Friday: Arlington race 7 update

I previewed the Arlington 7th in the latest edition of Chicago Railbird.  Unfortunately, a field of 12 has now been scratched to a field of 6.  The scratches include original top selection I Am Another, as well as a couple of the speed horses, the more credible Honour Camp and the more marginal Tillicum.  The smaller field and the scratch of some of the other speed makes likely favourite Dom the Bomb a bit stronger.  However, Do Not Enter remains in the field, and if he is in any way the same horse he was two years ago, he stands to have enough early pace to at least give Dom the Bomb some challenge early.

With that, Reigning Catfish (my original second selection in the full field) gets the nod.  He is in strong form, has liked the Arlington poly, and should rally best out of anyone.  He will likely be the second betting choice — not a huge price, but possibly some value if Dom the Bomb is bet as hard as I think he will.

In this shorter field, another who gets a mention if he goes off at some kind of a price is Top Mention (10).  He should be tracking in the next flight early, in range.  He will have to take a step up to win this, but it will only be his second start, and his connections (trainer Michael Stidham and rider Mitchell Murrill) are strong.  Demand a price, but if the bettors ignore him, he is worth a swing.

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