New York is my kind of town. Even though I was born and raised in Kentucky, I love the “Big Apple.” Let’s get down and find some runners, and be sure to find them for all of the exotic action that is allowed.
Belmont Park – Sunday
Race #1 – #5 Flying Sappho (7-5)
Ramon Dominguez in the saddle for Rudy Rodriguez. They have teamed for a staggering 56% win and an 89% ITM. 8/16 ITM at Belmont. 7f cuts back to 6f on the turf. He was claimed 2 back, and this barn is 36% with turf runners. She should be up close, and a perfect trip is in order today.
Race #2 – #2 Gambling Geraldine (6-5)
John Velasquez in the irons for Todd Pletcher (34%). They win at 33% and 67% ITM. First lasix is a powerful tool, and can give a runner added juice. The dam is a 75% winner with her babies, and has 9 starters with 9 winners and 2 stakes winners. I like that the sire is 24% a winner with his firsts, and they make a good team for babies hitting the track.
Race #3 – #5 Ferentz (3-1)
Alan Garcia is the pilot, and his mount is 2/2 at Belmont. Won the last effort out, and the barn can score at a 25% clip on this move. Seems to relish Belmont, and qualified for starter 10,000 with those last 2 races at the $10,000 ranking.
Race #4 – #3 Perfect Casting (8-5)
Rajiv Maragh in the seat for Christophe Clemente. They are dropping down one class level, and is 6/7 at Belmont and 11/16 on the turf. Drops in from claiming 35k down to condition 25k. A beaten favorite last out, and that is a players’ angle when going to the windows.