With Ginger Punch you get Sugar Swirl as part of the Frank Stronach entry which, while not as accomplished as her mate, is 2-for-3 at seven furlongs and 1-for-2 at Belmont Park with Garrett Gomez for trainer Bobby Frankel.
Bill Mott starts George Steinbrenner’s Sweet Fervor (2-1), a talented four-year-old homebred and a three-time winner at this specialized sprint distance, including a Grade 2 stakes, and is 1-for-1 at Belmont Park.
Nothing But Fun (12-1) could make things interesting. She, too, is a distance specialist and is a Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 placed. She comes off a lifetime pace top in her prep for this and might land a share in the six-horse field on the stretchout.
But Ginger Punch is the most probable winner. She’s Grade 2 placed on Polytrack at the distance but recently was gaining ground to miss by a neck to Take de Tour in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at 8-½ furlongs over the track. Frankel is a profitable 27 percent with his turn-backs.
Taking Ginger Punch to win, no price restrictions, exacta key boxes with Sweet Fervor and Nothing But Fun, extra ticket with Ginger Punch first.
Running Totals: (56) 27-12-9 Dollar Return $156.00 [win selections only]