Saturday, April 28, 2012
Never Too Early for Spa City Fever
Today’s six horse feature at Belmont Park, the Carr Heaven for state-breds going a mile and a sixteenth in the fourth race is tough and it’s trappy.
First, there are six horses, mostly racing at the top of their form. They are sharp, in good hands, including those of the riders. Yes, a six-horse rider’s race; that’s what makes it trappy.
Mike Hushion has been on a tremendous run for what seems like forever. And in Spa City Fever (7-2) he has a gelding coming up to this off an incremental career best effort with seven weeks of recovery time.
He can set the fractions of follow from close range, which is likely the tack that Rosie Napravnik will take, given the other speed types entered. The shift back to Belmont probably will help as well.
The other 6-year-old gelding, Inherit The Gold (5-2) owns consistently best figures on the Equiform scale and has won half his four lifetime starts at this trip.
Fiddlers Afleet (6-1) was claimed from his last at Santa Anita by John Sadler—and he shows up in New York for a small state-bred stakes and attracts Johnny Velazquez. Considering Sadler is a profitable 30% in first start off the claim. Could he be better meant?
Taking Spa City Fever to win at 3-1 or greater and key boxing him in multiples with his two rivals here.
Running Totals: (1070) 329-210-160 Total Dollar Return: $2,262.40 [win selections only]