Nick Shiambouros was on the mark when his best bet Art Collector won the Grade 1 Woodward in great style. Nick heads to Belmont and Santa Anita with two selections and a couple of Ante Post fancies for the Breeders' Cup...
"He won a Fairyhouse maiden earlier this summer and appears to have a bright future on the southern California circuit"
Annapolis big improver
Annapolis should go close in this Grade 2 on the inner turf.
This beautifully bred colt was most impressive on debut when beating Nyquest Nix at the Spa last month. He swept to the front at the entrance to the straight, and steadily drew clear to win with the minimum of fuss. He is by War Front and is out of the graded Stakes winning Dam My Miss Sophia.
He has the pedigree to be a champion, and is open to significant improvement. Three of the last five winners of this race have gone on to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, so this is an important test. I have backed her at a generous 11.010/1 Ante Post on the Sportsbook. Anything around 3.02/1 will do for today's race.
Echo Zulu should take the Grade 1 Frizette (Race 9) on her way to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. She is unbeaten in two starts, and won the Grade 1 Spinaway in a romp at the Spa last month. I think she is the best two-year-old filly in the country, and the 5.04/1 Ante Post on the Sportsbook to win the Juvenile Fillies looks massive.
Silver Surfer worth another chance
I am going to side with Silver Surfer in this fascinating Stakes race on the turf.
This Carravagio colt caught the eye on US debut when finishing third to Mackinnon at Del Mar in a similar event. He held every chance a furlong from home, but was squeezed for room and failed to recover. I would not consider him unlucky, but certainly would have finished closer. He won a Fairyhouse maiden earlier this summer and appears to have a bright future on the southern California circuit. The brilliant Flavien Prat has the riding assignment. Prat is an excellent judge of pace and will play him late. BSP is recommended.
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