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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


The Belles of Belmont


It appears that in today's Belmont feature for fillies and mares sprinting 7F on the turf that Linda Rice's hot roll will continue.

Clearly, Ballerina Belle (5-1) has all the tools. Fastest on performance figures, she ended her 3YO year with a strong mid-race move to win at 6F in very fast time.

On May 11, she started her season where she left off, a strong finish second after dropping far back early in her Widener debut, earning a figure that indicates she has made the transition from 3 to 4 in good order.

Given sufficient recovery time, Jose Ortiz can push whatever button he chooses from the filly's inside draw.

Taking Ballerina Belle to win at 3-1 or greater and key-boxing her in exactas with turnback Roses for Romney (4-1) and course/distance lover Lawless Miss (8-1). Also adding AE Weave (15-1) to the super-exotics mix if she draws in.

Number of Selections since 2007: 1553

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 474-296-240

Amount Wagered: $3,106 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,211.00

Profit to Date: $105.00

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Sunday, June 22, 2014


If She Doesn’t Get Stuck in Fort Lee…


Both division of the New York Stallion series for the colts and for the fillies are both skull-busting exercises. Therefore we're throwing deep in the second division that has attracted a large field of fillies featuring every style imaginable.

But now matter how it's viewed, the pace figures to be strong and the winning done by a late runner. Of those, it' the New Jersey-based Old Harbor (12-1) that's appears most interesting.

Her figures quickly improved when switched to turf, first showing speed when blinkers were added going a mile then finishing gamely late while racing between fillies in the stretch turning back to 6 furlongs.

The mini-stretch to 7F and the removal of blinkers suggests this is the spot her trainer has been pointing for at this meet. Her outside post suits, she has enough speed to maintain contact with the speed and her recent blowout at her Monmouth base was 3rd fastest of 93 peers at the trip that week at the Shore track.

She'll need some racing luck but then so will all of them.

Taking Old Harbor to win at 10-1 or greater and key-boxing her in exactas with Selenite (8-1) and Traipse in Utopia (20-1)

Number of Selections since 2007: 1552

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 473-296-240

Amount Wagered: $3,104 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,196.40

Profit to Date: $92.10

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Saturday, June 21, 2014


Giant Killer on the Case


When the fillies in the G1 Ogden Phipps were going down the backside, with a large personal stake in the performance of Princess of Sylmar, I was happy to see the lively pace but, at the same time, wondered why the rider on Classic Point (8-1) was shooting ducks on the backstretch run.

I'm not sure, but I'm pretty certain those tactics will have her ready for best today, and the fact that she's dropping into a Grade 3, the Bed Of Roses, and turning back to her most effective distance. She doesn't necessarily need the lead and her outside draw gives Junior Alvarado some options.

Taking Classic Point to win at 5-1 or greater and key-boxing her first in the exacta with Street Girl (7-2).

Number of Selections since 2007: 1551

Number of Win-Place-Show Finishers: 473-296-240

Amount Wagered: $3,102 [to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $3,196.40

Profit to Date: $94.10

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