Belmont June 18

Race 1      6-2-5

Dariel was claimed last out by Abby Adsit and seems to have taken to the BEL dirt. Fiery Cat seems a little better on a wet surface but has run well enough on the dry track to get consideration. Midnight Champagne comes off a short layoff for the capable Michelle Nevin.

Race 2      3-2-5

Positively Royal goes for the always dangerous Pletcher. Truly Bound has a nice series of works for her debut. More That Lily has a start for Asmussen where she showed good speed.

Race 3      4-1-5

Bet the Power has been consistent and looks live for Jacobson today. Classic Salsa is the other Jacobson runner and will play catch me if you can with the field. Nubin Ridge is better than his 10-1 ML suggests. Races prior to the last on the turf suggested he is competitive in this group.

Race 4      1A-6-8

Despite the dismal record Disanto has, Lotza Heat has competitive figs. Castellano stays and that is a positive. Crescent Street looks like he may enjoy the cutback in distance. A Marked Man has learned how to finish close and needs to learn how to lead to the wire.

Race 5      6-2-4

Cosmic Coincidence looked strong at this distance on the BEL dirt and can string good efforts together. Noble Doss led at the mile call last out. Was claimed by Linda Rice. Likes the distance and BEL. Call for the Clock is best at the mile, looking for the first win in the Nevin barn.

Race 6      1-10-7

Big N Toasty ran well in a minor stakes last out where she wasn’t able to hold at the mile distance. Hoping the cutback is beneficial. Scatcapade has been looking to break through at this level for a while. Irad stays the trip and that is a positive. Lady of Victory looks like six furlongs is her best distance; has the numbers to compete here.

Race 7      1-7-4

Valuetempo ran well in a NW2 event ten days ago and takes on open company today. Blazing Truth takes a stiff drop today. Has one win in one try at the distance. Now We Are Free is another one dropping in search of a win. Perhaps a one turn race will be the tonic.

Race 8      6-4-5

Bakken has two wins, two places in four starts at BEL. Last race produced field topping figure. Catron has been off a year but with Pletcher in his corner that is of little concern. Hasn’t run a bad one in his career. Loki’s Vengeance comes off a win in a state-bred stakes and looks to be in good form for this one.

Race 9      4-2-9-3

Let’s finish with a bomb. 15-1 ML Holy Week ran poorly in a MSW last out, but is actually pretty well bred for the surface and the distance. Showed improvement when switched to the Turner barn. Takes a drop in class and just may surprise this group. Bugle Blues goes second time at a route and should benefit from the experience. Space Oddity has one turf start and it’s a dandy. Brother O’Connel ran reasonably well first out this year and should improve today.