The Conductor couldn’t sleep all week having to wait until Friday for Belmont to resume after a disappointing Sunday. The good news is we have five straight days of racing through the 4th of July and Saratoga is right around the corner. Enjoy your holiday weekend drinking stew with your passenger friends and family. The Conductor will be shoveling. More coal. More. Skip.
Race 3: 7 Furlongs. (Turf) OC 80000n3x
#2 Cazadero (9/2) – This gelding missed the break in his return from Dubai last time. That race was a likely prep for this spot anyway, as he returns vs tougher just 14 days later. He’s a Grade 2 winner on turf and has shown ability on dirt as well. This is Jacobson’s specialty move, he’s 6/19 this year with a whopping +$1.99 ROI with runners 2nd off a layoff.
Race 7: 1 Mile. OC 62500n2x
#4 Guntown (9/2) – #6 Gait (2/1) is the rightful favorite in here cutting back in distance after pressing a quick pace last time. However, Linda Rice has won every dirt race during this Belmont meet. Guntown’s form is better than it looks on paper too. He’s consistently run huge late pace figures, closing behind slow paces. His running style should suit Belmont’s track profile perfectly and moving into Linda’s barn for the first time, he’ll obviously run a career best race.
Race 8: 1 3/8 Mile. (Inner Turf) F.Alw 95000n1x
*Gullet Shot of the Day #9 Lullaby Land (5/1) – 1st off the claim shipping up from Tampa last time, this mare made nice visual move on the turn before flattening out. She still ran a good 3rd that day and now shortens in distance 1/8 of a mile. Trainer Jack Abrams runs a capable small barn and it’s a good sign that Jose stays in the saddle…although the Conductor is hoping for a better ride this time. She’ll be an overlay and the Conductor will bet she puts the field to sleep.