Belmont June 26

Race 1      6-2-4

Pure of Spirit has not run a bad race in a while. Even though she had trouble at the start in her last she tried hard throughout and made up ground the whole way. Ortiz stays the trip. Welcome Speech was claimed last out by Gullo who bumps her up a bit for this run. Last race figure suggests she’s competitive here. Tizallheart is stronger in the verticals than in the win slot.

Race 2      4-5-2

Tiztalented improved second time out and looks strongest in this group. Fine Instincts has been close in her five starts and is certainly talented enough to win. On the Trail didn’t have the best start last out but still ran a decent race. With improvement is a factor.

Race 3      6-8-2

Lubash has been dominating this group for a while and there is no reason to expect he’ll let up today. Notacatbutallama has tangled with Lubash before, usually on the losing end but still has talent and must be respected.

Race 4      1-4-2

Underthemoonlight has raced well at this level previously and has the figures to compete here. Samus ran well with winners when moved to the turf. Drops into a much easier spot here. Busted Handle has his lifetime best on the turf and is worth a look at 10-1 ML.

Race 5      6-5-2

Snake Pit comes off a strong win over at FL. Has been competitive with far better in the recent past and looks on top of this field classwise. My Adonis drops in half in price. Last race was better than looked and he figures to be contesting at the end. Rockford goes turf to dirt and Englehart is 33% with that move.

Race 6      8-6-1A-5

This race is a very competitive affair with maybe half the horses having legitimate claims on the win slot. Glacken Too was in graded stakes company last year and has looked good in two OC events in 2015. Has won on the front end but also shows some versatility. Noble Cornerstone makes his 2015 debut in this race and the works say ready to go. Johannesburg Smile comes off the long layoff for DJ and was his choice after scratching his entrymate Classic Salsa. Previous figures say he has a real chance here. Manhattan Johnnie looks to be the best speed with the scratch of the 1 and is dangerous.

Race 7      8-6-4

Payment Terms ran well in his first out, pressing a quick pace and still having some finish left. Longisland Express has been showing speed but has lacked heart in the stretch. Ray Handel still looking for that second win and has a shot here at long odds. True Rate finished well last race and looks to be as fast as any.

Race 8      3-6-4

Equilateral looked improved in her second start on the turf. Fast enough to beat this group. Samantha Nicole had a wide trip in her first start with winners but managed to finish well. Should be coming at the end. Touch the Moon ran a strong maiden race and looks strong for her first try with winners.

Race 9      6-4-9

Mistaken Love hasn’t looked bad in her three starts and has some speedy figures, albeit on the turf. Still, breeding probably favors the dirt. Switches to Nevin for this run. Buckskin Doll has been off over a year and a half but retains the training service of Todd Pletcher who is strong with these comeback types. Showed promise in her one start as a two year old. Wild Street Girl improved when dropped to the claiming ranks by Abby Adsit. Fits well in this group.