The third at Belmont is a preliminary allowances/optional claiming for 3s & up going a mile and a sixteenth. There are two returning from long layups--no knock since each are from McLaughlin and Pletcher, respectively, Pletcher's Street Thug (4-1) making his first start for this barn. Not to mention Chad Brown's recent runoff winner, All That (2-1), who won by nearly 5 despite being bias compromised.
But it's Bill Mott's Ghost Hunter (6-1) that interest us most. A late developing 3YO, his best races have come on dirt and today goes AW-Turf-Dirt makes his third start off the layup, a worthy 26% efficient for this barn. That, coupled with improved early speed in last and a switch to Alvarado, a popular choice for this barn.
Even though it's a small field, take Ghost Hunter to win at 9-2 or greater and key-box with McLaughlin's Long River (7-5), dropping from graded stakes, Street Thug, All That and price shot Cool Under Fire (30-1), a recent wet-track loving claim.
Number of Selections since May, 2007: 1396
Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 427-264-212
Amount Wagered: $2,792 [to win only]
Total Dollar Return on Investment: $2,908.00
Profit to Date: $116.00