By Dave Litfin
Shadwell Turf Mile (Kee, race 10, 5:49 ET): Well, it would be just plain silly to leave out the Shadwell Stable-owned Qurbaan (7), wouldn’t it? Especially since he overcame an eventful start to get up for a nose victory in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2T) in his United States bow and has followed up with a pair of bullet workouts.
Neither can we let the 3-year-old Analyze It(9) get away without us in this situation. After three stretch-long battles from nine to 10 furlongs, two of those against Catholic Boy, the subsequent winner of the Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1), he figures to benefit from the cutback. Moreover, he showed an electrifying turn of foot taking the Kentucky Utilities Transylvania Stakes (G3T) over a yielding Keeneland course to begin the season.
Any give in the ground looms a potential drawback for tepid morning-line choice Heart to Heart (5), and also for Almanaar(11), who was notched all five of his turf wins on firm turf.
As the saying goes, horses can get bad trips from good posts and they can get good trips from bad posts, so at a price we’ll hope the latter scenario falls into place for Bound for Nowhere(14), who has won all five of his U.S. starts including the Shakertown Stakes (G2T) on soft turf at Keeneland.
A – 7, 9
B – 5, 11, 14