On performances figures, the latter is fastest, consistently and by a considerable margin. The bad news is that most of those efforts were at shorter distances and she should high weight of 121 pounds from an outside post. Not easy.
Mohegan Sky returns fresh for Linda Rice as part of an uncoupled entry. The last time this filly raced fresh, she won, and she’s been training purposefully for her return. She loves Belmont grass, first or second in five of eight starts, including two wins at the distance. Javier Castellano fits her wide late-rally style.
But Angel Penna Jr. has returned with a vengeance this year and is profitable for a career in all relevant categories. The one that stands out is that he is a very worthy 47 percent efficient with repeaters. And Diamondrella is seeking her fourth straight score. She worked well since her latest and Rajiv Maragh rides her like he owns her. A repeat of her most recent effort wins this contentious sprint.
Taking Diamondrella to win at 5-2 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas and trifectas.
Running Totals: (292) 87-61-35 Total Dollar Return: $578.30 [win selections only]