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Thursday, June 25, 2009

From Canada to Belmont to Winner’s Circle

The restricted Sabellina Stakes for older state-bred fillies and mares on the turf is an interesting mile and a sixteenth featuring some very nice mares, indeed. Horses of interest are Southside Babe (12-1), Remarkable Remy (4-1) and Pastel Gal (7-2).

Southside Babe makes her first start for the Kiaran McLaughlin/Alan Garcia team with a steady workline, competitive figures, inside draw and debut in New York-bred company. She owns tactical speed and kick and would be a bargain at early line odds.

Pastel Gal, an uncoupled entrant from the Barclay Tagg barn, finished well too late in her course return when third. She earns competitive figures with some consistently given today’s scenario and goes well for Jose Lezcano. She likely will be finishing fastest of all.

But we’re thinking Remarkable Remy will get the jump on her late run rivals after stalking comfortably from mid-pack beneath position conscious Johnny Velazquez. She raced deceptively well in her season’s debut in a Canadian G2 now returns to the state-bred ranks on her favorite course.

Remy’s won half of her six starts at the distance with two money finishes and has worked twice since that stakes in her second start for trainer Malcolm Pierce, a profitable 20 percent in that scenario.

Taking Remarkable Remy to win at 7-2 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas and in trifectas with her rivals here, adding Absoulute Heaven (5-1) to the tri mix.

Running Totals: (449) 135-94-59 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

That’s What She Said

Today’s Belmont Park feature is a competitive one, featuring some talented state-bred grass fillies that could turn out to be effective in open company as well. We find the most interesting to be Offhand Remark (7-2) and also-eligible Acquired Cat (6-1).

Offhand Remark, reuniting with Johnny Velazquez, has done her best racing--if performance figures are the measure--at Belmont Park, showed excellent development in her 4-year-old debut at today’s distance, and figures to get a good stalking trip with her tactical speed.

Acquired Cat showed marked improvement off the Galluscio claim and never has taken a backward step on turf. She suits the prevailing conditions nicely and could fall between the parimutuel cracks and provide value.

Taking Offhand Remark to win at 3-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Acquired Cat, should she draw in. Trifecta players can add another AE, Crazy Catlady (12-1) , and favorite Speed Dating (3-1) to their mix.

Running Totals: (448) 135-94-59 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Seen Any Good Movies Lately?

Two stakes races at Belmont Park today feature two short-priced favorites; Legal Consent (1-1) in the Mike Lee and Cocoa Beach in the restricted Floral Park Heathen Stakes. Both will be difficult to beat. But while Legal Consent looks more well intended than the very classy Grade 1 winner Cocoa Beach, we still believe the state-bred sprinter is more vulnerable.

Legal Consent’s last was extraordinarily fast and while trainer Carlos Martin has given him sufficient recovery time, we can’t visual this sprinter coming back with the same energy, especially given today’s added sixteenth of the mile.

Slevin, meanwhile, last his last at the break when extremely fractious, which caused a horrendous start racing last of eight much of the way. But when set down, Slevin took off and finished third, losing it all by less than two lengths.

The 3-year-old Belong To Me gelding has improved since stretching out for Carl Domino and today’s switch to Rajiv Maragh augurs well for the upset.

Taking Slevin to win at 5-2 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with Legal Consent.

Running Totals: (447) 135-93-59 Total Dollar Return: $943.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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