Well beaten in this race last year, Jersey Town returned to something like his very best when winning the Grade 2 Kelso at Belmont last time. SHACKLEFORD finished runner-up on that occasion, his second start after a layoff, but Dale Romans' charge seems to need a couple of outings to put him right as when winning the Grade 1 Metropolitan in New York earlier in the season and a repeat of that effort would make him hard to beat. The progressive Godolphin-owned colt, Emcee, looks a real threat if staying the extra furlong after landing a Grade 1 at Saratoga last time but Tapizar has plenty to find with the selection. We may not have seen the best of the three-year-old's Delegation and Fed Biz yet as both have recorded respectable speed figures this year and have scope for improvement.
Rail Trip (USA) 11-1 (8-7) 3wd into str,weakened, 4th of 9, 8l behind Game On Dude (8-12) at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 1f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
Delegation (USA) 5-4fav (8-3) Jostled,held driving, won at Woodbine(USA) 1m 1f Group 3 stks (3yo+) in Oct beating City Wolf (8-7) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Jersey Town (USA) 8-1 (8-4) 2p 5/16, drifted out, won at Belmont Park(USA) 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep beating Shackleford (8-9) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
John Scott (USA) 7-5fav (8-12) Off bit slow,3wd turns, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Lucky Primo (8-5) at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 3yo stks in Oct.
Fed Biz (USA) 6-5fav (8-12) Duel 2w, gamely, hung, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Neck 'n Neck (8-12) at Hoosier Park(USA) 1m 3yo Grp 2 gd in Oct.
Shackleford (USA) 19-10 (8-9) Near ins, tested 1/4pl, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Jersey Town (8-4) at Belmont Park(USA) 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Emcee (USA) 6-4fav (8-12) 3p,chilly to 1/4,clear, won at Saratoga(USA) 7f fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Sep beating Hamazing Destiny (8-12) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Tapizar (USA) 11-2 (8-5) Bump brk, duck in turn, 6th of 9, 21l behind Jersey Town (8-4) at Belmont Park(USA) 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Second City (USA) 16-1 (8-12) 4w, pulled along,tired, 10th of 12, 9l behind Neck 'n Neck (8-12) at Hoosier Park(USA) 1m 3yo Grp 2 gd in Oct.