TVG Expert: Simon Bray
With no standout in this year’s $1,000,000 TVG.com Pacific Classic, it makes for a true handicapping challenge. Along with that challenge comes the potential for rewarding payoffs. Two of the top three morning line choices are shipping in from out of town.
Seeking the Soul will go favored as the most accomplished runner in the field. He’s well-travelled, but the majority of his success has been made at Churchill Downs, his home track. Quip, a close second to Seeking the Soul last out will be a pace factor in what appears to be a pace-less race. Quip runs well fresh and comes in off a nice break. He’s lightly raced and could be set for a big second half of the year.
John Sadler saddles two. Campaign has won two of his last three starts at 1 1/2miles so the 1 1/4mile trip shouldn’t be a problem, but those wins were against softer. Bejarano, who is having a strong meet, remains aboard and that tandem will be closing late from off the pace. Sadler’s second runner, Higher Power, will be the price play in the race. Although his last two races were on turf, he will handle the switch back to dirt as he possesses tactical speed, a plus against this group.
Pavel, a local hope, has competed exclusively in Grade 1 and 2 races in his last 12 starts. He will be positioned behind the leaders and making his move late.
Lastly, Mongolian Groom should not be left out of exotic wagers as he has been knocking at the door in his last four Graded Stakes dirt starts.
Here are my picks:
2) Higher Power
3) Seeking the Soul
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