The races getting taken off the turf last minute displeased the Conductor yesterday. We’re on the turf today at Belmont and the Conductor cannot wait to sink into his couch and stare at screens for the next 48 hours. Let’s Ride.
Race 1: 6 Furlongs. F.S.Alw 66000n1x
#1 Girl of Tosconova (6/1) – Making her 1st start of the year, she was thrust into Grade 2 competition in her 3rd career last winter. With natural maturity as a 3-year-old, she can improve mightily today. The odds on favorite #2 Cash Offer (3/5) will have early pace pressure to contend with.
Race 2: 6 Furlongs. (Inner Turf) F.S.MC 40000
#5 Cape Cod Diva (6/5) – Dropping to the maiden claiming ranks for the first time against a heinous field, she’s an absolute cinch.
Race 3: 6 ½ Furlongs. Clm 40000
#2 Happy Form (7/5) – A two horse race on paper, the Conductor leans towards the Servis runner.
Race 4: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) MC 40000
#3 Crypto Gold (3/1) – 2nd off the claim for Linda Rice, she’s 37% with a +$0.78 ROI this year with runners 2nd out.
#1 Highway Flyer (6/1) – He had a brutal trip last time. The Conductor likes his upside at a decent price.
Race 5: 6½ Furlongs. Mdn 75k
#1 Hemlock (3/1) – He went off favored for Mott in his debut, who doesn’t get his 1st timers cranked. The Conductor thinks there is a lot more under the hood.
Race 6: 6 Furlongs. (Turf) F.Alw 50000s
#4 Take Charge Tina (10/1) – This filly was much improved on the turf two back and returns to the lawn 1st off the claim today. The Conductor will key her in the exacta and trifecta.
Race 7: 7 Furlongs. (Turf) Alw 77000n1x
*Double Barreled Buckshot #6 Lonhtwist (6/1) – This colt is progressing and has run well every time sprinting on turf. The Conductor sees him going off at and even bigger price with low % connections.
#9 Quarky (4/1) – He has a major early pace edge over this group and has a chance to wire them.
Race 8: 1½ Mile. Grand Prix American Jockey Club Invitational Stakes
*Gullet Shot of the Day #5 Highland Sky (8/1) – He didn’t beat much in his blowout off the turf win at Belmont last start, but the Conductor loved the way he traveled over the surface. He’s faced tougher turf fields most of his career and the Conductor will hammer him if he’s close to that morning line.
Race 9: 1 1/8 Mile. (Turf) F.Jockey Club Oaks Invitational Stakes
#6 Wonderment (7/2) – The Conductor likes her European form and this distance should hit her right between the eyes.
Race 10: 1½ Mile. (Turf) Jockey Club Derby Invitational Stakes
#9 Spanish Mission (3/1) – This isn’t the strongest group of American runners and the Conductor is going to try to beat Chad Brown here. This boy has very strong form vs tougher across the pond. The Conductor will also use the Euro shippers #4 Pedro Cara (12/1) and #5 San Huberto (10/1).
Race 11: 7 Furlongs. S.MC 25000
#1 Champagne Chills (8/5) – He’s the logical choice, if he doesn’t win at Belmont you could see a bomb in here. The Conductor doesn’t have a strong opinion here.