Tim Holland looks at Gulfstream Park and Monmouth Park and adds a bonus pick for Prairie Meadows Sunday.
Trainer Hamm wins with 21% of his runners debuting in maiden claiming events and saddles #10 Thechromeweknow (10-1), a first-time starter by California Chrome who is out of a mare by Speightstown, whose offspring win 16% of their first outings. Gelding posted a sharp 3-furlong work in :36 2/5 from the gate eight days ago and can win at first asking under Prado, who won with one of his last four rides for the barn.
Maiden claimers include #2 J Z My Man (5-2), who makes her first start for trainer Loza after giving way badly at Churchill when facing better in late-June. Loza won with three of his last 10 runners first time for his barn and son of American Pharoah is a half-brother to three winners. Gelding figures to be in front early and tough to catch with Zayas in the irons.
#11 Contained (9-2) came up empty when unplaced in her debut over 6-furlongs at Belmont in July. Trainer Duarte has won with seven of his last 21 second time starters and daughter of freshman sire Flintshire is out of a half-sister to In Lingerie, who won the Spinster (G1). Bay should show improvement at this longer distance with Batista riding.
Chad Brown wins with 27% of his runners that have not raced for 46-90 days and saddles #7 Assiduously (7-2), who weakened to finish third after taking the lead early over 9 furlongs in his latest at Belmont last month. 3-year-old has won one of four career starts and Brown has won with 37% of his runners at this meet. Bay can be in good position from the start under Gallardo, who has won with three of his last six rides for Brown.
Maidens going 6 furlongs include #6 Pirate Rick (4-1), a debuting son of 10% first-out sire Liam’s Map, who is out of a mare by Scat Daddy whose offspring win 16% of their first outings. Gray cost $350K as a yearling and has been working well for trainer Kelly Von Hemel, who wins with 23% of his first-time starters. Gray appears ready for a good first outing under Roman, who has won with 23% of his rides for the barn in the past 60 days.