Old Time Hockey
Talk about a turf fiend.
This Smarty Jones son (whose dam was sired by his majesty, A.P. Indy) loves the grass under his hooves. He's won two of his four races on the turf, posting a 100 speed figure his last time out in a $54,000 allowance at Betfair Hollywood.
The knock on Old Time Hockey is his inexperience. He's never raced at $100,000 and has no stakes races to his credit.
This could be a coming out party for the Florida-bred, but a win would be surprising.
Longview Drive is at home at this distance. He doesn't necessarily like the surface, nor has he been extremely successful, but at least he'll be comfortable running a mile.
He's started in five stakes races this year including the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes and the Grade 3 Sham Stakes. He finished second in his last start, but has no wins this year.
The tough competition might have prepped him for this race, but he'll need to run on-lead the whole way. With great horses to run against, I think Longview Drive will come up short.
As what seems to be the token foreign-bred in the Oceanside Stakes, Tones has a pretty good shot at surprising the crowd.
He eats up the turf and has raced at the $200,000 class. He's 2-2-2 lifetime on the surface and is trained by the successful (if not infamous) Doug O'Neill.
Not many people will recognize Tones, but don't be shocked if he's challenging down the stretch.