TVG Expert: Rich Perloff
Pimlico, Race 5
1. REAL NEWS
3. WAR FILM
REAL NEWS will be racing around two turns for the first time in the Murphy, but his pedigree says that a mile should be within his scope. He’s by THE FACTOR, who won the Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn, and his half-brother, GOOD MORNING DIVA, won the Calder Derby. REAL NEWS was a clear-cut second best in the Palisades Turf Sprint at Keeneland last out, when he chased Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint champion BULLETIN to the wire.
EONS improved a ton with the addition of blinkers in career start #3, and another step forward puts him squarely in the conversation against these.
WAR FILM also appears to be on a pretty steep upward trajectory for trainer Steve Asmussen. He hasn’t show much early speed in his three starts this year, but he can come home in a hurry.
Top Pick for Preakness: WAR OF WILL
Money Back Special for Preakness: ALWAYSMINING
Top Pick for Black-Eyed Susan: ALWAYS SHOPPING
Money Back Special for Black-Eyed Susan: SWEET DIANE
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