Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Today’s Belmont Park feature is a secondary allowances/optional claiming slate for 7 furlongs on the Widener Turf Course. But that seems problematical given reports from weather handicappers so that the eighth race could be shifted to the main track.
Should the race go on grass as scheduled, Surfrider (3-1) will be a very tough out. In his U.S. debut at Keeneland in the Grade 3 Shakertown, any chance of victory was lost after a slow start from an outside post going 5-1/2 furlongs. Nevertheless, he managed to beat half the 10-horse field.
With that race under his girth, the added distance, promise of some cut in the ground, a sharp work that was third best of 82 in his peer group at Belmont Park, the fact that trainer Eddie Kenneally has been white hot of late and a profitable 26% efficient with horses making their second start in his barn with Ramon Dominguez taking a return call, all of it augurs quite well. The bad news is you won’t get rich as a consequence.
Taking Surfrider to win at 8-5 or greater.
Running Totals: (1082) 333-211-161 Total Dollar Return: $2,290.90 [win selections only]