Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 4:46 PM
Below is a list of horse that ran at Belmont Park between Wednesday, 9/11 and Sunday 9/15. These horses should be played net time out provided they race under the conditions mentioned in the report. Play them twice or if they win their next qualifying race.
FORZA DI ORO – It is difficult to imagine a first time juvenile starter having a more adventuresome trip and still gaining place honors. The son of Speightstown dwelt and then ducked in at the start. Steadied while looking for a lane, moved to the outside at the three-eighths pole while five wide, continued to come at the winner late and evened out in the final strides. Add to it that trainer Bill Mott seldom has them cranked fully at first try and who knows how good this guy is? Bet him back in mile to mile and a sixteenth MSW on dirt or turf.
FUEL THE BERN – While no match for the late run from the 3-19 favorite in the NW2X sprint the Danny Gargan trainee turned in a solid effort for a clear second. The 5-year old horse pressed the leader while four wide on the backstretch, took a brief lead then conceded before re-rallying three wide to catch that one before being caught late. Sprints past this level in next.
GO POKE THE BEAR – Solid place effort first off the Brad Cox claim for the 3-year old son of Kitten’s Joy. Haltered for 40K at Saratoga in his prior the colt tracked from the back of the mile and a sixteenth turf test, saved ground until mid-far turn, swung 5 wide and continued on to lose by a neck. Still eligible for NW1X he could find the right field there or beat this high level of claimers in next.
HIGH SCHOOL CRUSH – Good debut run from the George Weaver trained juvenile in a 6 furlong 50K NYSB maiden claimer. The daughter of Twirling Candy struck the side of her stall at the start, bobbled after the break and recovered race in mid-pack. She moved out six wide into upper stretch and continued on strongly to get the show while beaten less than a length. Won’t be a restricted NYSB maiden long.
MARQUET LEGACY – NYSB Gio Ponti filly did well to get the place in second off the layoff and just third career start vs MSW foes at a mile and a sixteenth on grass. She broke in mid-pack and was out in the 4 path don the backstretch, continued 4 wide on the turn and dug in aggressively to secure runner up honors from those inside her, including the good trip winner. Christophe Clement trained 3-year old graduates soon.
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OTHER THINGS EQUAL – It isn’t often you see a Chad Brown runner in a 30K maiden claimer in just its third career start. But that was where this son of Hard Spun was as the trainer shipped in from a failed MSW Turf test at Monmouth and dropped him in to this mile dirt race. The gelding easily dispatched the field as the favorite and remained in Brown’s barn so is a logical play back going one turn on dirt vs mid to a bit higher level NW1L claimers.
PSALMODY – In her second start since moving to the Joe Sharp barn the 5-year old turf mare ran away from her 35K NW3L turf foes in the mile test. She was well in hand throughout and after tracking the early pace setters, waited for her cue at the quarter pole and by the eighth pole had run away from them. The daughter of Harlan’s Holiday is in fine form now and could come right back to beat open 40K claimers.
STRETCHTHESTORY – The juvenile Lookin At Lucky filly rallied wide and late in a MSW turf sprint for the second straight time in her two race career. The Clement trainee was 6 wide in the seven filly field down the backstretch, tried to save ground on the turn and came out four wide in the lane to get show honors, missing by 2 lengths. Bred to and runs like she wants more ground. Back her going mile or more on grass in next.