing through a minefield. Let's take a look at these precocious babies.
1. Shanghied Roo
He draws the rail in a Churchill sprint which is never bad. He figures to get the ideal trip tracking the leaders in a field packed with 4 1/2 furlong speedsters. If he can secure the rail behind the early speed, he will take a lot of beating. He is the most likely winner.
He will be out there winging with several others in here. If he can secure the lead on the rail, he will be plenty tough. Great workout on June 9th.
3. Baytown Glory
Wired a small field in a slow time and seems overmatched in here. Might be a brief pace factor.
4. Sir Truebadour
Wired a small field in his first race, then hung a bit in his last. Appears better bred for grass than dirt. He will be a pace factor but probably overbet.
5. Mr. Chocolate Chip
Big improvement 2nd out wiring a small field at Belterra, but this is a big step up. He will be a probable pace factor but doesn't figure to last long.
6. The Song of John
Decent in his maiden breaker, but came home very slow. Facing much tougher here.
7. Eye Cloud
Broke his maiden at Evangeline Downs, but these are so much tougher. May do better on grass later.
8. Mr. Granite
Embarrassed by some of these earlier, but then broke his maiden wire to wire at Presque Isle with blinkers added. He will be a pace factor. If he clears early, he could get a piece at a long price.
9. Tales of Chaucer
Ran a very fast race in the mud at Belmont. He is working lights out and will certainly take some beating in here. As we work are way further and further outside, it does get tougher on the speed horses.
He has run three pretty solid races though none of them was very fast. He has an excellent three furlong breeze in preparation for this and he figures to get a reasonable outside stalking trip in here. Though not the most likely winner, he will be on all my tickets.
11. Toothless Wonder
He is one of the main speeds and will be out there winging. It's asking a lot for him to clear and get over to the rail in here, but if he does he could be long gone.
12. Cat Addiction
The closer in a field packed with speed, but he is moving up and has a terrible post.
Nice maiden breaker at Indiana Downs, but these are tougher. He has an awful post, but if he can tuck in without losing too much ground, he could be in the superfecta.
With all the speed in here, I see Shanghied Roo as the horse to beat. He should get the perfect inside stalking trip. I will also be using Dalliance and Overanalyzer on some wagers.
Good luck everybody!