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PRE BIG DAY, ONE LAST MEH

…And not only that: Things have gotten so uninteresting that in Friday’s featured 7th at Belmont Park we’re giving the nod to an 8-5 second choice that bled last time out over the 7-5 early line favorite.

When last seen, Albertville was making her four year old and U.S. debut for Christophe Clement. She was first-time Lasix but that didn’t prevent her from bleeding. Clement did the only thing he could do; he gave her time.

This will be Albertville’s first start since finishing an even sixth on yielding ground behind the very dependable Fire Key, beaten three lengths.

Skipping Saratoga altogether, she returned to the work tab at Belmont on JUL 31 and has been in steady trainer since.

Clement is reaching out for Manny Franco, who is 2 for his last 11 rides for this barn, with four additional money finishes. She’s live.

We’ll take her to win modestly, maybe, assuming the layup and acclimation to new surroundings has done her some good. We have no idea what the price will be. We’re box an exacta with the Wesley Ward favorite, Mentality.

YESTERDAY: Results pending

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  1. Don’t understand why you find today’s 7th race uninteresting. For me any horserace that offers wagering is interesting. Mentality and Leah’s Dream seem to have a class edge over the other entrants. Why you like Albertville has me scratching; the filly from across the pond doesn’t strike me as anything special – now you have a reason to double your wager.

    I’m betting Kitten’s Covergirl for insane reasons: a) been away for a year, b) last two were stake races, and c) Kantamaci/Saez owe me from the fiasco of yesterday.

  2. Funny thing, handicapping. An unknown from across the pond is head scratching but returning from a year’s layoff is interesting. Not saying you’re wrong; just how this exercise is fascinating in the overall: Angles are in the eyes of the beholder. Game on; all the best, to our steeds and all the rest!

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