Belmont Races 3, 6, 8
June 4, 2016
As there is no rain forecast, the MTOs have been ignored.
Race 3 9, 8, 1, 7
#9 Galileo’s Song Talented filly just broke her maiden going away with style last out. A $475,000 Keeneland graduate, from a winning barn/jockey combo and has been working consistently. On the rise and getting better.
#8 Achnaha Should be the heavy favorite in here dropping into the Optional Claiming ranks once again. Hasn’t won lately, and doesn’t exactly like the flash of the camera, but comes off the pace nicely and is most always in the money.
#1 Blame It On Me A filly who broke her maiden at Tampa. Why she wasn’t run at Gulfstream is a mystery except that maybe they didn’t feel she was quite good enough. Ran an impressive race there, making up almost 4 lengths on the backside and drawing off to win. An impressive effort first time out with an impressive trainer/jockey combo.
#7 Littlemissperfect Ran a huge one on the turf last out. Could surprise in here. She’s a hard-knocking, competitive mare and looks to be sitting on a win.
Race 6 1, 7, 8, 3, 4
#1 Spearhead A versatile horse who runs on multiple surfaces and likes them all. Has been training at Finger Lakes, where the track is notoriously hard, so he may appreciate the softer going on the turf today. Has plenty enough speed to put away all in here to steal the race handily.
#7 Tashreeh Demolished the field in his last start. Hasn’t shown he appreciates the turf, but ran very well on an off track. Will contend with #1, Spearhead, for the lead, but may opt to sit behind.
#8 Saratoga Hunter Doesn’t have the speed of the top two and should be right behind those 2 in the garden spot. Could pull off the upset if those 2 get into a speed tussle. One drawback is being a NY-bred in open company, but has shown he can run well in there, too.
The remaining field is up for grabs. Every horse has some type of issue that keeps him out of the winner’s circle, be it being laid up, coming in from lesser company and jumping up in class, and just plain not having the numbers to support a winning effort.
Race 8 2, 4, 8 (6)
#2 Camelot Kitten Coming off a winning move at Churchill Downs. Beat Azar in that same race by 5 1/4 lengths. A few months younger than Azar and more lightly raced. Third off the layoff can be a charm!
#4 Azar Trounced by Camelot Kitten at Churchill last out. They are the only 2 in the race, really. Everyone else can’t touch them in class or performance. Play 2-4 till the cows come home with everything else in here.
#8 Converge Best of the rest in here, although the #6, Dressed in Hermes, may ding dong with this one for place honors. A consistent boy who likes to be right there when the running begins. Can make up considerable ground.