The Conductor rarely blames jockeys, so you know what he’s about to do. Rosario’s ride on Keen Heir Thursday was as bad as it gets on dirt. She was miles the best and cost Mr. Ductor bundles of coal. After that, Shinsun was short in the stretch and Belmont Park had the audacity to scratch the Conductor’s kill shot, Chess Spectacular, in the finale. Can’t draw up a worse way to start the racing week. Whatever, onto Friday. Skip.
Race 4: 6 Furlongs. (Inner Turf) F.Clm 25000
#6 Spicy Margarita (5/1) – Shipping in from Laurel, she tried the turf for the first time last race and adored it. She was on the inside in a duel and drew off with ease in the stretch. This is a pretty weak claiming field at Belmont and it looks ripe for to steal it on the front end. Gate to wire.
Race 7: 1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf) F.Alw 50000s
#8 Lady of Thoroton (8/1) – Making her first start off the bench las time she showed nice 4-wide move on the turn. Now making her 2nd start as a 4-year-old, the Conductor projects a step forward. She’ll hit the board at a square price.
#10 Frosty Invasion (15/1) – She’s been terrible on dirt, but switching to turf last time she ran her eyeballs out. She was slammed at start, made an early 4-wide move on the turn, and still won easily. This isn’t a deep allowance field and the Conductor can see her lighting up the tote.
Race 9: 7 Furlongs. (Turf) F.Mdn 90k
*Gullet Shot of the Day #10 Reflexivity (8/1) – She ran much better than it looks in her debut at Saratoga last summer. She chased the pace 3-wide and uncovered entire turn and didn’t completely fade late. Now she returns as a 4-year-old for top connections and gets Lasix for the first time. In a maiden race where many passengers will spread, the Conductor’s money will be on her nose to hit the wire first.