Belmont Park Key Horses for Thursday 5/18/23

The Sunday card at Belmont turned out to be as bad as the Conductor projected. 0/2 and a chalk fest was a disappointing way to end a stellar weekend. Don’t worry Mr. Ductor, we still bow to you.

Its Preakness week and the train is filled with coal. We’ll remain stationed in New York, but the Conductor will have some bonus Pimlico stakes plays Friday and Saturday. Let’s Ride.

Race 5: 7 Furlongs. (Turf) F.Alw 50000s

#3 Irish Jackson (15/1) – This filly missed the break in her debut, then rushed up and blew by the 1/2 favorite in the stretch. That race was in the slop vs much weaker, but she’s bred for the turf and this is a wide open allowance race. The Conductor thinks she has upside and likes this aggressive spotting 1st off the claim.

*Gullet Shot of the Day #4 La Aguililla (8/1) – Mr. Ductor are you losing it? This horse is 1/31! Yes, this true, but she moved away from a low % barn last time and drastically improved. She was well bet vs a tougher group at this level in that last start and ran much better than it looks on paper. She had heinous turf trip chasing 4-wide, uncovered the entire turn and ran very well to hold onto 3rd. Now she draws a better post, gets a rider upgrade and is 2nd off the bench and 2nd off the claim. If she’s ever going to win, this is the time.

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Race 6: 1 Mile. F.OC 50000n1x

#2 Lay the Groundwork (6/1) – This filly is steadily progressing in the Hennig barn and has run well over the slop, turf and synthetic. She’s bred to handle the dirt just fine. The Conductor isn’t sure why she’s only tried it once. If she can handle the Belmont dirt like the Conductor projects, she fits right in with this group. 6/1 would also be more than a fair price.

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