Tim has picks for Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, and Thistledown on Thursday.
#4 Delp (5-1) comes off a closing third-place finish at this level and distance at Oaklawn in April in his first start since being claimed by Tom Amoss. Son of Include has won 1-of-8 career starts and Amoss wins with 39% of his runners second off the claim. Gelding can be along from off the pace under Graham, who has won with two of his last 10 rides for the barn.
Trainer Colebrook wins with 15% of his runners second time off a layoff and saddles #10 Sea of Hope (7-2), who may have needed his latest when third in his first outing in more than a year. Son of Quality Road has a record of 4-1-1-1 on grass and Colebrook has won with two of his first 11 runners at this meet. 4-year-old can be in good early position with Lanerie remaining aboard.
Maidens going 7-furlongs include #7 Kid Shelleen (5-1), who debuts for 19% first-out trainer Cox. Son of 12% debut sire Cairo Prince is a half-brother to four winners and has been working well at Keeneland for Cox, who wins with 28% of his runners overall in maiden claiming events. Gray appears ready for a good first outing with Gaffalione in the saddle.
Steve Asmussen wins with 18% of his first-time starters and saddles #6 Wardenofthenorth (10-1), a debuting son of Posse. Gelding cost $80K as a yearling and has been working forwardly. Dark bay looks live with Irad Ortiz taking the mount.
#8 Devant (10-1) gets extra distance off a closing fifth-place finish at Churchill last month. She was making her first start after a short break last time, and the chestnut won the Prix Miesque (G3) as a juvenile in France before joining trainer Motion, who wins with 17% of his runners second off a layoff and with 15% of his starters on grass. Daughter of decent European sire Showcasing can be running from off the pace with Jose Ortiz up.
Newcomer, #10 Moniques Daredevil (8-1) has a good win early pedigree being by 15% debut sire Daredevil, who is out of a mare by Tiz Wonderful (18% win with debuters). Chestnut is a half-sister to one winner and trainer Rice wins with 19% of her runners making their debut in maiden claiming events. Tabbing the chestnut to win at first asking with Lezcano.
A competitive field for the Tiller S. includes #1 Standard Deviation (4-1), who has not been seen since finishing a good second in Qatar in February, his first outing for trainer Motion. Son of Curlin closed to finish third in the Hollywood Derby (G1) over 9-furlongs two back and has been working well. Motion wins with 20% of his runners that have not raced for 90+ days, and 4-year-old has a record of 6-2-1-2 on grass. He can be along from off the pace under Velazquez, who has won with four of his last six rides for the barn.
#9 Trapshot (9-2), who was a touch unlucky when making his second start at Mahoning Valley in late-January last time out. Son of Trappe Shot is a half-brother to three winners and makes his first outing for trainer Radosevich, who wins with 23% of his runners that have not raced for 90+ days. Gelding will be running from off the pace with Bracho.