Friday, July 06, 2012
Make ‘Em Cry Uncle
Today’s featured eighth race at Belmont Park, the Chasin’ Wimmin Stakes for older state-bred sprinters has attracted a salty group, a handful of hard-hitting old pros, and if recent form and improved early speed means anything, Uncle T Seven (5-2) has this group over a barrel.
Claimed out of a two turn route on the inner track, Dutrow cut hih back to 7 furlongs, which always has been his best distance historically, and was almost immediately able to get him back within close range of his lifetime best efforts.
Last out he was forced to move early from the rail position, a New Pace Top that was too taxing an effort, and it compromised his kick, but he easily held a wide margin over the show finisher.
The shift to a more favorable middle post, a switch to Dominguez, the turnback to six furlongs, the presence of sprint-speedy rivals and a seven-week freshening all augur very well.
Taking Uncle T Seven to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing him first and second with price shot Bambi Bound (15-1) and the fresh Belmont lover, Driven By Success (6-1).
Running Totals: (1110) 342-214-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]