Race 1 2-5-7
Call Daddy has been struggling to find the winner’s circle but has figures to top the field. Slight choice. Salem Loop was in a fast paced turf race last out but prior to that he just missed on the dirt. Looks better placed at the MCL level. Mr. Canada is newly gelded. Took to the BEL dirt and seems to be talented enough to make a successful run in this field.
Race 2 3-7-2
Bet the Power takes a typical Jacobson drop by more than half in price. Has a high lifetime win percentage although not so much lately. Looking for the DJ magic to kick-in in the third start since the claim. Chilton finished 2014 on a three race winning streak and ran in a good one in his 2015 debut. With slight improvement he can lead this field to the wire. Love to Run loves to run at BEL where he is almost 50% in the win slot.
Race 3 5-1-4
Ecstatic Miss goes for low key connections which might might explain the 15-1 ML. Still, her last race on the turf was better than looked, and she seems well suited to the surface. Worth a look at the price. Persnickety seems more suited to the sprint distance and ran very well two back at a slightly higher level. Will need to make sure she doesn’t have trouble finding a lane in the stretch. Spectacular Me was claimed off the win last out by Klesaris. Jumps up in price but figures say she is competitive with these.
Race 4 1/1A-7-4
The Godolphin entry of Cavallucci and Godrevy looks strong. Godrevy had a start in 2014 at GPW and comes back off an average series of works, albeit with first Lasix. Castellano takes the mount and that is positive. Cavallucci has a long workout pattern, not necessarily something I like, but the last work was a nice bullet from the gate. McLaughlin is 20% first out. Private Show is newly gelded. May not have to worry about a killing pace today. Lots of potential. Gangster goes first time for Pletcher/Velasquez. Can’t ignore.
Race 5 6-3-8
Private Tale just won for slightly less. In good shape and likes BEL.Grandpa Len comes off a win at this level and should be right with the front runner. Lietenant Seany O is 6 of 8 in the money, although five of those were seconds. Figures to be part of the verticals.
Race 6 6-2-8
The Big Deluxe jumps into an ALW NW1X after winning a OC $40K last out. One of the speed horses, but has shown heart when pressed. Victory is Sweet just finished second in a stake at PIM. Improving three year olds are always dangerous and this one looks to have some talent. Joking has been close at this level his last three outs and figures to be one of the horses poised to pick up the pieces if the front runners falter.
Race 7 4-2-9
Resolute Babe goes for the hard luck Gregory Di Prima and new jockey E V Rodriguez. Had a huge win at BEL at this level last year and ran well first out in 2015. Worth a look given the 12/1 ML. Queenofzeenile gets good turf rider Jose Lezcano. Was a little over her head last couple and should appreciate the drop in level. Daisy a Day was jumped up after the claim by Nevin but is better placed today.
Race 8 5-4-6-1
Make a Decision likes the BEL turf and looks well suited to the mile and a quarter distance. Perhaps a little ambitiously placed here but the combination of BEL turf and distance preference makes him worth a look. Go Around broke his maiden at this distance in a strong time. Expect Mott to keep the horse approving. Sheldon was racing with graded company last year. Has been disappointing but looks to be on the improve. Request had some trouble in the stretch last out but still ran well for his first race of 2015. Hasn’t been the distance but seems to have some talent.
Race 9 10-9-2-8
Wonder Gal has been in nothing but graded stakes since breaking her maiden in a restricted stakes. No excuses in the Acorn but was still her top lifetime figure. The one to beat. Eskenformoney lost all shot at the start of the Kentucky Oaks but before that looked good in two graded stakes at GP. Should be pressing the pace and Pletcher is other worldly in dirt stakes. Include Betty will be coming from the clouds. Is the horse with a graded stakes win and can pick up the pieces if the front runner falter. Daness Deluxe has been improving. Will need some pace to run at but is certainly one to consider.
Race 10 7-9-11
Security Risk came close last out at KEE and has the best number in this field. Shinobi ran well first out and switches to Irad for this trip. Chad Brown wins with almost a third of his one start maidens. Doc Curlin barely missed last out and with small improvement has plenty of outs.