04/11/2008 9:40PM

Weekend opinions

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Jenny Wiley:
This is a top-notch field, and you can make a legitimate case for most of them.  I'm going to try and go for a big price with Arravale.  I know, I know, she hasn't done much since winning the E.P. Taylor and Del Mar Oaks as a three-year-old, but I think she was thrown in some overly-ambitious spots last year while clearly not in top form.  She took on the boys in the Woodbine Mile (only beaten five lengths), and was eliminated in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf when another horse bolted in her path.  Does she have anything left at age five?  I don't know, but I'll find out at good odds.  Bit of Whimsy takes on older horses after winning three graded stakes last year, and as a lightly-raced four-year-old, she still may have some upside.  She won the QE II over this course last year, but I didn't like how she hopped back to her wrong lead in the closing stages of the Mrs. Revere at Churchill.  Sealy Hill picked up the title of Canada's best turf mare from Arravale in 2007, and she fought hard when losing the E.P. Taylor to the hard-hitting European Mrs. Lindsay.  I have a feeling she'll fire fresh for Mark Casse.  Precious Kitten blossomed as a four-year-old with big wins in the John C. Mabee and Matriarch.  She ran well over this course in the First Lady, and had similar problems as Arravale in the Breeders' Cup. Her tactical speed gives her an advantage in a race without much early zip.  I've never really been a Lady of Venice fan, but she really likes this course, and switches to Edgar Prado.  Steve T's nemesis, Rutherienne, is eight for ten lifetime, but has only raced once since last fall, and she had to summon all of her class to beat weaker in the Genter at Calder.  She may need a bit more pace help up front.
Selections:  Arravale, Bit of Whimsy

Quick and Dirty Selections:

Instant Racing:  Oh Lovely, Euphony, Day of Victory

Commonwealth:  Forefathers

More importantly, who do you like this weekend?  I'd like to know.

In a bit of a rush this evening so I'll have to cut this blog short.  Next time, I'll get to your questions and comments, and post some of the lifetime pp's you asked for.

Good luck this weekend!

Dan