We were looking great going into the last race yesterday and because one of my horses scratched we had the favorite twice. Both horses would be looking to bring us home a comfortable $316-$425 but alas, it was not to be as we ran 2nd and third. Our early double came in again yesterday and we just missed on the Pick 5. Early post time today plus a chance for a Triple Crown winner. This is a very hard sequence today.
I like how Van Dyke is riding lately and with that in mind I’m going with #5 Attack who ran second and just lost on dirt in his last. He tries turf today and has turf in his bloodline. #7 Unusually Big moves down in class for Protor and would have Stevens riding if he were not in the Belmont. Baltas sends out #10 Magna Rex with Prat riding. Bejarano rides #11 Passinaflash with Bejarano.
In Race 9 a great name and fast works means I am of course using the #10 Seeking Shamrocks who cuts back today and could wire these. This post is also 4 for 7 at the distance. #5 Swissarella posted a fast workout last week after a 6th place finish but she did win here at a big price in March. #3 Desert Thief was second last out at a big price with a lot of gas in the tank and today’s stretch out means we have to use.
In race 10 the favorite The Gomper comes from the ice cold barn of Hollendorfer, a rare statement to be sure! He moves down in class from a G3 and runs on turf for the first time. At 7/2 being the favorite tells us its another tough race! #2 Toowindytohaulrox has a troubled trip last out for red hot D’Amato and this jockey/trainer combo is winning 36%. #6 Son of War just missed off a 3 month lay off and drops for today’s race.
#2 Upbeat Tempo is moving down in class today. The favorite is #10 Cartagena who adds Lasix, drops and switches to dirt and posted a fast workout but wow trainer Mandella is throwing the kitchen sink at this one to get a win. I’m surprised he didn’t put an apprentice on board for a weight break too! Bejarano rides #12 Gemmabeto who lost to an outsider riding here today (#4 Crawford The Crook who you can if you believe he won’t bounce). If you have some coin to spend today there are a couple of bombs to look at, the one I just mentioned and #5 Spirited Jacob. He debuted at 2-1 and ran 7th, then ran 8th and has now been claimed by Belvoir and posted a fast work last week.
My ticket will cost $54
Doing all the selections will cost a hefty $90 but could pay big
A cheaper ticket costs $36
Another Best Bet winner yesterday! Today I am going with a firster from Hollendorfer in race #2, Midvale Magic with Bejarano on board. Hollendorfer is due to heat up and last year he was red-hot with first time starters.
Double Race #1
Double Race #2
5 with 5
Belmont $1.5m Late Pick 4 $36 Cost