They will meet in Saratoga and online betting plans around the world for Saturday’s Travers Stakes, the midsummer Derby. But it is the personal ensign of the 10 race that can have the most competitive lineup on a 13 star race map. The Personal Ensign has attracted some of the best in the Distaff Division, rightly for a race named after the undefeated Hall of Fame mare.
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Depth of field :
Grade 1 winners abound with SWISS SKYDIVER, LETRUSKA, HARVEY’S LIL GOIL and DUNBAR ROAD. Level 2 heroines include BONNY SOUTH, AS TIME GOES BY, and MISS MARISSA. 3rd year winners include ROYAL FLAG and GRACEFUL PRINCESS. This first class group does not have a wide range in terms of schedule quality; they have mostly all fought at the top of the division, although it is difficult to dispute the game plan SWISS SKYDIVER has attempted and the success it has accumulated.
LETRUSKA is one of the highest quality speedsters we have seen in the Distaff division in recent years. Those who are trying to pressure her figure to be AS TIME GOES BY (with California speed), MISS MARISA in class and maybe even SWISS SKYDIVER. It is a difficult task to put pressure on LETRUSKA and to close the deal; so from a pace point of view, it looks like either LETRUSKA up front or a closer one to benefit from it.
LETRUSKA has won 3 in a row on 3 different tracks. She wired the Shuvee that 1-1 / 8 mile distance at Saratoga last summer, eliminating any concern that she would follow her “trail” with her on that next move. You’ll have to soften it up to beat it, and it’s not easy. There is a certain speed inside, namely AS TIME GOES BY (post 2) and SWISS SKYDIVER (post 4), so there is a chance that she will have to work for this in the corner of the clubhouse or lose ground. With jockey Jose Ortiz taking his seat aboard SWISS SKYDIVER, the mount on LETRUSKA goes to Irad Ortiz, Jr., who led her to victory in the Apple Blossom against champion Monomoy Girl.
SWISS SKYDIVER finished in a very good fourth place in the Whitney against the boys just 3 weeks ago. But this race was not in her initial plans and diverted the way of training due to a quarantine in her barn which kept her out of action. While quarantine has nothing to do with her or her Ken McPeek team mates, it could have an impact on the Personal Ensign. Running time is tight after such a relentless effort in the Whitney when he was forced to do the dirty work of hitting the blazing, lonely speedster that day, Knicks Go. She will benefit a lot if IF TIMES GOES BY takes this attacking role on Saturday by fighting with LETRUSKA. She must have hunted that one in the Apple Blossom this spring, SWISS SKYDIVER was left empty late.
Quality closures here include DUNBAR ROAD, Alabama’s 2019 winner on this track for Chad Brown’s reborn barn in Spa; ROYAL FLAG, already winner of course and distance issues in the aforementioned Brown Barn competition; BONNY SOUTH, last year’s finalist in Alabama and recent colleague of the star of Travers Essential Quality, which shines brightly in the morning; HARVEY’S LIL GOIL, last year’s Alabama third behind SWISS SKYDIVER and BONNY SOUTH, who has been turfing lately but raised his hand in the morning; and GRACEFUL PRINCESS, the royally bred Havre De Grace Horse of the Year daughter, and recent winner of the Monmouth Stakes with a flashy 112 BRIS late.
Most Exotic Competitors:
LETRUSKA leads 6 in a row and has a track / distance victory. Its speed takes away a lot of variables. She may be exhausted on the winning side, but, if so, she is trustworthy to continue fighting in exotic lands.
Best Longshot Alien Competitor:
BONNY SOUTH will be an inflated prize after missing the ignition on the land of Delaware Park which often stumbles out of city dwellers with its unique qualities. She gets 4 books from favorites and a breakneck pace to rally on what could be a huge day for Brad Cox’s outfit.
Send it ($ 100 bankroll):
$ 80 win SOUTH BONNY. Exact box at $ 10 BONNY SOUTH and LETRUSKA ($ 20).
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