I am telling you, RIGHT NOW…put Ready’s Image on your watch list for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. His easy eight-length win in the Tremont today—under a freaking hand ride, nonetheless—was impressive! His time of 1:02.86 was just off the track record of 1:02.26, and he was nowhere near full-out. The second and third place finishers were a bit of a surprise, as 25-1 longshot Izzy Speaking (Partner’s Hero-Moonshine Run) placed well ahead of 7-1 shot Twenty Eight Hours (Sky Mesa-Game Trick), with 5-2 Lantana Mob a ½ length back. Fort Drum started awkwardly and never had his late kick, while Nordic Wind did get the early lead, but soon fell back as Ready’s Image easily passed him. That seemed to dishearten him, and he finished seventh in the eight-horse field. In hindsight, Izzy Speaking should have been taken more seriously than 25-1. He has run twice, with a 97 Bris speed figure last out, second only to Ready’s Image’s 99. In addition, he ran a bullet work since then.
In the Astoria, my selection Snow Storm Lady was scratched. The odds-on favorite Dubit failed to catch front-running Glacken’s Gal who won by two lengths. My Mammy finished another four lengths back in third. Pure and Simple challenged early but faded to last, no doubt due to the lack of distance experience in previous run and training. Bridal Song really showed nothing, and only beat Pure and Simple. Halcyon finished fourth, but nowhere near the top three. According to reports, Pletcher mentioned the $100,000 Schuylerville S. (G3) on Saratoga's opening day, July 25, as a possible next start for Glacken's Gal.
In the Beverly Hill Handicap, 1-5 favorite Citronnade looked like she was just taking an afternoon gallop, effortlessly winning over 18-1 Andrea and 9-2 Naughty Rafaela. Memorette was scratched.