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Friday, June 19, 2009

Contingency Plans Featured

The odds as we write this 23 hours in advance of post time for today’s feature race at Belmont Park are even money that the “non-winners of 3 other than…optional claiming sprint” will remain on the Widener turf course.

If it does, we’ll take the other 50-50 proposition, Redefined, half of the Michael Dubb et al-owned coupling with Silver Timber. Either/or, actually, and why Redefined?

Because he’s won half his 10 starts at the distance (with five placings!) and half his 18 starts on the turf. Nothing short of remarkable, and both he and his mate are fast enough on performance figures to prevail here.

If, however, it is rescheduled to the main track, we’re taking the fast absentee Tsali to be ready in his first start off the bench for Nick Zito. With only nine starts, this five-year-old obviously has had his issues, but he’s won fresh and is blew out rapidly for this.

So, on turf, we’re taking either or both halves of the Dubb-owned entry to win and, on dirt, we’ll take Tsali to win. No price restrictions on either.

Running Totals: (446) 135-93-58 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Jessica No Rachel But Can Do Here

In today’s Belmont feature, we’ll be testing the axiom that weight can stop a train with one twist--the absence of same can help a filly defeat colts.

In fact, that’s exactly what Meriwether Jessica (3-1) attempted in her recent season’s debut in another overnight stakes, the Dedicated Rullah, but perhaps she can make amends in another restricted sprint stakes, the High Sky at 6 furlongs on turf.

She just missed catching today’s race favorite, the hard hitting Redefined, who runs as a entry with the sharply improved Silver Timber, the entry a formidable favored coupling at 2-1 on the overnight night.

While not as fast on performance figures as her male rivals, the Linda Rice trainee will be getting five and seven pounds from her favored rivals, which levels things up a bit, plus she’s returning at her favorite course and distance.

‘Jessica’ is 2-for-4 at Belmont and 2-for-3 at the trip, never finishing worse than third and second, respectively. Rice and Cornelio Velasquez have been warming up as Saratoga season approaches.

Taking Meriwether Jessica to win at 5-2 or greater, boxing her in the exacta with either or both halves of the entry, and adding price shot Gimme Credit (8-1), who figures to improve off his last, to the trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (446) 135-93-58 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rollers Will Like This Setup

The good thing about highly competitive races is that no matter which horse you land on, the chance are good you’ll get a playable price. Such is the case in today’s secondary allowances/optional claimer at Belmont Park.

As you might expect from a sprint race at this level, there is no shortage of early speed. That would seem to give a tactical edge to Rollers (3-1), Mucho Macho (4-1) and Digger (12-1).

Rollers goes from turf to dirt for Barclay Tagg and leading rider Ramon Dominguez takes the re-ride. When last seen at Belmont Park at 3, he was placing gamely behind the very rapid Stormin’ Normandy.

A return to his best performance figure would easily win this and he has the tactical speed and position to take advantage of prevailing conditions.

Mucho Macho is working well for his return for the hot Jimmy Jerkens barn and his style suit’s the race shape. Digger is a speedster but is coming off a cyclical pace top and will be a big price.

Taking Rollers to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (445) 134-93-58 Total Dollar Return: $938.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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