BELMONT – 4/30/22
RACE 6: 2-9-1-10
#2 GATHER THE FACTS is a firster by More Than Ready, whose progeny hit on debut at a 10% clip. The dam here did the majority of her running on turf and is a half to NY bred turf stakes winner Akilina. There’s reason to believe this one is ready on debut given her worktab, and this barn has been on a tear in NY since February (41%, $2.42 ROI).
RACE 7: 3-5-6-7
The last outing for #3 SOUTHERN DISTRICT was eye-opening in that he exploded late to win going away. He had hinted at having serious ability on dirt prior to that performance, but he seemed to finally put it all together. The ultimate goal is undoubtedly stakes engagements, and he can continue on that path with another score here.
RACE 8: 2-4-8-10
On more than one occasion, #2 SANDRO THE GREAT was favored in turf races where he was expected to break his maiden. That elusive first win eventually came on dirt, and he now returns to the weeds with a cozy inside post. Jockey Luis Cardenas can likely put him just off the pace waiting to pounce in the late stages.
RACE 9: 11-6-1-3
#11 THERAPIST may be a little long in the tooth, but deserves one more chance in his 2nd start off a brief layoff. Save the West point, this late running son of Freud was up against it pace wise in virtually every start last year. He is at his best at or around 7 panels and the pace should set up for him this time around. You’ll get a square price to boot.
RACE 10: 6-7-1-11
The 2nd dam of #6 GEORGE’S GAMBIT is a half to Eclipse Award winner Bernardini, so there’s real pedigree power here. This gelding is working well, as evidenced by the 3 bullet drills in the last four moves. He meets a suspect field with experienced runners that hardly inspire a great deal of confidence.
BELMONT SPRING-SUMMER STATS: 18-4-4-3 $34.00