Veneti makes her second start off a layup and that’s a good thing, considering trainer Tom Albertrani is twice as effective when his horses have had a race off a layoff. As for Veneti, she prefers today’s added distance, reunites with Eibar Coa, undefeated aboard her in two starts, and she picked up where she left off last year on performance figures. That makes her explosive here.
Altesse, meanwhile, is the only female to have won at Belmont Park, and she’s done it twice. She hails from a team on a roll, McGaughey and Prado, who took Sunday’s Peter Pan Stakes, and is as explosive as her rival, matching her three-year-old top in a recent season’s debut. Like her main rival, Altesse has tactical speed and the kick to carry her lick all the way. This tough, competitive field will be as much a rider’s race as a horse race. And it won’t make you rich, either.
Taking Altesse to win; making an exacta box with Veneti.
Running Totals: (27) 11-7-7 ROI: $66.40 (win selections only)