Trinniberg looks to defend his title but hasn't been the same horse in four subsequent starts since beating The Lumber Guy in last year's renewal. The latter warmed up for this behind leading contender Private Zone in the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont in September where Doug O'Neill's charge also beat Justin Phillip and Bahamian Squall. Justin Phillip had earlier won at the highest level at Saratoga with Gentlemen's Bet back in third while Fast Bullet, though outclassed in this last year, has improved since. Looking away from the collateral form, SECRET CIRCLE makes some appeal. He's never finished outside the first two and has won all three starts over today's trip. Bob Baffert's charge recorded a decent speed figure when scoring here on his first start for over a year and looks to have been trained to peak in this.
Justin Phillip (USA) 13-5fav (8-12) Bumped thrice lane, 2nd of 8, nk behind Private Zone (8-12) at Belmont Park(USA) 6f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
The Lumber Guy (USA) 9-2 (8-12) 3w turn,bumped upper, 7th of 8, 7l behind Private Zone (8-12) at Belmont Park(USA) 6f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
Gentlemen's Bet (USA) 2-1fav (8-10) Bumped start, 4th of 15, 2l behind Sum Of The Parts (8-8) at Keeneland(USA) 6f Grp 3 fst in Oct.
Majestic Stride (USA) 18-1 (8-10) Drifted in 1/8,clear, won at Santa Anita(USA) 6f 3yo stks in Oct beating Cyclometer (8-8) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Sum Of The Parts (USA) 12-1 (8-8) Inside, stayed clear, won at Keeneland(USA) 6f Grp 3 fst in Oct beating Laugh Track (8-10) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Bahamian Squall (USA) 5-1 (8-12) 3-4w turn, no rally, 5th of 8, 6l behind Private Zone (8-12) at Belmont Park(USA) 6f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
Private Zone (USA) 7-2 (8-12) Came out,bump 2x late, won at Belmont Park(USA) 6f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Sep beating Justin Phillip (8-12) by nk, 8 ran.
Fast Bullet (USA) 3-4fav (8-12) Stopped,returned sore, 7th of 9, 16l behind Strapping Groom (8-12) at Saratoga(USA) 7f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Aug.
Secret Circle (USA) 6-5fav (8-8) 3wd bid,led,drifted in, won at Santa Anita(USA) 6f clm stks in Oct beating Let's Get Crackin (8-8) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Wine Police (USA) 12-5 (8-9) Held sway, won at Remington Park(USA) 6f 3yo stks in Sep beating Alsvid (8-11) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Trinniberg (USA) 7-2 (8-9) Stalked pace, gave way, 7th of 8, 23l behind Points Offthebench (8-12) at Santa Anita(USA) 6f fll stks Grp 1 in Oct.
Laugh Track (USA) 10-1 (8-10) Bumped, squeezed st, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Sum Of The Parts (8-8) at Keeneland(USA) 6f Grp 3 fst in Oct.