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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 3:40 PM

Jim Hurley
Wednesday, June 26

(For Horses Which Ran At Belmont – Sunday 7/16 – Sunday 7/23)

With the assumption that these recent Belmont runners will likely make their next start at Saratoga when the meet opens just two weeks from tomorrow (Thursday, July 11-Monday, September 2) my trip analysts have comprised a list of horses that ran within the last few days and appear to be sitting on a win that could very well come at the Spa. Play these horses the next time they run under the circumstances noted in the commentary.

ART THIEF – Three year old filly shipped in from Monmouth and ran back in 8 days as she tested 40K maiden claimers on turf at a mile and a sixteenth. She broke near the rear came off the inside turning for home off and was driving at the eight pole before having to duck back in and wait room behind a rival. It was an improved effort from her recent prior and she was claimed out of the race by George Weaver, who has a habit of making good claims and heating up at Saratoga. Worth playing back at the level.        

CHIPOLATA – Clement filly came from last in pace-less mile and a sixteenth NW3 other than turf allowance allowance to finish second in short field. She settled on the inside after the start, was eased out on the far turn, had to go five wide for the drive and finished well for the place honors. Just needs an honest turf pace and a little more ground wouldn’t hurt.

DADDY KNOWS – 3-Year old MSW gelding was bumped hard at the start in 5 horse Mile Test and while attempting to correct. Stumbled again and drifted 5 wide while on the backstretch, raced 3 wide on the turn, continued to run rank with his head cocked and was 6-7 wide through the lane. And for all that was beaten just 3 lengths as he checked in third. Good start and clean trip at 7 furlong MSW at Spa gets it done.

DYNAMAX PRIME – The 5-year old veteran was in good position to wrestle the lead away from the winner in a second level allowance/optional 62.5K mile and a sixteenth test in last went shut off a bit late. Owned by Robert Bone and trained by Rob Atras, an under the radar combo that is putting up good numbers at PARX and venturing into New York (claimed a handful of horses at Belmont last week.) In that most recent mile and a sixteenth try the gelding kept coming, was beaten 1 ¼ lengths and was 5 lengths clear of third vs a good group. Has the talent to get it done at 9 furlongs (two turns) at the Spa.

ENDORSED – After a flat effort last October, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin gave this Medaglia d’Oro colt plenty of time to grow into his 3-year old season. In his return race he looked like a veteran as he sat off a quick pace in the entry level 6 furlong allowance. He responded when jockey Rosario asked him, angled five wide into the stretch and drew clear inside the sixteenth pole. Breeding says more distance or even turf for this one. Could be this good.

HAI BOBBI – Juvenile filly from the Wesley Ward barn came within a neck of beating her six male rivals when she made her debut in a 5 furlong MSW test last time out. She broke sharply and kicked clear of her rivals, she maintained an advantage and then dug in when the 7-5 winner put a head in front. She continued to battle and was 4 lengths clear of the show runner. Breaks through in next.  

HALLADAY – Todd Pletcher MSW colt made his first start as a 3-year old in his last after a trio of on the board tries as a juvenile. The son of War Front was up to the task as he smartly covered the 7 furlongs over the grass in 1:21 2/5. He pressed the pace of the 3-5 favorite from the start and while in hand drew clear in the final strides. Has the bloodlines and talent to move quickly up the ladder on grass.  

PRETERNATURAL – The son of Ghostzapper flashed speed and faded late as the favorite at 7 furlongs on dirt vs 16K claimers in a NW2L event. In 6 career starts the 4-year old colt has never been on grass but was claimed from Rudy Rodriguez by Linda Rice, who has made quite a name for herself in 5 ½ furlong turf sprints at the Spa. Look for this one in a NW2L turf sprint.

VINCENTO – The veteran gelding has been a yo-yo between trainers Rudy Rodriguez and Linda Rice. Rodriguez had the now 6 year old in January of this year and lost him for 40K to Linda Rice, Rodriguez took him back for the same 40K in his next race and after a trio of open entry level allowance races Rodriguez made him available in a restricted NYSB second level allowance/optional 40K claimer and Rice reached back in. The son of Include was a winner of his last, has won on turf, and has shown he belongs at the level. Looks like a solid claim.

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