Hallandale Beach, FL, May 7, 2021 – The true opening day of the Belmont Stakes spring-summer meet has finally arrived.
At once that’s whimsical but true as important horses once again are running in important races on Long Island, with five graded stakes sprinkled among the attractive 11-race program.
The lone hinky aspect is an unfavorable weather outlook–and six of the 11 races are scheduled for the turf.
Of those five graded events and six grass races there are two, the G3 Beaugay, an apparent bridge-crosser for some nice fillies and mares, and the prestigious Grade 1 Man o’ War, events likely to remain on their intended surface.
And speaking of the Belmont Stakes, the G3 Peter Pan, often a harbinger of winning Belmont form, has attracted a half-dozen, of which three loom as potential “Test of the Champion” combatants on paper.
We’ll take a handicapping look-see at the 9-furlong Peter Pan, as well as another Grade 3, the Runhappy for sprinters on dirt. We’re back Saturday morning with more value spots, hopefully for both surfaces.
G3 RUNHAPPY STAKES Race 4
DESERVING FAVORITE: 3-Chateau (8-5)
EARLY LINE VALUE: 2-Town Classic (12-1)
EXOTICA: Exacta Box 2-3-4 [Firenze Fire (7/5)]
G3 PETER PAN STAKES Race 9
DESERVING FAVORITE: 2-Nova Rags (5-2)
EARLY LINE VALUE: 4-Wolfie’s Dynaghost (9-2) to win at 4-1 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box: 2-4-3 [Promise Keeper (7-2)]. Exacta Box: 2-4-6 [Risk Taking (7-5)]
MAIDEN ALLOWANCES Race 5
DESERVING FAVORITE: 5-Sinful Dancer (2-1)
EARLY LINE VALUE: 2-Thunderbird Café (8-1) to win at 6-1 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Key Box: 2 // 3.5.9 Exacta Key Box: 5 // 2.3.9 Trifecta Key: 5 // 2.3.9
G3 BEAUGAY Race 6
DESERVING FAVORITE: 1-Harvey’s Lil Goil (8-5)
EARLY LINE VALUE: 3-Nay Lady Nay (4-1) to win at 4-1 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box: 1.2 [Lemista (5-2)].3
G3 Vagrancy Race 7
DESERVING FAVORITE: 5-Honor Way (3-1)
EARLY LINE VALUE: 3-Victim of Love (4-1) to win at 4-1 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box: 3.5.6 [Pacific Gale (5-2)] Exacta Box: 3.5.7 [French Empire (7-2)]
Grade 1 Man o’ War Race 10
DESERVING FAVORITE: 1-Sovereign (8-5)
EARLY LINE VALUE: 3-Ziyad (6-1) to win at 6-1 or greater
EXOTICA: Exacta Box: 1.3.5 [Channel Cat (10-1)] Exacta Box: 1.3.8 [Gufo (2-1)] Trifecta Key: 1 // 3.5.8