THE BELMONT STAKES
No. 5 American Pharoah takes his shot at stardom if he can win this race and the way he has been training this is his race to win or lose. Todd Pletcher sends out two runners No. 8 Materiality and No. 3 Madefromlucky the winner of the Peter Pan stakes here and last year’s winner exited the Peter Pan. Pletcher may know that his only shot is for Materiality to take on American Pharoah early and not let him get an easy lead. That strategy may not work and if he does take him on early that could set up No. 6 Frosted the big gray or the sneaky looking No. 1 Mubtaahij. Mubtaahij gets the leading jockey here at Big Sandy Irad Ortiz Jr and that is a huge plus. 5 with 1-3-6-8 will be the main bet in a trifecta and super and we will use the five second on one ticket just in case.
No. 1 Saint Dermot just missed last time out going a mile and now gets an extra 1/2 a furlong. No. 3 Derby Glass exits the same race and today he gets Bejarano. No. 6 Northern Iowa also exits the race and he finished a nice closing 4th and has a bullet last work. 1-3-6
2yo maidens go 4-1/2 furlongs. No. 2 Small Town Shuffle is a live Tommy Town first time starter. No. 3 Suavemente just missed by a neck in his one start here, he will be the one to beat at a short price. Hollendorfer sends out first time starter No. 5 Midvale Magic who is out of the dam Gn. Group Meeting who has dropped 3 winners from 3 starters. 2-3-5
Maidens go 6 furlongs, No. 5 Mr. Pucci was well bet in his one start, he showed speed but was pressed all the way but still held well for third, he has a real good work since. No. 7 Look Twice is a first time starter out of the dam Unique Creek who has dropped 5 winners from 5 starters and he has a nice 5 furlong work for his debut. 5-7
THE $100K CRYSTAL WATER
No. 1 Patriots Rule had his prep when going down the hill last out, he now goes a mile on the grass. The red hot Richard Baltas sends out No. 5 Lucky J Lane who is 4 for 4 at this mile distance. No. 6 Forest Chatter has won all four of turf starts here but they were down the hill, he will now try a flat mile and will be over bet. 1-5-6
In this $8k claimer going 1-1/16 No. 4 Bixley gets his second off the layoff and looks set for a big effort at a good price. 4
$50k claimers go down the hill, No. 4 Ain’t No Other rarely runs a bad race and the drop to this level makes him the one to beat. No. 5 U S Citizen exits the same race as Ain’t No Other a race in which Forest Chatter won and he is running in the Crystal Water in race four. 4-5
$12,500 fillies and mares go 5-1/2 furlongs. No. 5 Prettypreciousheir just broke her maiden wire-to-wire and looks spotted perfectly. No. 7 Beyond Lucky drops to a better level and also will show all of her speed. No. 9 Wild Heart Run comes off the layoff for Hector Palma and looks very live. No. 10 Kantina Kowgirl gets off the grass, drops in class and gets a turn back in distance, if the speed falls apart she will be mowing them down late. No. 3 Ill Tell You What will also be making a late run. 3-5-7-9-10
.10 cent super box 3-5-7-9-10
$50k maidens go 1 mile on the grass. No. 7 Unusually Big drops back in with claimers and may have found a group he can beat. No. 10 Magna Rex gets Flavien Prat and will get his first taste of the grass for a hot barn. No. 12 Proud Captive ran good in his one start down the hill and the mile may be perfect for him. No. 11 Passinaflash will be making a late run. 7-10-11-12
No. 7 Lets Get Frisky gets back to 7 furlongs the distance of her near miss two races back, we will take our shot with here and hope she is real frisky today. 7
No. 2 Toowindytohaulrox exits our HTW list off a trouble trip last out, he will love this mile distance and gets the hard trying Tiago Pereira in the irons. 2
Win and place 2
$20k maidens go 7 furlongs, No. 2 Upbeat Tempo was claimed for $30k one race back by Ron Ellis, he ran him with straight maidens first off the claim with no success and now drops him for a $20k price tag. Jockey David Flores who is still looking for his first win since returning from Japan gets on first time starter No. 6 Day in the Sun who looks very sneaky. Papa Mandella drops No. 10 Mr. Cartagena in with claimer for the first time, he is the one to beat. 2-6-10***
No. 5 Bershinsky drops to the bottom and will be odds on, we can’t be on him or against. 5
Trainer Andy Mathis who trained Bershinsky in the first race will try and take down the early double with No. 3 Midnight Rambler who comes off a near miss and has a good last work since. 3
No. 1 Tribal Tribute moves up off the good last win on this grass course. No. 3 Tiz Dynamic gets his first start off the John Martin claim, he has him spotted for action with the move back to the grass. 1-3
No. 3 McCann’s Half Full drops in class and gets the hot riding David Lopez. No. 4 Feed Me also drops and she gets Baze. No. 6 Sugar Cane Royalty drops and gets Gonzo. 3-4-6
No. 2 Scattercash ran good in her first try on the grass and she was gaining on them at the end. No. 4 Singing just missed at this level one race back. 2-4
No. 6 Mydancingshadow got hung out to dry in his one start and will go much better today. No. 8 Holdthismiss looks the one to beat off his last start and he exits the same race as Mydancingshadow.
In this five furlong turf sprint, No. 1 Off the Deep End ran huge in his one turf sprint going down the hill at Santa Anita. No. 4 Golden Guy won in his only try at this five furlong turf distance. Peter Miller ships in the No. 7 Coyote Fly who could be a real runner. 1-4-7
No. 5 Poker At Seal Rock comes off a long layoff but looks ready to fire. No. 6 Cause Ur My Babe gets a big class drop. 5-6
No. 1 Mon Petite owns a win and a second from her two turf starts here. No. 5 Onedewoman looks set off her last on the grass. No. 7 Josephine’s Moment won in her only turf start here. 1-5-7
No. 3 Redneck Girl moves up off a good first try. No. 4 Bench Ruling ships in and gets the big drop in class. No. 9 Lakia looks live at first asking. 3-4-9
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Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].