Friday at Belmont: Sunny Desert back at her favorite distance

Friday, September 19


Race 3: Allowance $75,000 at one mile for NY-bred fillies and mares

5 – Sunny Desert
4 – Carameaway
1 – Girlaboutown

I suppose it’s fair to question whether or not SUNNY DESERT (#5) has been quite as effective at age five as she has been in past years, but I’m willing to be forgiving of her two efforts this year. Both came on sloppy tracks going distances that are probably just shy of her best. Today she stretches out to her preferred one-turn mile I expect her to assert her superiority over her fellow NY-bred mares and the up-and-coming entry of three year-old fillies. I’m actually going to try to get Carameaway (#4) into the runner-up spot, since she is coming off a career best performance in which she attacked an honest pace and drew off with authority. She has been working uncharacteristically well since and could be sitting on another big effort.

$15 Trifecta 5-4-1
$10 Trifecta 5-1-4


Race 8: Optional Claiming $62,500/N2X at one mile on the turf

10 – Mills

MILLS (#10) had to endure a wide trip at Saratoga last time, and now moves into the barn of Bill Mott off the private purchase. That, coupled with the removal blinkers, which seemed to do nothing at all for him when they were put on, make him an appealing option here. I know that it’s possible that he’s going off form, but if he can still run, today is the day he’s supposed to prove it.

$15 Win 10


Race 9: Maiden Special Weight at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for two year-old fillies

1 – Trensita

TRENSITA (#1) never had much of a chance in her debut after settling near the back of the pack and being forced to race wide around both turns in a slowly-paced race. When Luis Saez tried to move her up around the far turn, the field was bunching in front of her, and she was forced to go four- to five-wide coming into the stretch. All things considered, she stayed on well late, and should be set for an improved performance today.

$15 Win 1
$5 Exacta 6,7 with 1 (Payout: $63.00)


Today’s Wagers: $65.00
Today’s Payouts: $63.00

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