Today’s feature at Belmont is the restricted Naskra’s Breeze Stakes, limited to older state-breds going a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf. We’ll concentrate on several performers; from the inside, out: Dave, Sabellina and Retribution.
Dave (5-2) is one of the logical favorites. He hails from a very live barn for owners that won Sunday’s finale on the turf. Dave has kick and a modicum of positional speed. Nicely drawn inside, he attracts JR Velazquez and trainer Barclay Tagg is profitable with returnees from a five-week layup. Classy, he fits this group very nicely.
Sabellina (10-1) is interesting because she is a female vs. males from a live, underrated turf barn and attracts turf ace Garrett Gomez, whose chilly grass style fits the mare perfectly. The six-year-old is a four-time winner on this course and finished well too late in a recent sprint prep for this. She’s now set for best.
Retribution (9-2) should provide excellent value relative to his chances for victory. A three-time Belmont winner and somewhat of a distance specialist with two wins at the route, he enters this off a two-sprint regimen, a profitable scenario for trainer John Hertler.
Hertler has an excellent record in non-graded stakes as well and reaches out for the aggressive Cornelio Velasquez. Retribution is the dominant speed who will control tempo here.
Taking Retribution to win at 4-1 or greater, an exacta key box first and second with Dave and Sabellina, and a trifecta key box, in all spots, adding Classic Pack (15-1) to the mix.
Running Totals: (58) 29-12-9 Dollar Return: $168.10 [win selections only]