Throat Shot Thursday: The Conductor’s Plays at Belmont Park

A nice little twilight card with no rain today in New York. With the Preakness only 9 days away, we need to fill up the train with funds fast. Let’s Ride!

Race 1: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.OC 62500n2x

#5 Crimson Forest (6/1) – 2nd off the layoff, she’s been running competitive figures for this level on dirt and has only tried the turf once in her career.  She’s bred to handle the lawn just fine.

Race 2: 5 Furlongs. F.S.Mdn 62k

#3 American Song (5/2) – Trainer Jeremiah Englehart has a positive ROI this year with 1st time starters and this girl’s sire hits at 18% with debut runners.

Race 3: 1 ¼ Mile. (Inner Turf) Mdn 90k

*Gullet Shot of the Day #6 Tiberius Mercurius (6/1) – 2nd off the layoff, this colt ran a strong 2nd last start, closing into a slow pace.  He also gets a rider upgrade to Jose Ortiz.

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Race 4: 1 Mile. (Turf) Clm 40000

#2 Thomond Park (6/1) – Just missing last time at Tampa, he’ll appreciate the shorter distance and the Conductor has seen a lot of Tampa shippers run very well lately.

Race 5: 7 Furlongs. S.OC 40000n2x

#5 Real Dan (4/1) – 2/2 in his 1st two starts, he looks to get a perfect trip stalking a quick pace.

#7 Sicilia Mike (8/1) – He won’t win, but he’ll hit the board. The Conductor will key him underneath in the exacta and trifecta.

Race 6: 6 Furlongs. F.Clm 12500

#6 Riot Worthy (9/2) – The Conductor will key her in the exacta because she loves to run 2nd. She looks to get a dream trip, closing into a hot pace.

Race 7: 7 Furlongs. (Turf) Mdn 80k

#1/1A Entry (5/2) – The Conductor likes both runners, he hopes neither scratch and he can single here.

Race 8: 1 3/8 Mile. Flat Out Stakes 100k

*Never a Doubt Tell Your Boss Your Taking Friday Off and Have Yourself a Long Weekend Lock of the Day #5 Rocketry (9/5) – He had no chance last start at Gulfstream trying to close into a ridiculously slow pace. 2nd off the layoff, he’ll annihilate this field.

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Race 9: 6 Furlongs. (Inner Turf) F.S.Alw 66000n1x

#4 Love and Love (20/1) – The Conductor will take a shot in a wide-open race. She’s run well both sprinting and routing, which the Conductor like to see.


Humpday Heroics: The Conductor’s plays at Aqueduct

Decent day at Parx yesterday for the Conductor with 3 top pick winners including 4/1 Gullet Shot of the Day #4 Alpha Team in race 3.  The train heads to New York today to take on Aqueduct.  They’re off the turf again, but there is still some decent dirt racing.  Wednesday has been the Coductor’s best day the last few weeks.  Let’s build some momentum, Let’s Ride.

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Race 1: 6 Furlongs. S.MC 40000

#7 Bourbon and Rye (5/2) – Well bet in all three of his starts against much tougher, he’s disappointed but shown good early speed.  He’s drawn well to the outside, working well, and many of these others have proven they cannot win at this level.

Race 2: 1 Mile. F.Clm 16000

#7 Expressly (9/2) – She’s shipping in from Parx after a solid effort pressing a decent pace last time. She’s a mile specialist, getting a weight break and her last race had multiple runners come back and win next start.  She won at this level at Aqueduct last winter.

Race 3: 1 Mile. F.Clm 16000

#7 No Limit Babe (6/1) – It’s tough to like anybody in this group, but the Conductor cannot take the 3/5 favorite #6 Brass Ring with a performance so far below par last time.  Drawn well to the outside, this filly plunges in class for top connections, has good early speed, and should improve cutting back in distance and returning to dirt. Let’s hope 7s are wild.

Race 4: 1 Mile. (OFF Turf) F.S.Mdn 60k

#2 Little Song (6/1) – This well-bred filly was 210k at the Keeneland sale and has a solid work tab at Fair Hill.  Graham Motion wins at 13% first out and the Conductor loves that he keeps her in with the rest of these runners who signed up to run on turf.

Race 5: 1 Mile. Clm 16000

#4 Extinct Charm (4/1) – He ran better than it looks on paper last start, pressing a hot pace in between horses and being force wide.  He has the fastest speed figures in this group at a mile and has run some numbers at Aqueduct last winter that would blow this field away.

Race 6: 1 Mile. (OFF Turf) Mdn 70k

#9 Dance For Oro (8/1) – This debut MTO runner is bred to be a good thing and posted a monster workout on November 12.  He also has top connections with the Irad/Linda Rice jokey/trainer combo.

Race 7: 7 Furlongs. F.Clm 40000

*Never a Doubt Humpday Lock of the Day #3 Lemon Crush (3/1) – Shipping in from California facing tougher sprinters, she’s posting bullet works and gets a weight break.  Gate to wire.

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Race 8: 1 1/8 Mile. OC 62500n2x

#8 Own Agenda (12/1)#7 Mr Buff (7/5) is the horse to beat, but this is the Conductor’s price horse he’ll key in the exotics and sprinkle on top.  Steadily progressing, he blew away lesser competition last time and is yet to have a bad effort on dirt.  He is posting sharp works and the distance shouldn’t be a problem.

Race 9: 6½ Furlongs. Clm 12500

*Gullet Shot of the Day #2 Get a Valentine (5/1) – In his first try on dirt last time, the Conductor was impressed, pressing a scorching pace and fading late vs tougher.  He has by far the best early pace figs in this field and the Conductor believes he’ll gut them gate to wire.

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