After the MTOs are scratched should the featured race remain on turf, we’re down to a field of six in the 6th race at Belmont Park. And if speed figures are a measure—and they always are, early line favorite Kreesie (2-1).
There’s not a lot of speed signed on here and with the aggressive Jose Ortiz in the boot, the 4YO filly, a three-time winner on Elmont grass will always be in a position to win. David Donk trainee is the most probable winner.
But the mantel of best value will be carried Repatriated Gem (9-2). The 3-year-old will be getting eight pounds from the older favorite and Javier Castellano also has a gift for knowing what to do in a soft-pace two turner. She was a game second despite being pace compromised at this trip, on this course last out.
She ships in from Fair Hill for Michael Stidham (4-for-14 at the meet) coming off a sharp half-mile breeze.
We’re boxing this exacta with a win bet on Repatriated Gem at 3-1 or greater, and we’ll use price shot Style and Grace (10-1) to complete exotics.