Damn, coming off a rough weekend it would have been nice if Thursday’s Belmont feature offered some clear signals as to which way to go. It didn’t, so the only alternative is to seek a value with a chance.
This resembles Belgrano (10-1). Forget the early line, not that it’s bad; he rates to be a price. But it’s Johnny sticking with a horse that was buffeted a bit in midstretch last time but showed grit and a turn of foot.
So we’re going against the Chad Brown favorite but the one that worries us most is Tide of the Sea (4-1) who had dynamics conspire against him for 11 furlongs in a small field in Saratoga.
He wasn’t necessarily wide throughout but neither did he see the fence at any point. His recent Saratoga turf breeze was meant to sharpen him a bit and the slight cutback should get more out of his kick; Rosario will help, too.
We’re going on record with Belgrano–5-1 or more would be only fair and we will box an exacta with ‘Tide.”
YESTERDAY: Irish Danzing chased and raced Time Limit into defeat, but couldn’t hold Fierce Lady–who couldn’t hold off Naked Avenger’s last run; a disappointing third.