Today’s feature is also on the turf, only at seven-eighths of a mile, a preliminary allowances at seven furlongs that has drawn a full well matched field. There are a number of very logical horses. One is ultra-consistent on the Equiform scale, Belle’s Home, early line 7-2 choice and very difficult to fault going postward to George Weaver and Javier Castellano.
Then there’s Choosing, hindered by a very soft pace in last and can handle off ground very well. She’s 5-1 for Bill Mott and turf ace Eddie Castro. Platinumplus (15-1) turns back in her second start for Billy Turner after being used needlessly on the pace last out, a good scenario for the barn switching to Channing Hill. And Chad Brown has a Euro import, Dressmaker (10-1), who’s back on turf and gets first Lasix and Jose Lezcano.
Like yesterday, however, we’re looking for a horse that likes off ground and we’ve found one at a big price that also happens to like the course, sporting a record of (9) 2-2-1 on Belmont ground. Higher Incentive (15-1) is a huge price for the Contessa entrant with Cornelio Velasquez. Each of her best races have come on off ground, over three different courses, including Belmont, where she earned a competitive figure sprinting on firm ground. Her best can upset this group.
Taking Higher Incentive at 10-1 or greater and keying her in all money positions with her main rivals above.
Running Totals: (289) 87-61-33. Total Dollar Return: $578.30 [win selections only]