The highly regarded Godolphin homebred Speaker's Corner, second after setting the pace in the 1 1/8-mile Discovery S. at Aqueduct Nov. 27, turned back to a mile with a sharp, wire-to-wire tally under an aggressive ride from Junior Alvarado in the Hooper.
Fearless, four of six with two seconds in Hallandale, rallied from last of eight to finish a good second as the favorite in the Hooper. He previously posted a smart decision in the local GIII Harlan's Holiday S. Dec. 18.
“He's doing well. He usually does well here. He should be sitting on a big race,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I wish it were a little further, but it's the option we have.”
Trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. will saddle the trio of impressive Jan. 7 optional claiming comeback winner and 'TDN Rising Star' Collaborate (Into Mischief), last out Hudson H. Oct. 30 winner Ny Traffic (Cross Traffic) and Hooper fourth Girolamo's Attack (Girolamo).