*Most Likely Winner of the Day* Race 1, 7 furlongs, the “Jersey Stakes,” 3yo – 9:30 AM EDT
Top Pick – #1 Ivawood 2nd pick – #16 Fadhayyil 3rd pick – #11 Sir Issac Newton
IVAWOOD (8/5 ML) has faced superstars Gleneagles and Territories in his last two starts, and Gleneagles rolled again in the Group 1 St. James Palace Stakes on Tuesday’s Royal Ascot program. A big field but this horse has the class numbers and the form lines to make him a very strong selection. #16 Fadhayyil (8/1 ML) has a great overall record with her only bad race was a thumping in the English 1000 Guineas against the top fillies in Europe off a long layoff. If she improves she can beat the other colts and complete the exacta. #11 Sir Issac Newton (12/1 ML) has been disappointing up to now but Aidan O’Brien is better than anybody at getting his horses to peak at Royal Ascot independent of current form or betting odds.
*Best Value Play of the Day* Race 3, 1 Mile, the “Duke of Cambridge,” 4 up Fillies and Mares – 10:40 AM EDT
Top Pick – #5 Euro Charline 2nd pick – #1 Integral 3rd pick – #3 Cladocera
EURO CHARLENE (9/2 ML) nearly won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last year over 1 mile. The Coronation is equal in prestige to where the Acorn or the Test are in this country. She also won one of the top races for female turf horses in the USA, the Beverly D. I see a mare with a lot of class who should be very hard to beat. I think she is spotted in this race after facing superstar Solow in Dubai for a “soft kill” for Team Valor. Integral (Even Money) is the local star who won the top filly and mare turf races last year in fine style. In her only start this year she was a close 4th to Days of Thunder and Toormore, who were both non-factors against Solow in the Queen Anne on Tuesday. She’s five years old now, and no promise she’ll be as effective as last year. Seems like a logical horse to try to beat. Cladocera (7/1 ML) was on a tear until she met Solow in Dubai. 6-4-0-0 on turf against females.