0/3 Sunday in the Conductor’s return to Belmont was not what he envisioned. He’s getting back in the swing of NYRA, but he’s taken copious notes from Aqueduct. Tread lightly the first week or two until the Conductor gets a firm grasp on the turf and dirt. Then hold on to dear life. The train will be humming before you can say skip. Skip.

Race 5: 1 Mile. Clm 40000n2L

#5 Keen Heir (8/1) – Shipping in from Keeneland 1st off the claim, he ran a solid 3rd sprinting last time behind a next out winner. He’s been working well since and adds blinkers today for the first time. There is very little early speed in this race and he should get an ideal trip on the lead or up close to a moderate pace. This boy looks Keen to steal it.

Race 8: 1 1/16 Mile. (Inner Turf) Alw 50000s

#7 Shinsun (8/1) – He’s a deep closer, so a lot has to go right. However, there looks to be a quick early pace and the Conductor thinks he’s the most talented runner in the field. He ran really strong late pace figures last year and had a couple of brutal trips. He broke is maiden on debut at Belmont at this distance too, so the layoff is no concern. At a square price the Conductor will take a shot.

Race 9: 1 Mile. (Turf) MC 40000

*Gullet Shot of the Day #13 Chess Spectacular (6/1) – The Conductor is really hoping this colt draws in. In his first start on the grass last time, he had a bad turf trip. He traveled 3-wide and uncovered on both turns and still made a nice move entering the stretch. He’ll get a terrible post if he draws in, but this group is much weaker than the bunch he faced last time. The Conductor will key him at a square price.


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