What a poor excuse for a feature race, which is not Brad Cox’s fault. But it’s come to this at Belmont Park: a starter allowance on the turf at a mile and a sixteenth, after the MTOs are scratched, will be reduced to a field of five.
Of the quintet, two are trained by Cox; the faster, classier Dream Passage (3-5), and her uncoupled mate, Out of Trouble (5-2). The former is a Horse for Course (10) 3-3-1. Her mate is better at the trip, 2-for-8 and 2-for-15 at any other distance.
What separates them is that the favorite is getting back to what she does best: one turn. She was 0-for-3 rounding two at the Spa but previously 2-for-2 at Belmont with a one-bend dynamic. I’ll go on record with her to win.
Betting could be another story as her mate is tempting, capable, and very likely a better price. But she would have to be at least her early line odds in the win pool.
One thing I know for sure, we will key-box exactas; Dream Passage with her mate and Rosebud’s Hope (4-1), a consistent filly for Michael Stidham, extra ticket with Dream Passage first.
YESTERDAY: Now in the Big Apple, I had three hours to think about Gypsum Johnny’s performance in yesterday’s feature. It would have been a stretch to think he would have raced on top of the pace, but to lose contact with the field?? Never a threat, he finished off the board, flying at the finish way after the fact. Seek the replay at your ADW of choice.