07/10/2010 10:54AM

Monmouth: The Long Branch down to 4 runners

EmailThose two scratches in the Long Branch Stakes (Colizeo and Wildcat Lake, who will now presumably run in the Barbaro at Delaware Park) reduced the field to four, and also greatly hurt the chances of closer Nacho Friends, as both were speeds. Trappe Shot and Latigo Shore are the main beneficiaries but I'm sticking with Nacho Friend, the longest price of the four. He was compromised by race flow in his last couple, and though that's a possibility again today he does add blinkers, so he should be closer than usual, and the possibility of a wet track adds to his appeal, since he broke his maiden in the slop at Monmouth.