Well, I think he is finally realizing that a possibility of a graded stakes win will look much better along with that classic placing, and considering the gate set up, he has a better chance of not leaving his race at the gate since they load in on the backstretch for the Woody Stephens rather than the homestretch right in front of the crowd for the Belmont. Also at 7 furlongs, he may be able to work up in the gate and still get home. Honestly, I will probably bet against him in either race.
I am also sort of flummoxed by all the talking heads calling Tonalist's work out great. I just don't see how being outworked by a partner that is probably a grade 3 horse at best is a great workout.
Of course, if Social Inclusion goes in Woody, then that pretty much leaves California Chrome and Samraat as the lone "speed" in the race. Tonalist was on the lead in the sloppy Peter Pan, but I am not sure he would be as comfortable at the clip that CC and Samraat can gallop at out of the gate. Granted he could pull an Eddington /RH10 and try to burn CC out.
This post was edited on 6/2 at 1:00 pm