Perfect Casting has been competitive at middle-sprint distances and has been training very well at his Saratoga base for layoff ace Christophe Clement, virtually as a first-time 4-year-old. Turning back to three-quarters should help his late kick and Garrett Gomez has a knack of timing late moves just right. But he will need pace help.
Hatta Fort makes his second turf start for Saeed bin Suroor, a profitable scenario, and earned the race’s best figure sprinting on the Keeneland Polytrack, which should augur well. It will, however, be his first start at today’s distance but won a listed stakes at 5 furlongs in Europe. As a maturing three-year-old, he gets the best of the weights here.
Redefine has been a remarkably consistent turf sprint, first for John Parisella and now for Tony Dutrow. He just missed in his season’s debut after making a sustained run, losing when out-bobbed at the finish line. A horse for course, he’s 6 for 14 on Belmont grass and 0 for 18 doing anything everywhere else. He earns good figures with consistency but has tended to regress off strong efforts.
Taking Hatta Fort to win at 8-5 or greater, keying him in exactas and, to a lesser extent, trifectas, first and second with his two main rivals here.
Running Totals: (226) 71-48-24. Total Dollar Return: $440.10 [win selections only]