Race 7: 1 1/17 Mile. (Outer Turf) Clm 30000n2L
*#2 K. K. Ichikawa (6/1) – He ran ok closing into a moderate pace last time and had a strong gallop out. The extra 1/16 of a mile will help him today and Rosario takes the mount for Nevin, who he rarely rides for.
Race 8: 6 Furlongs. S.Alw 72000n1x
#8 Riken (6/1) – #7 Saratoga Pal (8/5) is clearly the one to beat in here, but the Conductor likes this gelding as the best of the speed. He has a strong early pace advantage in here and you can throw out his last race on a sloppy track. He’ll be the one to catch turning for home.
Race 9: 1 3/8 Mile. (Turf) G3 Red Smith Stakes
#8 Ziyad (9/2) – He didn’t have the easiest of trips last time parked wide behind a slow pace and still finished well. He had been facing much stronger across the pond and should improve in his 2nd start in the US.
#5 North Dakota (10/1) – Also exiting the Sycamore Stakes, he was stuck on the rail in the stretch. He would have been right there with a clean trip and he continues to progress.
Race 10: 1 1/16 Mile. (Outer Turf) S.MC 40000
#7 Open Lengths (10/1) – His debut was rained off the turf along with his last and he had a sloppy track effort in between. He will finally get a chance on the surface he was meant for today and he adds blinkers. In an open race, he has upside.