BELMONT PARK – 10/8/21
RACE 1: 5-2-4-1
In a race where the experienced runners inspire no confidence, #5 SARATOGA GAZE is an interesting firster. This filly is by 8% debut sire Laoban and the unraced dam has dropped four turf winners including stakes winner Saratoga Treasure. She appears to be training well and has the meet’s leading pilot aboard too.
RACE 2: 4-8-1-2
#4 THE GREAT DANSKY is a major pace player today coming off a solid effort against 12.5k sellers at the Spa. He is a threat to go the distance if he gets command, and his low percentage rider scored a win here last Saturday with aggressive tactics. You’ll get a square price here to boot.
RACE 3: 4-2-1
#4 DREAMS OF TOMORROW was a tremendously impressive winner here going a mile back in May. That win came against weaker, but this colt seemed to handle the one turn configuration with alacrity and is now back in a winnable spot following two stakes tries. There will be pace to set up his late rally as well.
RACE 4: 2-5-1-9
The early speed of #2 EVERYBODYLOVESLINDA makes her the one to beat first off a trainer change. She set a robust pace before getting collared late last time out, and the winner of that race came back to snag a stakes placing (albeit beaten a distance) at Churchill. Aggressive tactics would help her cause today.
RACE 5: 10-4-6-2
The disqualification of #10 SARATOGA CHROME in her last start was likely justified, but she was clearly best in that field. She is the one to beat today facing a similarly weak field to the one she did on August 25. There’s enough pace signed up with runners stretching out to set up her late bid. The only negative is her post.
RACE 6: 3-5-2-6
#3 REGAL QUALITY goes second off a claim after enduring a wide trip last time out. He raced on a day when saving ground was a necessity, so the wide trip was nothing short of a death sentence. This is a realistic spot class-wise and he figures to be just off the early pace.
RACE 7: 2-3-1-6
#2 FUNWHILEITLASTED should have earned a stakes score two starts back, if not for a premature move that got her nailed on the wire. She came back to fare poorly against much tougher and is now in an ideal spot class-wise for Kent Sweezey. She should be in position to settle and make one run, which she did when a good 2nd going this trip here in June.
RACE 8: 2-8-5-4
When a good trainer claims with intent, it is worth noting and that’s the case with #2 CLEVER FELLOW. New trainer Horacio DePaz undoubtedly saw an opportunity to run this gelding on dirt again after limited opportunities to begin his career. He has the speed to stay within range from the start and is going to be a square price as well.
RACE 9: 6-4-5-10
#6 CLASSIC LYNNE got into trouble in the stretch of her debut, bumping rivals repeatedly before getting caught in traffic late. She now adds blinkers on the stretchout in distance and figures to be the pacesetter in this field. She has trained forwardly since her last, and has the right pilot on board for this type of race flow.
BELMONT FALL STATS: 124-31-18-17 $263.40 ($2.12)