FIFTH RACE - #10 CAT TALK
Cat Talk seems ready to stretch out and win after a couple of better-than-looked sprint efforts earlier this meeting. Bred to handle the turf and the extra distance (Tale of the Cat), the Gallagher-trained colt retains Gomez and should be on or near the lead throughout based on the improved early zip he displayed in his most recent effort. Forced to steady in tight quaraters while pressing a hot pace, the California-bred colt slipped back midway but kept to his task and finished with interest in that March 5 affair and since has trained forwardly to indicate another forward move is likely. Poorly drawn but offering value at 4-1 on the morning line, Cat Talk looks like a good straight play and rolling exotic single.
NINTH RACE - #4 WEST RULER x #6 SEPARATE FOREST x #7 SNEAK PREVIEW
In a very competitive downhill turf dash for fillies and mares, we'll go three-deep in our rolling exotics and use all three in an exacta or trifecta box. West Ruler returned off a long layoff to beat a state bred filly down the hill last month in convincing fashion, and a similar performance today makes her a solid threat right back. The Sadler-trained daughter of Tribal Ruler has three easy drills since that race, so she should be primed for another big effort. She does, however, lose Rosario, who for whatever reason winds up on Good Vibration. Separate Forest has proven winning form down the hill, ran very well with some trouble in a similar spot last month, and should be in the thick of things again under P. Val. At 8/5 on the morning line, the O'Neill-trained filly doesn't offer a whole lot of value, but you have to use her. Sneak Preview is the stranger danger in the field and looks quite attractive at 8-1 on the morning line. She was a very good two-year-old overseas and has never finished off the board in just six lifetime starts. Her local works are quite good for Carava (better than the final times would indicate) and she has shown in the past the ability to fire fresh. Beware.