Belmont October 24

We’re off the turf again. How about spending a few bucks putting a proper drainage system in the turf?

Race 1     9-8-10-3

Both of the MTOs were vanned off after their last race, 7 Touching My Toes at SAR in July and 10 China Gold last year at AQU. Neither one looks particularly dominant here, especially given China Gold demolished a MSW field by 6, was switched to the Linda Rice barn (a trainer who I think prides herself on rehabilitating injured horses), and is dropped to $40K claimers today. 9 Verisimilitude had some trouble at the gate in his first two starts and drops down today for Steve Asmussen. He should be able to handle the moist track.

Race 2     2-4-7-5

2 Private Label has a high wet track rating and ran a good race first out on the dirt. 4 Guggenheim has a good figure, a high wet track rating, and a nice second last time out. His works say he’s ready. 7 Jazz Player had a little trouble last out but has a string of very impressive works since that race. He’s a big threat today. 5 Talent show takes the blinkers off. Was claimed last out by Greg Sacco and may catch a piece.

Race 3      10-2-9-11

10 Private show held the lead last out before faltering in the stretch. Adds Lasix today. Albertrani horses usually need a race. 2 Flight to Quality is a first timer for Todd Pletcher. Has a high wet track rating, and Speightstown is productive with 2 year olds. 9 Whatever You Want ran well in the MCL ranks last time and could catch a piece. 11 Amazon King is a firster for Chad Brown who is always dangerous with debut maidens.

Race 4     9-1a-7-3

9 Lunar Rover ran away from a field on a muddy SAR track in July and led most of the way in the Ontario Derby. 1a Sublime has a high wet track rating; took some time for him to break his maiden, but perhaps now that he knows how to win he’ll keep it up. 7 Sea Raven won at SAR on a sloppy track and came back at BEL in September to finish third. Has some talent. 3 First Bid is the other MTO and is one for three on the wet track.

Race 5     8-6-9-10

8 Zo Zo woke up when dropped to MCL last time and could improve enough to win this event. 6 Harlan’s Six has had a lot of trouble in her three races and with a clean trip the drop from MSW could be enough for her to turn things around. 9 Midnight Champagne takes the blinkers off today. Had a poor start last out but rushed up and stayed wide  before tiring in the stretch. 10 Runningtheshow is a firster for Nick Zito. Has a good series of works for her debut.

Race 6     2-1-9-8

2 Saint Finian was claimed two back by Terranova and stays in for a switch to the muddy dirt. Has the wet track rating to do well, and drops down a notch today. 1 Three for Me was running well in the slop at SAR when he clipped heels. Should improve today. 9 Kodiak Kody has some good dirt races, although none on a wet track. Has the figures to compete. 8 Sunlover not much on the win end but has better prospects to be in the money.

Race 7     5-8-6-1

5 Touch of Paradise adds Lasix in his third start. Stretches out today for Albertrani. 8 Organic Gemini is a first timer for Steve Asmussen. Has an immense wet track rating and a nice series of works. 6 Interior Secretary had a troubled beginning in his first out. Was bet a bit in that race. Love the workout since that one. 1 Kool Kat Strut made a nice close in his last race, adds Lasix today.

Race 8     9-3-4-5

9 Round has a win and two thirds lifetime. Had a troubled start last out but maintained interest to the end. Rosario/Mott combination hits at 24%. 3 Duval has looked good at Parx and CD. Has plenty of tactical speed and has 3 thirds in four starts on a wet track. 4 Big Guy Ian has been in with tougher and is entered today at a level he can win. Johnny V in the saddle is an upgrade. 5 Dyker Beach is a useful horse with a lot of trouble cracking the winners circle. Finished second in half his starts and is a good prospect to get a piece of the purse.

Race 9     6-9

6 Associate is great on wet tracks and with only three other entrants should get bet way down. 9 Great Attack should complete the exacta.

Race 10   6-8-9-1

6 Chase This Bandit was second on a sloppy track last out . No reason not to expect an equally good run today. 8 Hundred Percent puts the blinkers on today. Last race was better than looked, especially since Thank You came back in two stakes races. 9 Risky Sour goes firs time for Patrick Kelly. He hasn’t been particularly effective but I like the breeding and I like the workouts. 1 Freud firsters have been fairlyeffective. Ryerson nothing special first time out, but neither is this field.