More correctly, go for East at Belmont Park, as in the Christophe Clement-trained filly in Saturday’s featured Pebbles Stakes.
This, of course, is a guess, but we like to think it’s an educated one. We’re well aware that Chad Brown will saddle the two overnight favorites in this one-turn mile and the longer Chad, Seek and Destroy, is good value at 3-1.
Whether she’s fully cranked or not, we don’t believe that East can be denied at this level. How many more examples does any handicapper need to see before recognizing that the Euros just smoke a different kind of grass?
The Frankel filly won two starts at 2 but is 0-for-3 this year. But she exits four consecutive Group 1s. Her only defeat last year came in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf when she roared home for second behind the precociously unstoppable Newspaperofrecord.
So, in light of the significant class relief, the fact she acts over any ground and is reuniting with Lasix is enough for us to take a win ticket; 2-1 at minimum. I’ll box an exacta with Seek and Destroy.
With thunderstorms in the forecast, Todd Pletcher’s MTO, Bellera, looks unbeatable should the race be moved to the main track.
FRIDAY RESULTS: Pending